NEWS All the latest news from Fire Door Experts. These are exciting times for the company. Read on!
Building Safety Bill – draft publication gives new rights to residents and accountability for building owners
Residents in high rise buildings are set to be given new rights. The new Building Safety Bill will allow residents access to safety information in relation to the building they live in and, more importantly, gives them the power to challenge the building owner if they are not acting in the best interests of the residents and the safety and integrity of the building.
This new Bill comes off the back of Dame Hackitt’s report into the Grenfell Tower fire and will make sure that those responsible for the safety of residents in high rise buildings are accountable for any issues or mistakes, with a new regulator to enforce the new rules and take action against offenders.
The Building Safety Regulator (BSR), which is already being set up within the Health & Safety Executive, will have three main functions:
- To oversee the safety and standard of all buildings
- Assure the safety of higher-risk buildings
- Improve the competence of those responsible for the managing and overseeing of building work
Crucially, this new BSR will be able to hold building owners to account for any issues or mistakes within their buildings.
Working with our clients, not just for our clients…
Hanevo at Whittington Hospital, a prime example
It’s vital, when working on projects, that all parties concerned work for the betterment of the project, especially when a variety of suppliers are involved and an ever-increasing scope of work.
Fire Door Experts were originally engaged by Hanevo back in December 2018 to carry out the installation of 250+ fire doors on a fix only basis. Due to the quality and timeliness of our work, the clear communication channels and our professional project management, we have developed an excellent relationship with Hanevo which has led to further works being awarded for fire door maintenance work and the supply and installation of a number of fire doors, including;
- Maintenance work completed on 76 existing bedroom doors
- Further maintenance work completed on existing kitchen and store room fire doors
- Replacement on-call doors – 15 On-Call bedroom doors replaced with FD30s Ash veneer door-sets with enhanced acoustic rating
- Improved escape route and fire compartmentation contract awarded with installation beginning soon
- Fix only door installation – Phase 2 recommences
- Fire door surveys completed on Level 2 with reports being prepared for submission
Given the numerous steps involved in the fire door procurement process, especially when working on multiple concurrent sub-projects, strong project management skills are required along with clear and concise communications. Fire Door Experts pride ourselves on offering a true full circle service providing peace of mind from project conception to completion and beyond.
Anti-Microbial Ironmongery – for a safer and cleaner building!
New product feature – perfect for fire doors in hospitals, offices, schools, care homes – or any ironmongery that needs to be pulled or pushed!
Ironmongery featuring a BioCote Anti-Microbial coating can now be included in your fire door schedules or as part of a remedial works programme!! Providing continuous, around the clock protection against microbial colonisation, this is a great leap forward with the powder coating able to kill bacteria such as E-Coli and MRSA!!
How well does BioCote work?
- BioCote® protection is permanent – it provides built in protection for the expected lifetime of your product.
- BioCote® provides continuous, around the clock protection against microbial colonisation.
- BioCote® has been proven to reduce the number of bacteria on a protected product by as much as 80% in 15 minutes and 99.5% in just 2 hours.
- BioCote® has been proven to reduce the presence of microbes on a protected product by up to 99.99%
House of Commons commendation – great to see given current challenges!
During these testing times, whilst our fire door technicians are strictly adhering to Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures, we are carrying out essential fire door maintenance works for a London borough on behalf of Wates Living Space.
The London borough have just received a fantastic letter of commendation from The House of Commons highlighting how well these essential works have and are being managed given the current challenges we all face.
Fire Door Surveys
As a building owner, landlord or Responsible Person, you have a statutory obligation to ensure your fire doors are compliant and fit for purpose
So, you instruct a third party accredited fire door contractor to inspect and assess your fire doors. You (should) then receive a detailed report and cost estimate. Naturally, you want to get comparison quotes, so you send the report out to other contractors to price up.
The following things then probably happen:
1 Other contractors refuse to provide costs for repairs based on someone else’s report.
2 Another fire door contractor will price up the report, but include many clauses to cover them for pricing off someone else’s report. This includes disagreeing with some elements of the report and / or not costing certain elements at all.
3 A lot of time elapses between from when the first report was commissioned and completed, to when you finally have (at least) 2 costings to ‘compare’.
4 Now you have at least 2 costs back, you can’t actually compare like for like as each contractor’s prices have different interpretations of the reports and what they have (and have not) allowed for. So, in effect, you can’t actually compare like for like.
5 Several months have since elapsed into this project, and you have not progressed any further as all you have managed to do is pay for a fire door survey which you have vastly different costs back for any remedial works, all with different views on what is permitted to be carried out to maintain an existing fire door assembly back to its originally intended fire rating.
If this has happened to you, this is where we can help!
Government Report on Grenfell Inquiry Phase 1
Yesterday, the Government published a document that sets out its response to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry’s Phase 1 report of October 2019.
There are a number of actions being taken by the Government to ensure that a tragedy like Grenfell never happens again. These actions are largely based on Dame Judith’s recommendations in her independent review of building safety.
The upcoming Fire Safety Bill, borne as a direct result of the Grenfell Tower disaster, will:
“place new and enhanced regulatory regimes for building safety and construction products, and ensure residents have a stronger voice in the system………and to clarify the scope of the Fire Safety Order (2005) for fire doors for domestic premises of multiple occupancies, including front entrance doors.”
The Fire Safety Bill will further provide clearer accountability and stronger duties for those responsible for the safety of their buildings, particularly high rise buildings, and strengthen enforcement and sanctions to deter non-compliance with the new regime.
As fire door fitters, we welcome this report wholeheartedly and look forward to when the new Bill is passed. Building owners, operators, and landlords must then fully comply with their statutory duties to ensure all their building’s fire doors are fit for purpose. This may require door replacements, or maintaining the doors back to their originally intended fire rating.
The full report can be found here >>> Government Response to Grenfell Inquiry Phase 1 Report