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Building Products January 2018

FIRE PROTECTION AND SECURITY | PRODUCT PROFILES Increasing fire safety with concealed door closers British designed and manufactured, Powermatic controlled, concealed door closers from Samuel Heath are said to tick all the right boxes when it comes to fire safety. Both standard and free swing versions of Powermatic carry the CE mark, confirming their suitability for fire door applications. They also meet the requirements for one-hour and half-hour fire doors under BS EN 1634-1 and boast Certifire accreditation. In addition, Powermatic closers are totally concealed when the door is closed, enhancing their suitability for fire doors by reducing the risk of vandalism, which could render the fire door useless. Powermatic door closers are said to deliver benefits in performance and application that make them ideal for a wide variety of fire door applications in social housing, apartment, hotel, health, care, education and commercial developments. www.concealeddoorclosers.com JANUARY 2018 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 57 Delivering a fire and acoustic solution for Cheshire renovation A multi-millionpound project to create an exclusive residential development in a Cheshire conservation area, which has given a new lease of life to an unused Victorian church, is said to demonstrate how the Promat fireresistant glass range ‘represents the assured choice for developers’. The Trinity development at Bowdon, near Altrincham, by Hale Estates has created nine luxury residences in a variety of configurations and sizes from one to three bedrooms. The 45mm glazing units, provided by Promat UK, were required to achieve strict acoustic and fire protection standards, in numerous shapes consistent with the Gothic style windows. The solution was a sealed unit specification incorporating EI60 fire rated insulated glass units. These are fitted into oak frames to deliver high quality windows which reflect the high-end specification of the development. This sealed unit specification ensures the windows provide assured passive fire protection to EI60 – 60 minutes minimum for the window’s integrity as well as insulation from the heat of any fire. The glass types used deliver windows with an acoustic sound reduction level of a minimum of 43db. www.promat-glass.co.uk Lasting 40% longer in testing situations FD30 fire doors from bespoke timber manufacturer, West Port, are reportedly proven to withstand fires for 40% longer than the legal requirement. Subjected to rigorous testing by both Cambridge Fire Research and BRE, West Port’s door managed to withstand temperatures in excess of 800ºC for 42 minutes 7 seconds, or 40% longer. Ken Mercer, commercial sales director at West Port, commented: “It’s frighteningly common for manufacturers to test their fire door components separately, rather than testing the completely assembled door set. That can lead to products with FD30 components that only last a fraction of the time they’re supposed to. We’ve come across FD30 fire doors that fail in under 15 minutes before, which is simply unacceptable. “At West Port, we treat fire safety with the utmost seriousness – and our fire-rated products are among the most robust and reliable in the industry. We treat 30 minutes as a bare minimum, not a target – and because of that, we’re delighted, but not surprised, to see our product perform so well in testing.” www.west-port.co.uk UK PVC-U and aluminium window, door and conservatory manufacturer and installer, Astraseal, says it is the first fabricator to manufacture a 60- minute rated, fixed fire window. Instead of traditional hardwood or steel, Astraseal’s fire window system is based on the FireFrame from Winkhaus, combining composite and PVC-U materials for advanced fire resistance. The new fire window system is available in a range of sizes in both single and double fixed pane configurations. Designed for use in any residential or commercial application, the window is said to offer slim, internal sightlines along with dependable durability and strength thanks to its frame. Zac Nedimovic, sales and marketing manager at Astraseal said: “It’s great to see our fire-rated product range is proving popular across the UK, providing a firstclass solution whether it’s social housing, commercial developments or new build residential projects. “Through upgrading our FD60 fire door solution, we saw the incredible potential FireFrame could offer as a fixed fire window system.” www.astraseal.co.uk Raising the bar


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