ASSA ABLOY UK has issued its whitepaper in response to Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.
The global leader in door opening solutions has produced the whitepaper following the review, which came in light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy of last year.
The whitepaper draws up practical recommendations derived from the key points made within the Independent Review, as well as suggesting ways the industry can work together towards best practice.
Compartmentation has been highlighted as a key reason for the failures at Grenfell. Fire doors that were intended to stop and slow down the spread of fire were not performing as designed, because of failures in hardware specification and lack of fire door inspections.
The paper also focuses on the importance of not only ensuring third-party certification for fire door products is in place and specifications are fit for purpose, but that they are installed correctly and maintained.
Tina Hughan, Marketing Director for ASSA ABLOY UK, commented: “Our latest whitepaper has been issued to reflect on the findings of the Hackitt Review and make recommendations based on ASSA ABLOY’s many years’ of experience within the fire door industry.
“We believe we need to work collectively to create a cohesive industry that puts fire safety at the forefront of building design, construction and maintenance, and this paper suggests ways in which manufacturers, architects, specifiers, contractors, facility managers and end users can come together to ensure that thorough due diligence is carried out at each and every stage of a project where fire doors are involved.”
As well as the whitepaper, ASSA ABLOY UK will host its annual fire door safety event in partnership with West Midlands Fire Service on Thursday 27 September, to support Fire Door Safety Week 2018 in raising the bar of fire door standards.
To download the whitepaper and for more info on the ‘Fire Door Safety: Raise the Bar’ event, visit www.assaabloy.co.uk/FDSW2018
Tel: +44 (0)845 071 0882
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