The British Woodworking Federation (BFW) today (6th March) reports its members whose timber fire doors have undergone testing have stated ‘exceptional protection’.
The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government began investigating the fire door industry after it was found that a glazed, composite fire door from Grenfell Tower manufactured by Manse Masterdor failed a 30-minute fire resistance test after approximately 15 minutes.
Although investigations are ongoing, the Ministry have reported that timber fire doors ‘consistently’ deliver on their performance promises, with no failed tests since they expanded investigations into the broader market last October.
BFW further report many of their members who have had their fire door put through he government commissioned resistance tests have exceed the standards by a ‘significant’ margin.
Results reported to the BWF to date demonstrate many doors have resisted fire for as long as 54 minutes, surpassing 30-minute requirement time by 24 minutes.
In reports, BWF highlight their ‘collective mission’ to ensure that compliant, high quality products are placed on the market, whilst working to improve the quality, safety and traceability of fire doors.
The report further comments: “Fire safety is simply not a nice to have, it is an urgent priority to ensure that another atrocity like Grenfell never happens again.
“The government is rightly focused on providing communities with greater protection through implementation of its much needed ‘Building a Safer Future’ plan.
“The introduction of a more effective regulatory framework, greater accountability, supported by clearer standards and guidance will create a more responsible building industry.
“Product safety performance and traceability will be key, with testing and certification intrinsic to driving this forward.”