Winkhaus has reportedly became the first company to attain the new Q Mark 3rd party audit certification for smoke for its FireFrame composite fire doorsets solution.
It has also become the first company to attain Q Mark certification for all three critical performance requirements: Fire, Smoke and Security.
Winkhaus UK Technical Director Chris Flaherty explained below the importance of the new Q Mark certification for Smoke.
He said: “The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) guidelines for fire doors identifies three critical performances that require testing – Fire, Smoke & Security.
“The guidelines also clearly state that these critical performances should be 3rd party independently audited.
“Traditional test evidences most often include smoke resistance, but the smoke evidence has not been controlled by the 3rd Party independent audit / Certification scheme as recommended by the MHCLG,”
Jon Cole, Chief Operating Officer at Secured by Design added: “In 2021 we secured agreement from all of the UK certification bodies working in this area to incorporate smoke control into their fire and security schemes for flat/apartment entrance doorsets.
“We fully support the active and progressive position that Winkhaus has taken on this matter, Chris and his technical team have demonstrated that it is possible to meet all of the requirements in one package.
“Flat/Apartment entrance door sets are becoming increasingly complex products and Winkhaus are the first to meet all of the SBD requirements through the Q Mark 3rd party certification scheme.”
Chris explained that driving this change has ensured that all three performances are tested and regularly independently audited to prove that all future production in the coming weeks, months and years will continue to provide the safest door set solution.
Chris concluded: “We are delighted that our composite fire doorset solutions are the first to be awarded Q Mark Certification for Smoke and the first to hold all three Q Mark certifications from BM Trada, with our timber doorset solutions currently completing the same certification process”.