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.
In the past,, the fire resitant doors were tested in accordance with Belgian Standard NBN 713.020. Since a few years, there has been discussion of transitioning over to European standardisation, This means that in the future, fire retardant doors will have to answer the EI1 requirement of the European standard in accordance with EN 16034. We expect the EI1 obligation for fire retardant doors as from July 2022. Until then, fire doors according to NBN 713.020 will be allowed.
Today, at De Coene Products, we are already converting our certificates from Belgian over to European standard, in order to be able to present you the appropriate EI1 certificates as soon as required by legislation.
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.