As Sidey, Scotland’s strongest fenestration company, is among the first UK companies to achieve the new fire door certification, Joint Managing Director Steve Hardy talks about the importance of accreditations.
Sidey is one of the first companies to achieve new accreditations as they launch a new range of FD30 Composite Fire Doors. Following independent factory product audits, our composite fire doors have been fully certified under the BM Trada scheme STD 170 and tested to BS EN1634-1 for fire resistance, both internally and externally.
The door sets have been Q Mark third party accredited for both fire and security manufacturing consistency and have also achieved EN 1634-3 for smoke resistance and PAS 24 enhanced security.
It was important that we were one of the first to achieve this certification. We understand the importance of accreditations and we know that customers needed absolute assurance that they were choosing the right products.
Be safe, be secure, be Sidey – that is our philosophy here. Fire doors have been a big part of our business as we work with many local authorities, housing associations, and new build developers.
Since the Grenfell tragedy more than three years ago, the supply and fit of fire doors has been a major issue, highlighting the dire consequences that can occur when products that have been designed for protection, fail to be fit for purpose.
The first phase of the public inquiry stated that failing fire doors contributed to Grenfell and noted that a 2016 inspection raised concerns about some doors not sealing smoke properly. In light of these findings, new regulations were introduced to prevent a repeat of this awful event.
After Grenfell it quickly became apparent that there would be a change in legislation as far as fire doors are concerned. It was vital that we had everything in place to ensure that we could successfully resume manufacturing fire doors. That’s why we’ve invested time and money to ensure that our FD30 composite fire door range is fully accredited.
We always put safety and security first at Sidey. Every detail had to be absolutely impeccable so that customers can be totally assured of a product that can pass all the latest tests and keep residents safe.
Our FD30 composite fire door range is available with a fixed glazed top fanlight above the door fitted with Sidey’s auto lock. There is a full range of hardware available including BS EN 1634-1 eye viewers, security chains, knockers, TS008 compliant letterboxes, low level thresholds and lever handles with thumb-turn options.
We have years of experience working with house builders, architects and specifiers and have developed quality partnerships with leading players in the industry throughout the UK.
It’s vital that products, and services, are fully accredited and certified. At Sidey we are firmly dedicated to providing the very highest standards and our long list of accreditations confirms this.