JELD-WEN recognized for innovative new fire door

JELD-WEN has been recognised for its innovative new 35mm fire door FireGuard®, in the Construction Products Association’s 2008 edition of Construction Products Innovation and Achievement (CPIA).

JELD-WEN’s achievement in the category of Health, Safety & Security means it is one of only 24 products nationally, to be chosen for this year’s publication, which showcases the most innovative products and processes created by the construction products industry during the previous twelve months.

JELD-WEN was the first door manufacturer in the UK to develop a 30 minute fire rated door that was the same thickness as most non fire rated internal doors. The advantage being that it is compatible with standard non-fire door frames, unlike other fire doors which require a 44mm frame. The door has been tested to BS476 Pt22 and is BWF CERTIFIRE industry approved and fully compliant with Building Regulations requirements.

Commenting on the achievement, Simon Storer, Communications and External Affairs Director, for the Construction Products Association, said: “We chose FireGuard® because it makes fire doors much more accessible to the market. Great innovation has been made in developing a core material to create a thinner fire door that still offers 30 minutes’ fire protection. The ultimate beneficiary will be the homeowner, who now has a much more affordable option to keep them and their family better protected against smoke and flame.”

Ian Purkis, Technical Director at JELD-WEN, explains, “We are delighted to have been chosen for this year’s CPIA publication. With most fire doors, the whole frame needs to be replaced in a refurbishment and this can be expensive, whereas now it is now a simple job just to replace the door with a 35mm fire rated FireGuard® door. It also has great scope in the loft conversion market where in the past all the doors and doorframes leading from the loft to the entrance to the house would have to be changed. This is now a much simpler and less expensive process in almost every case.”

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