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Fire doors from 5 suppliers found to fail fire safety standards  02/08/2018 Labelled as Scrutiny, Regulation

The government has now announced that fire doors from 5 suppliers have now been identified as failing to meet requisite fire performance standard, after it was found that a glazed, composite fire door from Grenfell Tower manufactured by Manse Masterdor failed a 30 minute fire resistance test.


Worryingly for landlords and tenants, the government says these latest failures highlight broader potential failings within the industry. The government has written to all building control bodies, highlighting the need to check that existing building regulations guidance on new fire door installations is followed. The Secretary of State for Communities has also instructed major fire door suppliers to meet and agree a clear plan of action to tackle the failings which have been identified, with weekly reports on progress.

 

The products, which have failed government tests to date are:

 

  • Glazed and unglazed doors supplied by Manse Masterdor and Masterdor Limited;
  • Glazed composite doors supplied by Specialist Building Products Limited, trading as Permadoor; Solar Windows Limited; and Birtley Group Limited, trading as Bowater by Birtley.

 

All doors that are known to have failed to meet the necessary standards have been withdrawn from the market.

 

The government's IndependentExpert Panel and the National Fire Chiefs Council have advised that the additional risk to public safety is low, as even when not meeting full resistance standards fire doors will provide some protection from the spread of fire and are part of a layered fire protection systems within buildings.

 

Read the government's press release


ARCH member councils are urged to check if any of the products mentioned have been installed in council properties in their areas and the government has issued an updated advice (Advice Note 16) for landlords and building owners, advising that flat entrance door-sets should be replaced, if they suspect they do not meet the fire or smoke resistance performance in the Building Regulation Guidance.

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