Fire doors. A consideration based as much on design as building regulations that will be used daily during the life of a building. They are not always a hot topic of conversation, but I would really like to get your thoughts on them.

While design or costs may be foremost in your mind and a fire door spends most of its life as just a door, we need to remember it is also a crucial safety device. There is often a lack of understanding of fire doors and how they work, even amongst those responsible for specifying, buying or installing them. You have the power to prevent decisions that might not be based on safety being taken further down the line.

It would be great to hear your perspective on fire doors. How much consideration do you give them? What are your thoughts on fire door safety? How do fire regulations affect your design decisions? Do you have any particular fire door experiences, or do you personally not give them much thought at all?

I work with BWF-CERTIFIRE, a scheme whose aim is to increase the standards of all fire doors in the UK. Your opinion and thoughts really would be invaluable, and if you want to hear any more about the scheme, please do of course let me know.

Thanks for your time,


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Hi Stefen,

I work for Winkhaus UK, a manufacturer of door locks for the Social Housing Sector.

We have done a considerable amount of work with our Composite and Flush Fit Door customers over recent months to produce door-sets to the latest Secured By Design standards as well as meeting BS476 Part 2.

My role is to promote this work out to Social Housing Landlords, many of which are happy just to refurbish existing doors with locks and intrumesents without worrying about the complete standard of the doorset.

I would be interested in discussing what you and the BWF Certifire scheme have been doing in the field.


Claire Rumbelow
Specification Manager

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