Our doors pass the second of three tests…

For the last few months, Global has been hard at work putting together the plans for the re-launch of our Composite Fire Doors manufacturing programme. With this, we hope to be able to provide our clients with a complete approach to their fire door requirements, being able to both supply and fit fully compliant and secure doors on their projects.

Global understand the importance of the integrity of fire doors, which is why we continue to strive to develop our skills around fabrication and installation, with help from industry leaders such as Winkhaus and Element.

This February, in the run-up to our Composite Door re-launch this May, Global visited the experts at Warrington Fire in High Wycombe to put our fire doors through their Smoke Leakage Test. A branch of Element Materials Technology, Warrington Fire and their technicians were able to carry out exhaustive Smoke Leakage Testing to ensure Global Fire Doors would be able to maintain the integrity of a compartment in the event of a fire. This means that the doors would be able to delay the spread of deadly smoke and fumes throughout a building, reducing the risk to occupants.

Global Doors Pass Smoke Leakage Test
Global Doors Pass Smoke Leakage Test

Important Partnerships

The doors were installed for testing by the wonderful technicians from Winkhaus, who have been supporting us through the process of our relaunch. They have aided us in all testing, including the Security Test conducted by Element Materials Technology in January at their Wednesbury testing facilities, and the further Burn Testing we will be undergoing in March. With their help, the doors we fabricate will have a BM Trada Triple Q Mark, being certified in Smoke, Security and Fire to ensure the highest levels of safety and sustainability for our clients.

We are thrilled to have a strong pass on this test, meaning that all doors manufactured by Global will be created under the smoke leakage certificate EN1634 part 3, attesting to its security against smoke in the event of a fire. With the final assessment, we will be tested to certificate EN1643-1 from the Burn Test, securing our triple Q Mark in Security, Smoke and Fire.

Written by Georgina Butters for and on behalf of Global Group.

Our doors pass the first of three tests…

After the Grenfell Tower Fire shook the industry and the nation, Global took a step back from manufacturing our fire doors whilst new legislation appeared, so that we had time to fully understand the new rules around fire protection and safety. This January, we took another step closer to the re-launch of our door fabricating division, by conducting the PAS 24 Physical Security test with Element Materials Technology on our composite fire doors.

Our new composite doors went under their first of three physical tests to measure their security. The doors were fabricated in our unit by our team, then made their journey to Element Materials Technology in Wednesbury for their Physical Security Testing. In order to conduct the test, the technicians at Element used various different tools in order to test whether the door could withstand the efforts of an ‘opportunistic burglar.’

Triple Safety

At the same time as we develop and test our Global doors, we are working to develop and test ourselves. Whilst we are already BM Trada Q Mark accredited on Fire Door Installation and Fire Door Maintenance, we are working closely with BM Trada to gain our Q Mark in Fire Door Manufacturing with expected completion in Spring, so that the doors we provide can be as compliant as possible.

We’ve been working with Winkhaus to extend our skills and knowledge in fire door fabrication, making use of their expertise to ensure we are creating the safest possible solutions to our clients’ fire door requirements. The doors are triple Q Marked on Smoke, Security and Fire, meaning that as well as testing them to PAS 24, before launch, we will be testing them to EN1634, so we are confident that each and every door is as fire-safe as possible and in line with legislative requirements, and EN1634 part 3, attesting to is security against smoke in the event of a fire.

We were very grateful to Element Materials Technology for conducting the test so efficiently and professionally, and even happier to pass with flying colours! This is just another of many great steps we are consciously taking to ensure that every fire door we produce, install and maintain is as safe as it can possibly be. Fire Safety is at the core of everything we do, and ensuring our clients and their building’s occupants are protected is vital to our mission as a company.

Written by Georgina Butters for and on behalf of Global Group.

Over the last few weeks, Global are thrilled to have been partnering up with the team at Winkhaus to develop our skills and knowledge of composite fire doors. Winkhaus’ extensive expertise in their BM Trada Q Marked fire doors has been incredibly valuable to us, setting out the first steps in our journey with them.

At Global, we set our sights on the manufacturing and fabrication of our own composite fire doors, looking to supply higher quality and safer doors to our projects from our own warehouse. With the help of Winkhaus, we have been able to sit down with some key contacts to learn more about their composite fire doorset solutions, and the features that make them so compliant.

Our team recently had the pleasure of visiting Winkhaus in their Kettering office, sitting down with Technical Director Chris Flaherty and Project Coordinator Simon Eshelby to dive deeper into the formation of their doorsets. We were also lucky enough to have some of Winkhaus’ team visit us in our own warehouse, showing us the specific detailing and components of the doors, and taking us step by step through their meticulous processes.

Why Winkhaus’s doors?

One of the aspects of Winkhaus’ doorsets that have attracted us is the levels of safety they are upheld to, as their passion for fire safety and compliance matches ours here at Global. These doors are not only Q Marked on Fire, but on Security too, following in line with our values of safety. We will be joining the BM Trada Q Mark Fire Door Manufacturer Scheme in order to ensure our doors will be continually meeting the standard of fire door fabrication and upholding the levels of compliance expected from a safe, tested and properly installed fire door.

As a company, we are also concerned with the environmental aspects of everything we manufacture and install. It is important to us that we are actively doing the best we can to ensure our carbon footprint is reduced, as well as our impact on the environment and climate. This is why the design of the doorsets, being made from recycled material, has been a critical aspect of our relationship with Winkhaus, as we are thrilled to share a passion for environmental change and protection.

As well as all of these wonderful aspects, these doorsets enable us to offer our clients more attractive solutions to their projects. They will be able to choose from ranges of colours, door leaf patterns and fire-rated window positions, enabling them to tailor each project even further.

We are delighted to continue this journey with Winkhaus and develop our own knowledge and expertise with their guidance and support and look forward to being able to manufacture and supply even more compliant and safe solutions to our clients.

You can visit Winkhaus’ website here to learn more about what they do!

Written by Georgina Butters for and on behalf of Global Group.