Smoke control test for doorsets

Winkhaus has expanded its testing services to include the latest BS EN 1634-Part 3 smoke control test for door and shutter assemblies.

This new service is available at Winkhaus Laboratories, within the company’s Kettering site, which offers independent and confidential Ukas-accredited assessments for doors and windows.

Ambient air temperatures are tested to determine the leakage of smoke from one side of a door assembly to the other under strict specified test conditions. This is a requirement for door assemblies that would control the passage of smoke in case of fire.

The test service can be offered individually within a PAS24: 2016 enhanced security performance full product assessment, saving fabricators time and money on ensuring regulation compliance, the company said.

Government guidance highlights the importance of third-party certification by a Ukas-accredited body for suppliers of FD30 and FD60 fire and security composite doorsets. Suppliers must comply with the latest June 2019 MHCLG Dual Certification: Q Mark Fire and Smoke BS EN 1634 and Q Mark Security PAS24. All external fire door sets must be fire and smoke-tested to ensure they are compliant.

Winkhaus has invested in fire and security test evidence to achieve both ‘Q Mark Fire’ and ‘Q Mark Security’ for third-party dual certification scheme compliance on the same door.

The company said its “competitively-priced” testing service offers shorter waiting times for customers who can save money and time by achieving compliance with the latest security and smoke regulations in the same test house.

Mike Rushen, Winkhaus UK sales director, said: “Fabricators can also expand their market offering by demonstrating full compliance with up-to-date and critical safety regulations. Not only does our additional test service save them time and money, they can be confident that the doorsets they supply provide full compliance with all MHCLG guidelines.”