Can I specify FD20 rated fire doors?

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What do fire door ratings mean?

Fire door performance is rated in terms of resistance, and therefore the contribution a door makes to compartmentation and slowing the spread of fire.

It is declared as a number of minutes – 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes – and ratings can be determined by both British Standard or European Standard test methods. Under the British Standard, a fire door rated for 30 minutes resistance is designated FD30; one rated for 60 minutes resistance is designated FD60, and so on.

The rating for a fire door includes the complete assembly. That means the frame, intumescent seals, smoke seals (if required), lock, hinges, glazing and any other optional door furniture required for the application, all working in conjunction with the door leaf itself to achieve the necessary performance. Read more »

British and European fire door standards

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Which standards apply to fire doors?

National building regulations describe how our built environment should perform in the event of a fire, but standards describe how products and components should be tested to check that performance is achieved.

When researching fire doors, the wide array of door-related standards generally can be confusing. In terms of fire performance, BS 476, EN 1634 and BS 8214 are the most important documents. Read more »

The role of primary test evidence in fire door specification

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What is primary test evidence for fire doors?

Results of fire door testing apply to the specific configuration of components subjected to an individual test, and manufacturers ensure the products they produce replicate tested performance.

That consistency is a pillar of third-party accreditation scheme membership. Sometimes, however, it is necessary to call upon the test reports themselves, or primary test evidence. Read more »

Mick Brooker

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Everyone at Soundcraft is deeply shocked and saddened at the sudden recent death of our friend Mick Brooker.

Our sympathies and condolences are with his family at this time.

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Regeneration for Pollards Hill Estate

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Soundcraft has been appointed by Main Contractor United Living to work on the large-scale regeneration of Pollards Hill Estate.

Pollards Hill is set to be transformed into a million-pound Estate regeneration programme.
The rejuvenation will assist with the improvement of existing homes as well as the creation of new homes. Read more »

Wishing a Merry Christmas from all at Soundcraft

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From everyone at Soundcraft we wish you a Fantastic Christmas and a Prosperous 2018.

Our Offices will be closed from midday on Friday 22nd December and will re-open at 8.00 am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

During December, a limited production of the manufacture of communal portcullis security doors and aluminium curtain walling will take place. This is to ensure that the New Year begins with the necessary momentum to fulfil the installation commitments made for early January.

At this special time of year, we are looking back with appreciation to our customers and suppliers for your loyalty and looking forward to moving into the New Year together.

Best wishes from all of us at Soundcraft.

Fire Resistance Test on FD30 front entrance doors for a Housing Development

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City Island Phase 2 project is a housing development in East London. It includes 10 residential buildings, offices, retail, an energy centre and a centrepiece cultural building, which is home to the English National Ballet.

Soundcraft have been appointed by Pantera Carpentry for the supply of over 400 apartment entrance doors for the blocks (A&M). As the developer requested that a non-standard multipoint lock to be installed and as Soundcraft had not previously tested this particular lock a fire test was required.

Consequently, Soundcraft instructed Exova BM Trada to carry out the fire test on the FD30 front entrance doors, incorporating a German manufactured Glutz multipoint lock complete with the necessary intumescent packs. Other ironmongery included 4nr hinges, a cylinder with thumb turn, lever, escutcheons, spyhole and dropseal.

The fire test was successful with the doorset performing over and above the required 30 minutes mark and was switched off at 40 minutes. Soundcraft have since been awarded further Blocks (B&C) with the same customer for another 400+ apartment front entrance doors. In addition to being FD30, the doors are also Pas 24 and FSC.

A third-party certification from Exova BM Trada provides the reassurance that every product will perform as expected.

For more information on the range of doors and doorsets available at Soundcraft, view our product range here.

New Contracts Manager Joins Soundcraft Team

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Soundcraft would like to introduce Danny Blaney as the newest member of their young & dynamic team.

Earlier this month, Danny officially joined Soundcraft as Contracts Manager and will be in charge of all curtain walling installation, as well as doors and windows in aluminium and hybrid composite. Read more »

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 »