Clearview National May 2017 - Issue 186 - Page 38

ALLDOORS Fire door code of practice revised » » BSI, THE BUSINESS standards company, has revised BS 8214 Code of practice for fire door assemblies. The updated standard gives recommendations for the specification, installation and maintenance of timber-based fire doors. BS 8214 now includes updated guidance associated with the sealing between the door assembly and the surrounding structure. The recommendations are applicable to timber-based hinged or pivoted pedestrian door assemblies or door leaves, fitted into frames of any material. Other changes to the revised standard from its predecessor, BS 8214:2008, include new fire precautions in the design, construction and use of building to ensure the standard is harmonized with recently revised BS 9999 Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings. BS 8214 was revised with suppliers of door assembly components in mind, many of whom are looking for ways to align their offering with the reliability of assembly offered by doorsets. The revised standard reflects changes in the industry to meet its usability, particularly in relation to the installation and maintenance of fire doors, and is particularly relevant to those who work in the fire performance and smoke control sectors. Anthony Burd, Head of Built Environment at BSI, said: “BS 8214 offers step-by-step guidance by experts from the fire door installation sector, certification bodies, and from across the industry. Failure to properly specify, install or maintain a fire door assembly could have devastating consequences. Fortunately for the industry, BS 8214 is the benchmark standard for the correct installation and maintenance of timber-based fire doors.” BS 8214 will be of benefit to joinery sub-contractors; door and window manufacturers; architects; building contractors; maintenance companies; certification bodies; local authorities; glass manufacturing companies; construction materials and building manufacturers; and suppliers of door assembly components. BSI convened a wide range of people when designing this standard including the Door and Hardware Federation and the Door Manufacturers Association; experts in specification, installation and maintenance of timber-based fire doors; door and window manufacturers; architects; and tech, inspection and certification houses were also consulted. The revised standard is applicable only to door assembles that are designed to provide fire resistance ratings of up to and including a two hour time period when tested in accordance with other British standards BS 476- 22 or EN 1634-1. BS 8214 no longer covers door sets, which are covered in BS EN 16034. Significant sector growth Keith Sadler, Managing Director » » AWARD-WINNING composite door supplier Vista has welcomed the findings of a new report that forecasts significant growth in the composite door market. It predicts the sector will see substantial gains through to 2020. ‘The Market of Domestic Doors’ report comes from reputable fenestration analysts Palmer Market Research, and reveals that composite doors now account for 50% of the entrance door market. It suggests that this share could grow to as much as two-thirds by 2020. The report predicts that while the overall door market will remain ‘almost static’ as the market reacts to the uncertainties of Brexit, the composite door market will grow 22% in the next three years. Overall, however, it suggests that the home improvement sector will only see minimal im pacts from Brexit negotiations. “This is clearly brilliant news and confirms what we’re seeing ourselves,” comments Keith Sadler, Managing Director of Vista. “We’ve seen unbelievable 38 » M AY 2017 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M growth as a company in recent years, and consistently rising demand for our composite doors. Homeowners are more discerning than ever, demanding a high-quality entrance door that can not only offer exemplary performance, efficiency and durability but an extensive range of aesthetic choices too – and that’s why XtremeDoor continues to be hugely successful.” We constantly strive to make XtremeDoor the best it can possibly be – making it available in the widest range of colours, styles and hardware options, and working continually to find ways to further improve its already industry-leading performance. Just recently, we’ve upgraded the product with a 100% thicker GRP skin, and added two new colours to the XtremeDoor range. Now, the XtremeDoor isn’t just the UK’s best-performing composite door – it can also be completely customised to match any homeowner’s taste, and suit any property or project.” Founded in 1995, Vista specialise in composite doors and uPVC doors for both trade and home improvement markets. Operating from a state-of-the- art, 50,000 square-foot factory in Merseyside, Vista supply to fabricators across the UK and Europe. Last year, Vista were acquired by Eurocell, one of the leading manufacturers, distributors and recyclers of windows, doors, conservatories and roofline products.