02 September 2021
Profab Access, a leading UK manufacturer of riser doors and access panel solutions for ceilings, walls and partitions, is highlighting the importance of independent fire testing and certification, as part of Fire Door Safety Week 2021.
For this year’s campaign, which is being hosted from 20th to 26th September, Profab Access is raising awareness of the adequate testing requirements of fire integrity products, including riser doors, to achieve the highest standards of compliance.
The recent introduction of the Building Safety Bill, in addition to the formation of the National Construction Products Regulator and the findings of the Grenfell Inquiry, is continuing to highlight the consequences of insufficient testing of fire doors.
With regard to fire rated riser doors, there are current disparities between the guidelines outlined in BS EN 1634 Standard and Annex B of Approved Document B2.
As a result, some manufacturers may only conduct product assessments by a third party, which may be renewed for up to five years, whilst others may continuously undertake rigorous product testing by a third party to gain independent certifications.
This is a prime example of the substantial dissimilarities and associated misperceptions that the industry currently faces.
To support architects, specifiers and contractors in overcoming this and achieving a new standard of compliance throughout each stage of the design, construction and maintenance processes, Profab Access’ fire rated riser doors are rigorously fire tested by an accredited third party and are supplied with comprehensive certification.
This provides continued assurance with regard to the products it manufactures and supplies, whereas product assessments alone do not provide continuous surveillance and assurance of consistency and quality.
As a result, Profab Access leads the field in accreditation as the first manufacturer in the UK to supply riser doors and access solutions that have been independently bi-directionally fire tested.
Marcus Parnham, Commercial Director at Profab Access, said: “As a manufacturer who is committed to ensuring the highest standards of performance and compliance, Fire Door Safety Week provides us with the ideal opportunity to highlight the importance of in-depth testing and certification.
“We understand the responsibility we have to assist architects, specifiers and contractors in ensuring the building products they install throughout new build and retrofit projects are not only fit for purpose, but fit for the future, by undertaking a proactive approach to certification and compliance that supersedes current regulations, achieving best practice.”
Profab Access’ INTEGRA 4000 Series Riser Doors, are supplied with a two hour CERTIFIRE independent third party certification to provide ultimate levels of fire safety. This successfully future proofs every project to ensure the materials meet the legislative requirements of tomorrow.