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
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
- Glazed and unglazed doors supplied by Manse Masterdor and
- 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standards have been withdrawn from the market.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