ASSA ABLOY Project Specification Group provides guidance on the standard for door closer compliance

Public Sector Thu, Feb 13, 2020 10:56 AM

ASSA ABLOY Project Specification Group addresses the issues around door closers, ensuring durability and compliancy are not compromised in the specification process.

Specification of the correct door and hardware combination is essential to ensure that the right architectural appeal, functionality and longevity is achieved, but most importantly that safety regulations are not compromised.

Since fire doors are critical life-saving elements in many buildings, it is essential that they operate effectively – and the role of door closers is one not to be taken lightly. Designed to restrict the spread and initial development of a fire, as well as protect escape routes, doorsets should provide lasting protection before and even after a fire evacuation, but this can only occur when the door closer is installed and working correctly – in other words, ensuring fire doorsets are properly closed.

Where the specification of a door closer is mandatory, the product must conform to the requirements of European Standard EN 1154 and be CE marked accordingly. But with an increasing concern around fire door safety in commercial and residential buildings, it is apparent that more needs to be done.

It is critical for the performance of the fire doorset, that the appropriate closer has been selected with all the factors associated with the application considered. This includes height, width, weight, differentiating air pressure, dynamic loads, anticipated volume of traffic, classification and of course, the door type.

In response to the ongoing challenges and needs within the industry, ASSA ABLOY has continued with substantial testing and standardising of its door closers.

As a result, ASSA ABLOY is one of the few organisations to offer door closers demonstrating full compliancy to EN 1634, providing fire performance suitable for every type of fire door, when fitted to either the fire risk or non-fire risk side of the door. This includes use on timber doors, uninsulated and insulated steel doors.

To ensure compliancy is achieved and therefore risk is reduced, ASSA ABLOY’s Project Specification team can assist with the specification process by helping to select the right door closer for the application.

ASSA ABLOY’s Openings Studio software also offers a collaborative BIM tool for all project stakeholders, giving users access to the widest range of door opening solutions. Doors, hardware, ironmongery and access control solutions can be easily developed and integrated into a building at the touch of a button, for complete peace of mind.

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