Distinction Doors is pleased to announce that its fds GRP composite FD30 fire doorset is now UKCA marked and as such, fully complies with the legal requirements for external use.

Typical applications include an external access walkway when used as an escape route for flats, or when an external entrance door is positioned close to another building or entrance.

To legally supply fire doorsets for external use the doors must be UKCA marked with a Declaration of Performance (DoP) that references both BS EN 14351-1, the external pedestrian doorset standard and BS EN 16034, the standard for fire resisting and/or smoke control pedestrian doorsets.

For optimum suitability, the fds system is designed with optional drainage caps, also known as weep hole covers. These are used to cover the slot at the bottom of the door made for face drainage. They ensure that the weather performance of the door is not compromised when used externally.

The drainage cap solution has been tested against three British and European standards. It meets the requirements of BS EN 6375 for weather tightness. It is tested against EN 1634-1 to ensure that the system’s fire resistance is not compromised, and EN 1634-3 to ensure the drainage system is not a weak point for smoke control.

The UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark is the new product marking scheme which is required for certain products being sold in Great Britain and covers most products that previously required the CE mark. It will be mandatory from 1st January 2025.

Currently, internal fire doorsets are exempt from UKCA marking but this may change following the publication of the Independent Review of the Construction Product Testing Regime.

In the meantime, Distinction Doors is soon to announce that it is the first fire door supplier in the UK to produce a UKCA marked composite fire doorset with coupled and integral side and fan light options. The doorsets have passed independent testing and are ready for formal classification.

The fds range offers 10 door styles including solid or glazed options. They are available in five colours as standard, with any RAL option.

The system is triple Q-marked for fire resistance, smoke control, and enhanced security. It achieves an average of 45 minutes integrity when subject to fire testing.

The fire doors are available in the UK and Ireland through a network of official fds doorset manufacturing partners. Each fabricator meets the non-mandatory requirements of Q-Mark STD 170.

To find out more about the fds composite fire door system and approved partner network, click here.


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