What testing methods are used on fire doors and doorsets?

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Fire doors are available in a huge range of styles and designs. They can incorporate glazing, an array of veneers and ironmongery to suit the aesthetic of any project, but the one thing they all have in common is that they’ve been rigorously tested to ensure they meet specific requirements.

The testing methods used on fire doors and doorsets are defined in BS 476 Part 22: methods for determination of the fire resistance of non-loading bearing elements of construction (or BS EN 1634 Part 1, the European equivalent). Read more »

How do I ensure fire doors and doorsets are compliant with building regulations?

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When specifying any element of a building, fire safety is a crucial consideration – and it’s particularly important in the selection of doors. That’s because fire doors carry out two essential roles: to compartmentalise a building to delay the spread of fire and smoke from one area to another, and to provide a means of escape.

Fire doors are required in most new-build and existing properties. This applies to every commercial, public and multiple-occupancy building, as well as some domestic properties.

With the support of Jon Gorf, Technical Consultant at BWF Certifire, this post helps to provide you with information on how to identify compliant fire doors and doorsets. Read more »

What are the design aesthetics of aluminium curtain walling?

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The design aesthetics of aluminium curtain walling typically include clean lines and sleek glass surfaces. Known for providing a modern appearance, aluminium curtain walling is suitable for a range of buildings such as offices, shopping centres, blocks of schools, hospitals and universities.

When specifying aluminium curtain walling, there are a number of different design aspects to consider to ensure the result meets your aesthetic requirements. These include:

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Are aluminium windows Part Q compliant?

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The design, hardware and installation of aluminium windows are factors that affect whether the product is Part Q compliant.

Following the publication of Part Q, security has become an essential consideration for new-build properties, and we’re often asked if aluminium windows meet these requirements. The answer is: it depends.

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Does curtain walling need to be Secured by Design?

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Security is an important consideration for any new-build project. After all, future occupants will want the property to be secure and a certain standard is required by the Building Regulations 2010.

Specifiers may already be aware of how doorsets and windows need to meet certain safety regulations – but what about curtain walling? Many mixed-use Does curtain walling need to be Secured by Design?

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What is PAS 23?

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Publicly Available Specification 23, also known as PAS 23:1999 is a now-defunct performance standard for doors and windows. Despite this it is still not uncommon to get requests for PAS 23, despite the fact it is no longer current. It was designed to confirm whether a particular doorset was fit for purpose and included weather and operational testing. Read more »