Fire Doors From Five Suppliers Fail Tests

Fire Doors From Five Suppliers Fail Tests

Date:Nov 05, 2018

Fire doors from five suppliers have failed to meet the fire performance standard, following a government investigation.

All of the doors have been withdrawn from the market.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) said it opened the investigation after finding that a glazed, composite fire door from Grenfell Tower manufactured by Manse Masterdor had failed a 30-minute fire resistant test after 15 minutes.

It then found problems with doors produced by Masterdor (the successor business to Manse Masterdor) as well as with glazed composite doors made by three other manufacturers which failed fire resistance testing when tested on both sides.

The three other manufacturers were Specialist Building Products (trading as Permadoor), Solar Windows, and Birtley Group (trading as Bowater by Birtley).

MHCLG said it was writing to all building control bodies to highlight the need to check that existing Building Regulations guidance on new fire door installations is followed.

The guidance sets out which tests should be performed - including testing doors on both sides - in order to meet Building Regulations requirements.

Meanwhile, James Brokenshire, secretary of state for communities, has instructed major fire door suppliers to meet this week and agree a plan of action to tackle the failings identified, with weekly reports on progress.

Brokenshire said: "While the department’s investigations are on-going, I now have enough evidence to suggest that there is a broader issue across the fire door market. That is why I am calling on suppliers to meet this week and provide reassurance that they are gripping this issue properly.

"I want to see a clear plan of action to rectify existing problems and ensure such failures are not repeated in the future. Whilst our Expert Panel assures me the risk remains low I want to assure the public that the government is doing everything it can to ensure construction products are of the highest safety standards and accurately tested and marketed."

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