BSI releases updated code of practice for timber-based fire doors

11 April 2017

The British Standards Institution (BSI) has update its code of practice for fire door assemblies with update guidance that is relevant to timber-based door assemblies.

The revised BS 8214 standard gives recommendations for the specification, installation and maintenance of timber-based fire doors. It now includes updated guidance associated with the sealing between the door assembly and the surrounding structure.

The recommendations are applicable to timber-based hinged or pivoted pedestrian door assemblies or door leaves, fitted into frames of any material.

Other changes to the revised standard from its predecessor, BS 8214:2008, include new fire precautions in the design, construction and use of building to ensure the standard is harmonised with recently revised BS 9999 Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings.

BSI said BS 8214 was revised with suppliers of door assembly components in mind, many of which are looking for ways to align their offering with the reliability of assembly offered by doorsets. The revised standard reflects changes in the industry to meet its usability, particularly in relation to the installation and maintenance of fire doors, and is particularly relevant to those who work in the fire performance and smoke control sectors.

Anthony Burd, head of built environment at BSI, said: “BS 8214 offers step-by-step guidance by experts from the fire door installation sector, certification bodies, and from across the industry. Failure to properly specify, install or maintain a fire door assembly could have devastating consequences. Fortunately for the industry, BS 8214 is the benchmark standard for the correct installation and maintenance of timber-based fire doors.”

It is said BS 8214 will be of benefit to joinery sub-contractors; door and window manufacturers; architects; building contractors; maintenance companies; certification bodies; local authorities; glass manufacturing companies; construction materials and building manufacturers; and suppliers of door assembly components.