This information relates to fire doors in the Australian market and is a suggest course of action but in no way gives a concrete answer to this elusive question.
I have heard this question over and over again and it often follows a client receiving a quotation for a large amount of money to replace fire doors because their tags are missing or have been removed. For the specifics in relation to fire doors tags and what is required this information is found in AS1905.1 section 6.
The following information may provide a way to minimise the unnecessary replacement of fire doors due to missing compliance tags but there is no silver bullet. If you have a missing tag, you have an issue. The main issue is without a tag how can you know it is a fire door and not just a normal door.
Anyway, that’s a discussion for another day.
As a means of minimising the chance of having to replace a fire door due to a missing tag issue I would propose the following course of action.
- View the Evidence of Compliance
- If no evidence of compliance the building Door Schedule
- If no door schedule a Fire Compartment Plan of the door location
- If no fire compartment plan of the door location an Architectural or Structural Plan of the floor showing the FRL of the walls adjacent to the door opening
- If no plan showing the FRL of the walls adjacent to the door opening seek FRL information from the building owner who may have to engage the service of a certified fire engineer to determine the FRL of the wall (if the construction cannot be ascertained with the assistance of the standard table in the BCA detailing FRL’s of normal building components e.g. bricks, concrete, besser blocks etc)
- If no documentation you have a problem and you will most likely have to replace your door.
Document is located and reviewed.
- Does the door have a 25mm stop section?
- If yes continue, if no door frame may require modification or replacement to comply.
- Run a magnet over the face of the door and ascertain if you detect metal behind the face at the location of the essential hardware (i.e. at each hinge, at the closer position and at the lockset position)?
- If yes continue,
- if no door may require replacement as it may not comply.
- Remove the lockset and identify that the core of the door is consistent with the available fire door cores in the market? ***BE CAREFUL IF YOU DO THIS AS FIRE DOORS WERE CONSTRUCTED USING ASBESTOS IN THE PAST AND REMOVING THE LOCKSET MAY LEAD TO EXPOSURE TO ASBESTOS WHICH IS NOT AN IDEAL SITUATION***
- If core is identified as an available core in the market continue,
- if not you may have to replace the door as it may not comply.
- Having identified the core, obtain the following details and submit to the core sponsor and request a copy of the relevant test approvals and/or letters of opinion (main core suppliers in Australia include E+ Building Products aka E-Core, Pyropanel and Firecore aka TVC Core). The core supplier may or may not release this information.
Height: Width: Thickness:
Masonry or Stud Framing or Other
IF STUD WALL
Stud Material: Stud Size: Wall Sheeting:
Wall Construction Details
51 x 25 Rebate or
41 x 25 Rebate
3mm maximum at head
3mm maximum on right and left hand stiles
3mm minimum at bottom and 10mm maximum
— / 60 / 30 (1 Hour) or
— / 120 / 30 (2 Hour) or
— / 180 / 30 (3 Hour) or
— / 240 / 30 (4 Hour)
Manufacturer & Model Number
ADDITIONAL HARDWARE FOR PAIRS Manufacturer & Model Number
Auto Flush Bolt
OTHER FITTED ITEMS
Steel Sheet Sheet Gauge:
Capping Capping Gauge:
Palusol installed between capping and door leaf (yes/no)
Vision Panel Height: Width:
Air Grille Height: Width: Model:
Kick Plate Height: Width: Material:
Special Veneers or Laminates
On receipt of the test approvals and/or test opinions, review the tests and opinions against the installed fire doorset and confirm that the installation is in accordance with the requirements of the test approval and/or opinions.
- If yes, door could possibly be tagged and certified including the provision of a schedule of evidence of compliance as required under AS1905.1 and
- If no, door may have to be replaced as it may not comply.
There are many cores on the market and also cores which are no longer in the market so the identification of the door core may or may not be possible. In general, if you cannot identify the core of the door you have no way to link it to an established fire test approval and/or opinion.
For the tagging requirements of fire doors in the Australian Market you are well advised to grab a copy of AS1905.1 (Components for the protection of openings in fire-resistant walls) and have a read through section 6 titled ‘Marking and Other Documentation’. In reading through this section take note of the definitions provided for Manufacturer and Certifier.
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