Fire Testing of Doors
Regulations and classifications
According to Part E1 of the National Building Code of Finland, building elements are classified in accordance with classification standard SFS-EN 13501-2 in terms of their fire resistance. Fire classes E 30 – E 120 and EI2 15 – EI2 240 are used for doors in Finland. In addition, a safety distance (W ≤ 10 KW/m2) from combustible materials and passageways in exits has been determined for structures that emit thermal radiation. In addition, classes EI1 15 – EI1 240 and EW 20 – EW 60, in which W ≤ 15 KW/m2, can be used in other countries.
Accredited testing methods
We offer testing in accordance with the standard EN 1634-1 for
- timber, steel and composite doors
- glass doors and metal framed glazed doorsets
- hinged, pivoted, folding, tilting or sliding doors
- rolling shutter assemblies
- operable fabric curtains
- openable windows
Tests for doors and openable windows are performed in a vertical furnace. The door is of the size that will be used in practice. For performing the test, the specimens are mounted in a rigid or flexible wall of size 3 m x 3 m or some other practical structure. It is also possible to test bigger test specimens. With custom-made arrangements the tested structure may be even 4 m high or 5 m wide.
We make test plans to cover extensive end use applications on request.
Lift landing doors are tested in accordance with the standard EN 81-58. A canopy is used above the door, together with special measuring equipment for determining the leakage which is used as one of the test criteria.
Fire classification and EXAP-reports
We produce Extended Application (EXAP) and Classification reports for doors as requested. These services are accredited, too.
Our testing services are accredited in compliance with SFS-EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 by FINAS (Finnish Accreditation Service) . Our competence scope of Fire Safety is presented in FINAS decision T001, Appendix 1.11. Read more about our accreditations
We also function as a Notified Body. Our experts possess strong expertise in approval testing using various methods.