The Locksmith Journal May/Jun 2018 - Issue 56 - Page 61

DOORCLOSERS&HINGES • 61 PROUD SPONSORS OF THIS PAGE Fire protection & accessibility – building regs pitfalls » » DOUGLAS MASTERSON, TECHNICAL manager at the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI), provides guidance on door closing devices and accessibility requirements… WHICH TAKES PRECEDENCE – FIRE PROTECTION OR ACCESS REQUIREMENTS? The requirements for fire protection and accessibility have equal importance and both must be met to satisfy current UK building regulations and other legislation. A common misconception is that the various guidance documents to the building regulations have no real status. This mistake leads people to think that these documents can be ignored if the guidance is difficult to achieve or problematic. While it may be possible to meet the requirements of the building regulations in a different way, you cannot avoid or do less than the requirement. For example, it is a requirement for doors to be easy to open. This could be met by a suitable door closer, able to offer not more than 30 N opening resistance over the first 30º of door opening and 22.5 N thereafter, as suggested in the guidance documents. Alternatively, it might be met by an electro-magnetic hold open/swing free door closer; a low energy door operator; or a fully automated doorset. Similarly, some think that BS 8300 can be side-lined, because it has ‘Code of Practice’ in the title. This is not correct. There are several types of British Standard. Some are ‘specifications’ such as the individual door hardware standards which set out test methods and performance requirements. Those standards which are ‘Codes of Practice’ are generally less prescriptive but still important nationally agreed documents. The British Standards Institution (BSI) defines them as: “Codes of practice recommend sound good practice as currently undertaken by competent and conscientious practitioners. They are drafted to incorporate a degree of flexibility in application, whilst offering reliable indicative benchmarks. They are commonly used in the construction and civil engineering industries.” There is flexibility in application but you need to recognise the benchmarks of acceptable practice, and you cannot do it to a lesser standard and expect to have complied. MUST DOOR CLOSING DEVICES BE DISABILITY %M I%5%9Q%=8) P=HEU1%Qd) P =5A1%9P)ȁ͕̀ȁ䁽ѡȁɑ݅ɔ)ɽՍФЁՅ)и!ݕٕȰͽ́)ȁɑ݅ɔЁͥЁɕ͕)ݹȽȁ٥Յ)ݥѠɕɐѼѡɅѥ)ѡȁե)QݽɭѼɽѕЁݥѠ)ͅѥ̃LՑѥ)ͥѕLɽ͍ɥѥ)Q܁䁅́9ѡɸ)%ɕMѱ]́ɔ)܁ٕɕѡՅЀ)́Ѽѡɽ՝ե́́)ɥɕեɕЁѡՅЁ)ɕեɕձѥ́U,)QɕѥȁЁɔѡ(8ɕͥх 耴 褁)ɔѡȸԁ8 耴 褁́)1= -M5%Q!)=UI90