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JELD-WEN, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of interior and exterior doors, has reported a huge amount of interest in its recently launched FireGuard® door. The new door, which was recently commended as one of the most innovative products of the year by the Construction Products Association 2008, is already becoming a firm favourite with builders, contractors and home-renovators.

FireGuard® remains the only 30 minute fire-rated, 35mm door on the market and many specifiers on Decent Homes programmes, have expressed an instant interest in using it to improve the safety of residents in social housing. Many homeowners looking to carry out loft conversions are already seeing huge benefits, as Building Regulations require mandatory upgrade to fire rated doors, which can add significantly to project cost and duration.

Chris Miller, Product Manager at JELD-WEN, explains: “The response to the launch of FireGuard® has been amazing and we have already had a huge amount of interest from many sectors of the market. Local authorities and housing associations have been particularly impressed with the fact that a standard non fire-rated door can be upgraded, without having to change the frame, which saves labour costs and time on site.”

Previously upgrading to a fire door usually meant replacing the entire frame – to suit a thicker 44mm fire rated door. This meant a large amount of work for builders and contractors, including having to re-plaster around the new frame. The innovative core on FireGuard® means that it still achieves the same fire rating, but at only 35mm, it can be fitted into an existing frame.

For properties on the Decent Homes programme, installing FireGuard® will help to significantly modernise existing homes, potentially playing a key role in implementing the programme, which aims to refurbish 95 per cent of all social houses to a decent standards by 2010.

This standard is defined as a home that is warm, weatherproof and that has reasonably modern facilities and by fitting homes with FireGuard®, the product provides extra protection against the life threatening hazard of house-fires and additional peace of mind for both the tenant and registered social landlord.

As well as having a unique core material, the innovative part of FireGuard® is that the intumescent strip is fitted in the door, providing the protection from the spread of smoke or fire, again without having to replace the frame, which can be costly and time-consuming (subject to fitting instructions). By fitting the intumescent strip within the door, frames no longer need to be replaced to upgrade to a thicker 44mm fire rated door.

For loft conversions, current mandatory planning guidelines require a safe passage from the loft to a means of escape, such as the front door. This often meant having to change all the frames from the loft to the front door which again meant a huge amount of work and cost, as well as multi-trade aspects, such as re-plastering. Now builders can simply replace the existing door with a fire rated door – a huge bonus for homeowners.

Chris Miller explains: “Homeowners have been quick to recognise that FireGuard can save them both time and money when carrying out loft conversions. So far, the feedback from the market has far exceeded our expectations and we look forward to demonstrating FireGuard® to as many customers as possible.”

Within a few weeks of being launched, JELD-WEN had gained a commitment from a large distributor/customer, which has been crucial in making the product available nationally.

The new FireGuard door has been tested to BS476 along with European Standard EN1634 to offer 30 minutes’ fire protection.

FireGuard™ doors are available through JELD-WEN.


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