EBD Steel Doors’ commitment to ensuring the highest standards of safety and performance is what drives their relentless pursuit of innovation. We’re excited to share their recent milestone that pushes the boundaries of fire resistance testing within construction practices.

Testing beyond limits

With a significant investment in fire resistance testing to EN 1634-1:2014+A1:2018, they ensure that products meet and exceed stringent industry benchmarks. Recently, their testing scope was extended to include an external single door within a 200mm thick, horizontally installed sandwich panel system, complete with supporting steelwork on the internal face.

The objective? Simulating the behaviour of this construction as part of a building’s external envelope. The outcome? A test that not only achieved fire resistance in excess of 60 minutes but also surpassed the Category B overrun requirement of 68 minutes.

Challenges in the industry

One of the challenges observed is the limitation of doorsets approved by third-party certification schemes, qualifying only into tested/approved wall types. This narrowing scope poses a growing challenge within the industry.

This test was a significant leap for EBD Steel Doors—a system test demonstrating their commitment to innovation. While they have existing solutions for doors installed into internal sandwich panel partitions, this marked their first confirmation of achieving 60 minutes of fire resistance despite the presence of supporting steelwork.

Addressing modern methods of construction

Often, building designers lack access to such system solutions, prompting our pursuit to provide direct test evidence. EBD Steel Doors understand the importance of offering modern solutions that align with evolving construction needs.

The success of this test was bolstered by a combination of primary and secondary steelwork, underscoring the importance of a collaborative approach in achieving exceptional fire resistance.

As we celebrate this milestone, we’re excited about the possibilities it presents for architects, specifiers, and the broader construction community. Contact EBD Steel Doors to explore how this milestone can elevate the safety and performance of your projects. 

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