The Locksmith Journal May/Jun 2018 - Issue 56 - Page 62

62 • DOORCLOSERS&HINGES PROUD SPONSORS OF THIS PAGE The industry must ‘do better’ with passive fire measures » » AT THE END OF 2017 – AND following the Grenfell Fire tragedy – the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) stressed the importance of compartmentation and called for crucial changes in building regulations, urging the UK government to adopt and enforce a mandatory requirement that any fire - or smoke - resistant door should be a factory-prepared doorset, manufactured under a third-party certification scheme, which is itself accredited by UKAS. In addition, installation of the doorsets should be undertaken only by companies certified to do so under a UKAS-accredited third-party certification scheme. Certification schemes of this type covering manufacture and installation are currently available. The Tamworth-based organisation, widely respected as the industry’s independent authoritative voice, has been tirelessly lobbying for appropriate qualification of those responsible for manufacture, installation, repair and maintenance and welcomed recommendations made in the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety’s Interim Report, published on 18 December, in particular, that those working on the design, construction, inspection and maintenance of complex and high-risk buildings are suitably qualified. DHF’s efforts to highlight the growing commercial and legal benefits of specifying complete timber doorsets, as opposed to purchasing individual components from various sources, have seen the publication of its all-inclusive guide highlighting the USP’s of ‘factory prepared complete timber doorsets’ in an easy-to-download publication. The new publication will aid building professionals such as specifiers, architects and contractors to achieve a wider understanding and recognise the advantages to purchasing a complete product. “Our newest publication explains the USPs of choosing a complete timber doorset, for example, that these products derive from one single source of supply, are quality-controlled products, are more cost-effective and a greener option as they are engineered for energy efficiency and sustainability,” explains DHF’s General Manager and Secretary, Michael Skelding. “We have witnessed exactly what can take place when either a poorly- fitted door, or a fire door that has had its integrity compromised, becomes a liability,” he says. “DHF believes factory-prepared certified doorsets are a no-fuss solution, that are guaranteed to perform and are also perfect for modular builds; it is our hope this document will promote a greater understanding of the benefits of these products.” DHF represents companies manufacturing, installing and maintaining fire-and smoke-resisting doors, including pedestrian hinged/ LOCKSMITHJOURNAL.CO.UK | MAY/JUN 2018 Sponsored by Insafe | | pivoted doors and rolling shutters. A number of its now-450 members have experience of working with many parts of the supply chain including architects, building contractors, facilities management companies and owners/ occupiers of premises. But there are further on-going concerns across the industry about a potentially contentious issue: the poor state of door closers found on some fire-resisting doorsets. It’s an area, according to Michael, that the industry is ‘getting wrong’ with current statistics unsettling. An independent study recently identified more than 60% of door closers in the UK are installed incorrectly. Of this number, 80% are not set-up and commissioned correctly, with 25% being an incorrect product in the first place. “Choosing the wrong product because of a lack of understanding, choosing the right product but experiencing problems when this gets changed owing to, for example, costs, or choosing the right product, but then having it incorrectly installed and maintained exacerbate the problem,” he explains. What is required, according to Michael, is a greater understanding industry-wide as to what a correctly specified, installed and maintained fire door closer must be able to do, and more straightforward information about dealing with selection, installation and maintenance. It is hoped that with support from DHF and other key organisations the industry can progress toward a system that promotes improved testing and third-party certification. DHF will be exhibiting at Lockex 2018 – Security & Fire Safety on Friday 8th & Saturday 9th June, readers are invited to visit the stand to find out more information about the trade association and how it can help you.