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Protecting People, Property and the Planet
What have fire doors ever done for us?
Ian Stewart
Certification scheme manager
June 2014
Part of the BRE Trust
Today’s agenda
 Role of fire doors?
 What has been going wrong?
 Fire door defects
 Third part approved installer schemes
 Fire Door Education Programme – BRE/DHF
Role of fire doors?
In the event of a fire:
 Maintain fire compartmentation and reduce smoke spread.
 Protect escape routes to allow safe evacuation.
 Protect escape routes to allow search and rescue to proceed.
 Save lives and protect property.
Fire doors in action
What has been going wrong?
On construction sites.
• Poor installation.
• No certification.
• Poor knowledge and understanding of the role of fire doors.
• No inspection
• No demand for third party approved fire door installers.
• No demand for trained operatives.
Non compliant fire doors?
What has been going wrong?
In exisiting buildings
• Little or no repair and maintenance
• Poor fire door inspection by risk assessors.
• Too many doors to check and no budget to do it.
• The Regulatory Reform Order 2005 is helping to
expose many non compliant fire door installations.
Fire door defects
Pictures courtesy of Checkmate Fire Solutions Ltd
Third party approved installer schemes?
 Reduce risk and liability for manufacturers, end users, insurers,
clients, specifiers, contractors, legislators ………
 Reduce the risk of loss of life and product failures by ensuring
professional installation
 Reduce damage caused to property and hence insurance losses
should a fire occur
 Compliance with Regulation 38.
 Encourage insurers and Building Control that fire safety has been
given appropriate consideration
 Regulatory Reform Order – certification and traceability
Protecting People, Property and the Planet
Thank you for your attention
Ian Stewart
Certification scheme manager
Part of the BRE Trust