The fatal fire in Brussels department store, Innovation (1967) lead to the Belgian government becoming the first in Europe to explore fire-resistant compartmentation of buildings. They wanted to prevent fires spreading like “wildfires” throughout the various floors and compartments of a building.
In that same year, De Coene was the first manufacturer in Belgium to successfully carry out a fire test. Now, over 50 years on, we have successfully completed over 350 fire tests.
For many years, the doors were tested in accordance with Belgian Standard NBN 713.020. In recent years, there has been discussion of transitioning over to European standardisation, which will mean that, as of November 2019, all doors must satisfy the EI1 requirement of the European standard in accordance with EN 16034.
At De Coene Products, we are already in the process of converting all our certifications from Belgian over to European EI1 certifications. This will facilitate a smooth transition in 2019.
The fire resistance of a door set must be proven through a fire test performed at an accredited lab. During a fire test, doors are assessed on the following criteria:
- Integrity “E” (i.e. flames are kept out)
- Thermal insulation “I” (temperature measured on door leaf and frame) > (NB: EI1 - required in Belgium - is stricter than EI2 or EW, which are required in neighbouring countries)
Pending the transition over to the European standards, we continue to work with the trusted Benor ATG certification. The fire doors fall under a number of different certifications based on their fire resistance and the type of door:
Our fire-resistant doors are wooden internal doors that can be set into various wooden and metal frames.
For more information on frames, locks, hinges, glazing, grilles etc. that can be used in combination with our doors, please refer to certification, leaflets or technical data sheets in the downloads section.
Naturally, you can contactus at any time with any further questions.