Government updates fire door guidance after doors fail tests

A number of fire doors have been found to fall short of expected standards in testing carried out following the Grenfell Tower fire.

2 August 2018

In response, the Government has updated its advice for building owners of fire doors and is encouraging landlords and building owners to evaluate the performance of fire doors in their properties.

The document tells landlords and owners to replace flat entrance doorsets if they suspect they do not meet fire or smoke resistance performance as set out in Building Regulations Guidance 16, using fire risk assessment processes to determine how urgently this needs to be done.

The Government’s Expert Panel and National Fire Chiefs Council continue to stress that the risk associated with these failed doors remains low, stating composite doors continue to protect against fire – but for a shorter period than marketed.

The Secretary of State for Communities has instructed major fire door suppliers to meet this week and agree a clear plan of action to tackle the identified failings, with weekly reports on progress. Trading Standards have been informed and are working with the companies involved. 

Which doors failed tests?

The following doors have failed the relevant furnace tests:

  • Glazed and unglazed doors supplied by Manse Masterdor and Masterdor Limited
  • Glazed composite doors supplied by Specialist Building Products Limited, trading as Permadoor
  • Glazed composite doors supplied by Solar Windows Limited
  • Glazed composite doors supplied by Birtley Group Limited, trading as Bowater

If you need more information about the specific doors involved or next steps, please email the MHCLG fire door team.

Let us know if you’re affected

To help us understand the breadth of this issue across the sector, we’d like to hear from any members who are affected, so please get in touch.