BSEN16034 – NEW FIRE SHUTTER REGULATIONS & TESTING

SSS Industrial Doors Ltd were one of the first UK manufacturers to be tested to BS EN 16034. The project initially started in 2017 when WarringtonFire conducted an audit on the company to ensure the correct documentation was present within the Factory Production Control (FPC) file. Once the audit was completed, WarringtonFire returned and inspected the factory to witness the manufacturing of a Flame Armour fire shutter, this original specimen was then signed and approved for testing. On 8th February 2019, this fire shutter was furnace tested to BS EN 1634-1 and surpassed the 240 minutes integrity fire rating.

 

As of 1st November 2019, the transition period for the previous fire shutter standard BS 476 part 22 (1987) expired and it became a non-compliant standard. Therefore fire shutters cannot be CE marked if they are manufactured to BS 476 part 22. 

 

As a mandatory implementation for CE marking, all fire shutters sold within the European Market place must be compliant to the harmonised standard BS EN 16034. The new standard replaces the previous standard BS 476 part 22 (1987) and any fire shutters manufactured and installed to the previous standard, after 1st November 2019 are not legitimately CE marked. If a fire shutter is not accompanied with the correct documentation and certification and cannot be CE marked, this is a non-compliant product and manufacturers and installers are therefore liable and subject to prosecution.

Any company which is found to have sold or installed a non-compliant fire shutter within the European Marketplace, are liable for damages and are subject to prosecution.

As an active member of The Door and Hardware Federation, commonly referred to as the ‘dhf’. We sought clarification and advice on legislation and the regulations changes. Therefore, we proactively contacted the ‘dhf’ and requested that they review our handover documentation, which is supplied to every customer once their fire shutter order has been dispatched from our factory. Our fire shutter documentation has also been inspected and reviewed by WarringtonFire prior to gaining certification.

“As a company, we welcomed the new regulations and the challenges which that brought regarding the manufacturing of fully compliant CE marked fire shutters. These regulations were introduced to save lives and protect property. Fundamentally, these changes will revolutionise how fire shutters are manufactured.” Mr Andrew Holker (Managing Director of SSS Industrial Doors Ltd)

 

For more information regarding fire shutter regulations and the new standard BSEN16034:2014 please contact our offices or visit our website on www.sssIndustrialdoors.co.uk

Fire shutters BSEN16034 – Timber Structure

FLAME ARMOUR FIRE SHUTTERS CE MARKED BSEN16034 – FLEXIBLE AND RIGID STRUCTURE

The Structure supporting the Flame Armour fire shutter must be a fire-resistant separating element, built in accordance with the appropriate building regulations. The structure must have a fire resistance greater or equivalent to the fire rating of the Flame Armour fire shutter. This supporting structure must be capable of supporting the fire shutter for the required fire resistance period and neither compromise nor be detrimental to the performance of the fire roller shutter.

In conjunction to this, considerations must be contemplated to ensure that the load imposed by the various Flame Armour fire shutters components, such as the angles, guides and canopy does not compromise the structural support. It is recommended, that a critical temperature of 400 0C and steel sections with an Hp/A values below 230m-1 are used for design fire resistant steel support sections.

If the Flame Armour fire shutter is fixed to a masonry supporting elements, the masonry elements must comply and be capable of providing fire resistance in terms of insulation, integrity and load bearing capacity greater or equivalent to the fire resistance, to the tested opening sizes of 2400mm width by 2400mm height. Please contact our sales team to calculate the gross shutter weight.

THE FLAME ARMOUR FIRE SHUTTER HAS BEEN TESTED TO BOTH  ‘RIGID’ AND ‘FLEXIBLE’ STRUCTURAL TYPES.

The Flame Armour fire shutter was further tested on the 7th July 2020 to a ‘Flexible’ structural type. Under the current regulations BS EN 16034-1, if the original test specimen is tested to a rigid structure, such as steel or masonry, then an additional test is required for other fixing types. This also applies for fire shutters tested to ‘Flexible’ structural types, these would also require additional testing to manufacture fire shutters to ‘rigid’ structures.

As stated in the Extended Application Report (BS EN 15269-10) on page 34, section J.1.2 the regulation clearly states that rigid to standard flexible structures is “NOT POSSIBLE WITHOUT ADDITIONAL TEST”. Therefore, a result of this additional testing is required by all fire shutter manufacturers, SSS Industrial Doors Ltd have therefore further tested the Flame Armour fire shutter so that it can be installed on both flexible and rigid structural types. As it currently stands, there are only two companies within the United Kingdom that have tested and passed to both flexible and rigid structures, one of those companies is SSS Industrial Doors Ltd.

MANUFACTURES MUST HAVE ADDITIONAL TEST DATA AND CERTIFICATION TO LEGALLY MANUFACTURE AND SUPPLY FIRE SHUTTERS FOR FLEXIBLE STRUCTURE.

SSS INDUSTRIAL DOORS LTD ARE FULLY COMPLIANT AND CAN MANUFACTURE AND CE MARK BOTH FLEXIBLE AND RIGID STRUCTURE FIRE SHUTTERS