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Glazed doors, the clear choice

Summer is upon us, bringing with it increased light levels to building interiors.  This natural borrowed light is invaluable, illuminating dark spaces and reducing the need for artificial light.  With this in mind its worth giving closer consideration to the use of glazed interior doors that can transform both living and communal space. 

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Vicaima doors are of course renown for innovative designs in an extensive range of finishes and performance characteristics to suit a multitude of applications. It’s little wonder then that this range is complimented by a comprehensive array of glazed options to match the needs of today’s social housing market. 

Of course light is just one of the many factors to consider when selecting glazed interior doors for social housing. Safety must of course be of paramount concern, whether directly from the use of safety glass or less apparent but no less important where fire doors are concerned. 

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Vicaima is a leader in fire door technology with one of the widest ranges of FD30 and FD60 doors and doorsets (i.e. designed to resist a fire for 30 and 60 minutes respectively) in the UK. The company’s particular appeal is that it makes fire doors which are also beautifully designed. At Vicaima all fire doors are supplied factory glazed to ensure risks are removed.

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Glazing is a particular concern for fire doors as, unless correctly installed, it can create a weak area in the door. Historically, 6mm thick wired glass was the only option, however modern glass technology has led to the development of much more aesthetically pleasing glazed fire doors.

Another important consideration in the selection of glazed doors is of course the requirements for clear visibility as stipulated under Part M of the Building regulations. Again here many Vicaima glazed door designs address this issue, providing complete mobility solutions.

Selecting the right glazed door is a simple process with help and assistance from the Vicaima Interior Door selector.  This handy guide, available both in print and digital format via the Vicaima website, enables quick and easy choice of door design. 

A wide variety of glazing models can be offered, so it’s just a matter of deciding which finish is required and then paring it with the chosen aperture pattern.  Of course non-standard or bespoke designs can also be provided in many instances, so that specific design requirements can be accommodated.

And in addition to flush doors and door sets, Vicaima have recently introduced a new Classic K range.  This modern twist on the conventional panelled design also includes glazed options, making it ideal where traditional and contemporary styling needs to meld.

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For more information on the complete Vicaima collections visit www.vicaima.com

Notifier introduces new BS 7273-4 CPD course on release mechanisms for fire doors

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Notifier by Honeywell announced today the launch of a new continuing professional development (CPD) course 2016/2017.  ‘Getting To Know BS 7273-4’
provides installers, integrators, contractors, consultants and end users with all the information on this important standard and how it relates to the way that doors are opened, closed and controlled by fire detection systems.

Although it was first introduced in 2007, the 2015 revision of BS 7273-4 has brought the subject of release mechanisms for fire doors into sharp focus. The prompt evacuation of a burning building requires as few obstacles and obstructions as possible and, similarly, restricting the spread of fire and heat in such a situation relies upon the use of well-engineered fire doors that can be reliably closed in the event of a fire.

Adhering to BS 7273-4 is increasingly important, as the guidance in Annex A of the Code of Practice is now normative, which means that if control of doors is performed by a fire detection system the requirements of the category must be met. If the guidelines are not followed it is likely that the fire door provision fails to satisfy a fire risk assessment.

Notifier’s new BS 7273-4 CPD has been written by experts within the company, it enables delegates to gain a better understanding of how modern life safety technology can be used to increase a building’s safety by interfacing it with fire doors and secured fire exits. By providing an overview of the various scenarios when doors should be released, it looks at control arrangements for actuation of mechanisms that unlock, release or open doors in the event of fire, before covering recommendations for the interface between fire detection and alarm systems, as well as equipment not covered in any other standards.

Those attending will also gain an valuable understanding of the three categories of actuation – A (critical), B (standard) and C (indirect) – and the circumstances under which the control mechanisms should revert to their fail safe position to protect escape routes and prevent the spread of smoke in the event of a fire.

‘It is fair to say that since its original introduction eight years ago BS 7273-4 has been largely ignored, apart for a few isolated cases of best practice,’ commented Gregg Bushell, Senior Marketing Communications Honeywell Security and Fire. ‘I’m pleased to say that the situation is beginning to change and this CPD is a key part of our strategy to enhance knowledge about this important standard and how its implementation could save lives. There can be no one size fits all approach to configuring a BS 7273-4 compliant system and fire doors and exits should be considered individually so that people, property and assets are protected as well as they possibly can be in the event of a fire.’

For further information and to book a place please email Gregg.Bushell@honeywell.com

http://www.notifierfiresystems.co.uk

Ahmarra Doors make their debut at the O2!

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Specialist fire door manufacturer, Ahmarra, supplies and installs doorsets for the new InterContinental London – The O2

Ahmarra supplied and fitted over 300 severe duty timber fire doors in an FSC cherry veneer for the new 5-star hotel situated on Greenwich Peninsula. 

Ahmarra’s contract consisted of manufacturing and installing fire rated doorsets for the public areas including reception, restaurants, meeting rooms, ballroom, toilets and spa areas. 

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“Our experience of manufacturing doors for luxury hotels has enabled us to offer a premium product, which not only looked great, but was priced to fit the strict budget controls” said Sam Doran, Ahmarra’s Sales Director. 

The InterContinental London – The O2 is adjacent to the world-renowned arena, The O2, and close to Greenwich’s famous attractions. The stunning 453-room hotel brings a new level of luxury accommodation to the area. Alongside its five destination-inspired restaurants and bars, including The Peninsula Restaurant and rooftop sky bar, Eighteen, the hotel boasts a world-class health spa and sumptuous accommodation – including 59 suites – and the most breath-taking, far-reaching views of London.

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The hotel’s dedicated conference centre boasts a 3,100sqm pillar-free ballroom – one of the largest in Europe – with an additional 19 meeting rooms and an impressive 1,600sqm pre-function space exposing dramatic views of Canary Wharf.

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Hasham Soliman, General Manager of the hotel, said: “We are thrilled to have opened the doors to our eagerly awaited luxury hotel in one of the capital’s most vibrant new entertainment and events districts. At InterContinental London – The O2, we have truly exceptional facilities for business and leisure travellers visiting the city and an incredible team ready to put this hotel firmly on London’s centre stage.”

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Ahmarra’ s reputation for excellence has led to it supplying timber doors for some of the UK’s finest interiors, from private homes to luxury hotels and commercial buildings. Current 5-star London hotel projects include The Mondrian at Sea Containers House, The Metropolitan by Como and The Mandarin Oriental, which are both on Park Lane.

For more information, call Ahmarra Door Solutions on 02392 389 076 or visit www.ahmarra.co.uk

Vicaima staining makes its mark at Fulham Riverside

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A major development for Barratt London alongside the River Thames in South West London has been fitted with doors, panelling and skirting from the Vicaima range of stained Oak veneers.

The ambitious and visionary development at Fulham Wharf covers some 3.2 hectares and includes the transformation of an existing Sainsbury store and derelict warehouses into a modern retail and residential hub with riverside luxury living and cultivated green space.  The development also benefits from cafes, restaurants and river front access to create a harmonious environment.

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The Barratt London development comprises one, two, three, four, five and six- bedroom luxury apartments, penthouses and townhouses.  Specialist Joinery fit-out Contractors Atlantic Contracts, worked with the Vicaima Special Projects team from conception through to installation, thus ensuring the exacting needs of the project were fulfilled in every way.

For the private apartments, the fit out called for fire and security entrance doors with a complex matching wall panel. This was also carried through to the communal lobby areas and lift surrounds.  The finish chosen was a Vicaima white washed Oak stain, which was supplied as part of the Portaro SBD door assembly, together with matching panels and skirting.  The social housing was no less luxurious and saw the fitting of a Vicaima Walnut veneered entrance door as part of the every popular

Vicaima Secure by Design Easi-Fit primed frame kit.  All apartment interiors benefited from the clean lines of Vicaima white lacquered door, for a smooth fully finished final touch.

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Fulham Riverside was a classic example of how Vicaima special projects offer developers and contractors with tangible benefits and real on site solutions to their door and associated joinery requirements.  As Danny Miller, Site Manager of Atlantic Contracts put it, ‘we found working with Vicaima made all the difference.  They have the experience to understand our goals and worked with us every step of the way to ensure even the smallest issues were dealt with promptly, giving us the peace of mind to know we could rely on their help for a successful project conclusion’.

Vicaima offer an extensive range of design options, with fire, acoustic and security performance for luxury housing and modern apartment living space.

For further details about these and other products from their many Vicaima collections, visit the Vicaima website www.vicaima.com   alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information.

BM TRADA opens booking for sell-out seminars

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With the first of its 2015 events already sold out, BM TRADA is recommending early booking to assure a place on one of its highly popular Fire Doors Explained CPD seminars.

Delivered by experts, the highly interactive events use live fire demonstrations and pre-recorded film footage, as well as traditional seminar sessions, to provide an excellent overview of fire door design, manufacture, testing, installation and certification.

Aimed at anyone with a responsibility for the manufacture, installation, maintenance or inspection of fire doors, the seminars provide all those attending with an in-depth understanding of the structure and each of the components that make up a fire-resisting doorset, fire test requirements and the role of third party certification. They will also learn how to install a fire door correctly and to identify issues which will determine whether or not a doorset will achieve the required performance.

An integral part of each seminar is a live fire door test, which offers delegates an opportunity to see first hand the crucial role played by fire doors in saving lives and property. The hour-long fire resistance test features two identical doors subjected to a prolonged period of fire. One of the doors will have been correctly specified and fitted, while the other will demonstrate many of the common mistakes made.

The test will clearly expose the significant difference in fire resistance between the two doors, highlighting the importance of appropriate specification and installation and clearly demonstrating why a door must be adequately maintained throughout its life.

With all of the places at the first event in February fully booked well in advance, delegates are advised to book now to avoid disappointment.

The remaining 2015 seminars, priced at just £349 + VAT (£299 + VAT for TRADA members), are scheduled to take place at the company’s world class testing laboratories in High Wycombe on: 28 April; 30 June; 15 September and 24 November.

For further information or to book, visit the BM TRADA website:  http://www.bmtrada.com/en-gb/training/passive-fire-protection-training/fire-doors-explained;  email:  firetraining@bmtrada.com; or tel: +44 (0) 1494 569744

BRE approval for new fire-door from Schueco Jansen

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The Janisol 2 EI30 Fire-Resistant Sliding Door from steel specialist Schueco Jansen has been officially approved for use in the UK by BRE. This means that architects needing to include effective passive fire-protection systems in their buildings can now specify this advanced steel door in the certainty that it meets all the statutory regulations.

Introduced into the UK in January this year, the Janisol 2 EI30 sliding fire door combines an elegant appearance – thanks to its extremely slender frame profiles – with a very high level of protection against both flame and heat, even under extreme loads.

While the system is extremely versatile in use – design options include a wide choice of drive-motors and glass types – the door is mainly specified for barrier-free buildings which require higher security requirements and easy access, such as shopping centres, stadia, administration buildings and offices.

Constructed from tried-and-tested Janisol profiles and engineered to allow an inward (break-in) or outward (break-out) direction of escape depending upon location, the Janisol 2 EI30 door is available in either a single-leaf or a double-leaf configuration.

The door can be supplied with or without side and top lights and with or without an emergency exit function. If the latter is specified, the door can be fitted with emergency exit hardware conforming to EN 1125 or EN 179, while the complete door system has been fully tested in accordance with EN 1634-1, achieving an EI30 rating.

If configured as a single leaf construction, the Janisol 2 door offers a clear opening 1400mm wide and 2500mm high, whereas with double leaves, the clear opening is 2800mm and 2500mm high. Whether constructed with single or double leaves, there is no necessity for a floor guide in the opening area.

There is a wide selection of glazing approved for use with the Janisol 2 Fire-Resistant Sliding Door and leading companies such as Dorma, Golgen, Tormax and Record can supply and commission approved actuator systems.

A comprehensive technical manual with guidance on risk assessment is now available to view as a pdf via L8est http://www.l8est.com/page/schueco.html

For further information on all the steel systems in the Schueco Jansen range, please go to mkinfobox@schueco.com

Schüco System solutions for windows, doors, façades and solar products.

Together with its worldwide network of partners, architects, specifiers and investors, Schüco creates sustainable building envelopes which focus on people and their needs in harmony with nature and technology. The highest demands for design, comfort and security can be met, whilst simultaneously reducing CO2 emissions through energy efficiency, thereby conserving natural resources. The company and its Metal and PVC-U divisions deliver tailored products for newbuilds and renovations, designed to meet individual user needs in all climate zones. With 4800 employees and 12,000 partner companies, Schüco is active in 78 countries and achieved a turnover of 1.5 billion euros in 2013.

For more information, visit www.schueco.co.uk

Feel the difference with New Dekordor Oak 3D

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Introduced barely 12 months ago, Vicaima’s highly tactile Dekordor 3D range of embossed face finished doors has really made a big impression with specifiers. Now the existing range of 4 colours has been extended to include a popular Oak 3D design, providing even more choice for interiors.

Dekordor 3D quite literally stands out as something different in the world of interior door finishes. Its innovative and striking horizontal embossed and eco-friendly surface begs to be touched yet provides excellent abrasion and moisture resistance and is easy to clean.  Used widely in apartments, hotels and commercial applications, Dekordor 3D presents a durable yet highly attractive design with real uniformity of colour and texture.

The 3D range can be supplied edge banded with the same embossed finish, making it a focal element when supplied within a matching 3D Portaro door and frame system.  Alternatively doors can be supplied lipped for on site adjustment or as part of the Vicaima Easi-Fit door kit.  As you would expect, performance meets the highest of requirements with FD30 and FD60 fire doors, security and acoustic options.

In addition to the new Dekordor 3D Oak, the range includes white, black, grey and camel colours, providing plenty of scope for contemporary design. And for even greater design flexibility doors can be enhanced with geometric groove patterns, contrasting satin inlay and glazing to make optimum use of borrowed light.

The Dekordor 3D range is just one of the many door solutions presented by interior door specialists Vicaima, whose products are the first choice for luxury housing, apartments, commercial premises, education, medical applications, hotels and leisure projects.

For further details on this or other products from the Vicaima interior door collections, visit the Vicaima website www.vicaima.com   Alternatively, call 01793 532333 for additional information.

Schueco fire-protection systems benefit from industry upturn

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According to leading aluminium systems supplier Schueco UK Ltd, the continuing upturn in activity in the UK building industry – particularly in respect of commercial properties – has led to an increasing demand for all types of their fire-protection products

One of the few companies in the UK with a truly comprehensive range of fire-protection systems for façades, doors and windows, Schueco is constantly refining its offering to ensure that, whatever the application, it can offer a complete solution at a competitive price.

All but indistinguishable in appearance from standard products, Schueco fire-protection systems have been independently tested to EN 1364/1634, meeting all the necessary criteria for Integrity (E) – the prevention of the spread of flame – and Integrity/Insulation (EI) – the prevention of the spread of flame and the provision of a barrier to heat.

 The Schueco fire protection range includes single and double Schueco ADS 80 FR doors which can be specified with either a 30-minute integrity or 30/60 minute integrity/insulation rating and, like every system in the range, they meet the performance classification of EN 13501. To upgrade from a 30-minute to a 60-minute specification, special heat insulation material is introduced into the aluminium profiles and the glazing is uprated accordingly. Doors and screens that meet an EI90 rating (90-minute) are also available.

The doors are offered with a variety of tested side and top lights including radiused and angled shapes, allowing a wide range of approved design options. While more commonly employed internally, Schueco fire doors can be supplied for external applications as well. All types of doors can be specified with either face-fitting or barrel hinges and standard or EN 1627 burglar-resistant locking options.

In addition to fire doors, Schueco UK also offers aluminium fire protection façade systems (designated FW 50+ BF and FW 60+ BF) and skylight systems with 30- and 60-minute protection, all tested to EN 1364. Also available is a Schueco AWS fire window offering up to 30-minute integrity/insulation (EI).

To complement its fire products offering, Schueco UK runs specialist training courses at its Milton Keynes HQ. On completing the SAFE course, a successful trainee gains official certification as a Schueco-Approved Fire Expert.

For further information about any aspect of Schueco’s comprehensive range of fire-protection systems, please email mkinfobox@schueco.com

Schüco System solutions for windows, doors, façades and solar products.

Together with its worldwide network of partners, architects, specifiers and investors, Schüco creates sustainable building envelopes which focus on people and their needs in harmony with nature and technology. The highest demands for design, comfort and security can be met, whilst simultaneously reducing CO2 emissions through energy efficiency, thereby conserving natural resources. The company and its Metal and PVC-U divisions deliver tailored products for newbuilds and renovations, designed to meet individual user needs in all climate zones. With 4800 employees and 12,000 partner companies, Schüco is active in 78 countries and achieved a turnover of 1.5 billion euros in 2013. For more information, visit www.schueco.co.uk

BM TRADA to stream live fire door test

BM TRADA will be streaming a live fire door test on-line on 15 September, offering viewers an opportunity to see for themselves the crucial role played by fire doors in saving lives and property.

The 30-min fire resistance test will be streamed live from BM TRADA’s testing laboratories in High Wycombe in support of Fire Door Safety Week. It will show two identical doors subjected to a prolonged period of fire. One of the doors will have been correctly specified and fitted, while the other will demonstrate many of the common mistakes made.

The test, which will start at 11am, will show the significant difference in fire resistance between the two doors, highlighting the importance of appropriate specification and installation and clearly demonstrating why a door must be adequately maintained throughout its life.

Access to the live stream will be via a password protected link. For details of how to register and receive login details, email sdell@bmtrada.com.

Graham Edwards, Group Marketing Manager at BM TRADA, said: “This is an excellent way to show just how important it is to correctly specify and fit fire doors. Anyone viewing the test will see the failure points very quickly.”

Fire Door Safety Week, organised by the British Woodworking Federation and supported by BM TRADA, takes place between 15-21 September. It aims to draw attention to the critical role played by fire doors and to point out common faults and their impact on performance.

The week will be marked by a series of events and promotions supported by trade associations and their members as well as local Fire and Rescue Services, local authorities, landlords and other sleeping accommodation providers.

The live fire door test is an integral part of BM TRADA’s popular Fire Doors Explained CPD seminar, which offers an introduction to fire door regulations, construction, testing, installation and maintenance. For further information on this and other BM TRADA fire safety training days, visit www.bmtrada.com/testing.

Sam Dell

01494 569815

 

Stay safe and secure with BM TRADA at Timber Expo

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Fire safety and security will form part of an extensive demonstration programme by BM TRADA at Timber Expo in the NEC, Birmingham, 7- 8 October., In addition to showcasing their timber expertise, they will be providing expert guidance on timber fire door testing and timber window security and burglary resistance testing.

BM TRADA’s 90m2 stand (F30), will include a range of topical seminars, displays and demonstrations from all sectors of its business, highlighting the broad range of expertise and services on offer. BM TRADA technical experts will be on hand to offer advice on subjects from the testing of timber and fire-rated products to certification schemes for doors, windows and timber products.

The highlight will be a live demonstration at 10.30am each morning of a security test on a high performance timber window. The demonstration, conducted using a specially-made rig and using windows supplied by Bereco and Russell Timber Technology, will illustrate the typical tests required for Secured by Design (SBD) windows. These must be certified by an independent UKAS-accredited certification body, such as BM TRADA and tested against PAS 24 and the relevant material specific standard for general performance (which will reference BS 6375 Parts 1, 2 and 3).

Three tests will be conducted during the live demonstration, each simulating a typical form of burglar attack. The manual check test involves subjecting the window to a 15 minute attack using a range of tools including either two nail bars; two flat bladed screwdrivers; or one nailbar and one screwdriver. The manual glazing/infill test is a 3 minute attack on the glazing or infill system, the objective of which is to try and remove the infill without breaking the glass.

Finally, the manipulation test aims to try and gain access to screw heads in the hardware. The test normally involves a 3 minute attack on a hinge or hinge protector and 3 minute attack on a lock point, using paint scrapers, craft knives or small flat-bladed screwdrivers. A craft knife is usually used to cut at a hardware point and, if a screw is exposed, a screwdriver will be used to try to unscrew it.

Meanwhile, the effectiveness of correctly specified and installed fire doors will be displayed in dramatic fashion by a charred fire door sample encased in Perspex. One side of the door is burnt, while the other side is virtually unaffected by the fire. In addition to this striking display, BM TRADA Product Assessor Simon Bailey will be discussing fire safety challenges and solutions for historic buildings at 1.30pm on Tuesday 7 October.

A full programme of demonstrations and seminars will take place on the BM TRADA stand (F30) throughout the show. With no need to book, visitors need only register for the show at www.timber-expo.co.uk.

For further information on BM TRADA services please visit www.bmtradagroup.com , email testing@bmtrada.com or call 01494 569800.