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Over 200 professionals from local authorities and housing associations recently came together to learn about the latest developments in the fire door sector in the UK’s first CPD Accredited CE Marked GRP fire door seminars. Held over two days and hosted by fire door specialist manufacturer and installer Nationwide Windows, delegates heard from industry leading organisations including the Association of Composite Door Manufacturers (ACDM), Fire Door Systems (FDS), Warringtonfire and the Nationwide team.
John Whalley, Nationwide MD comments: “There’s no doubt it has been a challenging time for everyone in the fire door supply chain, especially those involved in social housing specification and the commissioning of fire doors. That’s why we wanted to instigate these seminars to offer clarity, share the sheer amount of testing that has been undertaken to ensure that the next generation of GRP fire doors are safe and fit for purpose, and offer practical guidance. The timing of the seminars was also especially important as November 1st sees the new CE Marking legislation coming into effect.
“Thanks to the fact we were able to share knowledge from people who rank among the most knowledgeable and respected from across the sector, delegates were given an overview of the fire door market since Grenfell to today; the current status and minimum requirements to supply; details of the latest digital solutions available for coding and tracking fire rated door-sets from point of manufacture, to install, to inspection and maintenance; insights into the robust testing requirements of the EU fire door testing; advice on how to specify and access the next generation of CE Marked GRP fire doors; and the benefits of third party certification and the schemes offered for GRP fire rated doorsets.
“Taking the lead on organising these seminars was an obvious choice for Nationwide as we recently announced we’re one of the first suppliers back to market with our next generation, CE Marked, GRP fire door solutions. Representing over £500,000 investment in >40 individual fire tests run in UKAS (or EU equivalent) test centres in three different European countries, our door as previewed at CIH Housing, is proven to keep fire at bay for far in excess of 30 minutes against temperatures of 900°C Celsius in accordance with EN 1634-1, and smoke tested to EN1634-3. It has undergone more bi-directional testing than any other GRP fire door set and is designed to pass the rigours of PAS24 and Secured By Design enhanced security standards. Lots of delegates at the seminars who had chance to see the doors first-hand were especially impressed that they’re available as full door sets with both solid and glazed door styles, with or without a fixed overhead fanlight, letterplate or spy hole, and a choice of hardware.
“But it’s not only the manufacture of the products at our state-of-the-art door facility in Rugby, one of the major benefits that Nationwide can offer specifiers, landlords and ultimately residents is complete peace of mind. We are third party, independently accredited at every stage of the fire door process: from site survey, to manufacture, to installation, and we are one of only a few companies to have been awarded the prestigious Q Mark by BM TRADA in recognition of our process control from start to finish.
“Our mission is to be the social housing sector’s partner of choice when it comes the commissioning of large scale fire door replacement or new installation programmes. Feedback from the seminars proves we are on track to achieve this.”