Library

All of the publications that we share are freely available on the web – we’ve just collated those that we feel you may find helpful.

Advice for Building Owners of Multi-storey, Multi-occupied Residential Buildings

Since the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, the government’s Building Safety Programme has predominantly focussed on identifying and advising on short-term interim and remedial measures for existing high-rise residential buildings with Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding, while developing wider reforms for the future building safety regulatory system.

In support of the Building Safety Programme, the Independent Expert Advisory Panel (the Expert Panel) has issued advice on the measures building owners should take to review ACM and other cladding systems to assess and assure their fire safety, and the potential risks to residents of external fire spread. The Expert Panel has also issued advice on other key fire safety risks that need to be managed appropriately.

Advice for Building Owners of Multi-storey, Multi-occupied Residential Buildings – Supplementary Note

Supplementary note to Advice for Building Owners of Multi-storey, Multi-occupied Residential Buildings, dated January 2020.

This advice recognises that all building owners or those responsible for a building want to ensure their buildings are safe and have existing obligations in this regard. This supplementary note relates to elements of the advice which cover external wall systems, including balconies.

Approved Code of Practice – A National Framework for Fire Risk Assessor Competency

This Approved Code of Practice has been prepared by a working group of fi re risk assessors who assembled at the invitation of the Fire Sector Federation to consider the implications of competency raised by Building a Safer Future Report1 .

This report was produced in May 2018 by Dame Judith Hackitt DBE FREng following the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety that followed the tragic Grenfell Tower fire, which occurred on 14 June 2017.

 

A Guide to Choosing a Competent Fire Risk Assessor

The Fire Risk Assessment Competency Council was formed in 2011 and involved many major stakeholders concerned with this aspect of the fire safety sector. The Fire Sector Federation Competency Workstream assumed responsibility for FRACC in 2016.

This guide is intended as an easy to read introduction to choosing a competent fire risk assessor. The Federation has and continues to publish further information, including criteria against which the competency of those undertaking fire risk assessments can be judged. These document are regularly updated and care should be taken to ensure that the most recent version is used.

Installation of Fire Rated Doorsets

This manual will provide guidance for the preparation, installation and maintenance of a fire rated doorset or door assembly that uses a Falcon Panel Products’ door core or door blank.

Always follow the doorset manufacturer’s installation instructions. This manual is written to compliment general advice from manufacturers, but should not be used in isolation or as a substitute for manufacturer’s installation instructions.

Guidance on CE Marking, Third Party Testing, Assessment and Certification

This Technical Briefing has been written to explain the essential differences between CE marking, third party testing, assessment and certification. It has been written jointly by GAI (Guild of Architectural Ironmongers) and DHF (Door & Hardware Federation).

The CE mark is a legal declaration by a manufacturer that a product complies with one or more European single market directives or regulations. There are some two dozen of these, ranging from medical devices to toys. Products displaying the CE mark must be accepted on the market in all European countries (although national governments retain the ability to regulate how the products are used).

Door Closer Safety – 10 Point Checklist

The UK Government has issued building safety advice for building owners on the measures they should take to ensure their buildings are safe. This advice included specific information on fire doors. In Annex A, which provides advice on assurance and assessment of flat entrance fire doors it states the following:

“It is important that all fire doors, including the compulsory closers, are routinely maintained by a suitably qualified professional. Residents should be made aware of the importance of a working self-closing device on all fire doors which under any circumstances should not be altered.”

BWF Fire Door Alliance Fire Doors and Doorsets – Best Practice Guide

BWF Fire Door Alliance: The leading authority on fire door safety A fire door is a vital safety device engineered to save lives and property. The correct specification, supply, fitting and maintenance are critical and the responsibility of each and every person in the process.

It’s only when a fire breaks out that the consequences of poorly manufactured or fitted fire doors are known. This Best Practice Guide has been prepared by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF Fire Door Alliance) Fire Door Scheme. It is the complete reference source for everything that you and your customer need to know about third party certificated timber fire doors and doorsets.

A Guide for Selecting Flat Entrance Doorsets

Following the tragedy of Grenfell Tower in June 2017, several not for profit organisations with expertise in doorsets and fire safety have come together to provide guidance that will explain what to look for in a flat entrance doorset, how this relates to latest advice supplied by Government (MHCLG) and why third-party certification of fire doorset manufacture, installation and maintenance is a critical part of fire protection.

This guidance only applies when specifying, purchasing, or installing new doorsets.

Door Chains and Limiters

The need for a specification for door chains, limiters, etc. arose because such products were increasingly being referred to in other standards, codes of practice, and such, but there was no official guidance to indicate what level of performance they should achieve.

The first version addressed this need but was far too complicated with up to 5 grades in each category, whereas all that specifiers wanted it seems, were simple pass/fail criteria. This latest version does not have any grades, nor does it have requirements for suitability for use on fire/smoke doors, or corrosion resistance. As a result, it is easier to understand and the cost of testing is considerably reduced.

Door Viewers

For many years now, door viewers have been referred to in standards, codes of practice, etc but without any official guidance to indicate how well they should perform or how their performance should be measured. This Technical Specification was written to address those issues and provide manufacturers and specifiers with a means to distinguish “fit for purpose” products from cheap “look-alikes”.

TS 002 has been available on the dhf website since November 2005 and whilst there does not appear to be a strong enough case for a British standard, interested parties within the security industry continue to show support and it is in response to those interests that this revision has been prepared.

Enhanced Specification For Doorsets

Specification for enhanced lifetime & severe duty performance of hinged and pivoted doorsets.

This performance specification does not replace any existing performance specification. Approval against the requirements of this performance specification was possible from 2010.