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Open door to CE

25 August 2011

A guide designed to help building professionals correctly specify CE marked timber doorsets has been published by the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF).

Specifiers, architects, contractors, clients and other professionals can download the guide, Specifying CE marked timber doorsets, from the DHF website (www.dhfonline.org.uk).

The DHF has produced the guide to help building professionals prepare for new CE mark legislation being introduced in July 2013. From that date it will become a criminal offence to place a construction product covered by a harmonised technical specification, such as doorset, onto the market without a CE mark.

The guide spells out the standards to which any CE marked timber doorset needs to be tested. It also details the benefits to the specifier in choosing CE marked timber doorsets over traditional multi-supplier sourced door assemblies.

The guide has been produced by the recently formed specialist DHF timber doorset group. This was set up in response to the growing preference from specifiers and contractors for complete pre-assembled doorsets, or factory- prepared doorset kits of parts, to be delivered on-site.

CE marked doorsets are likely to become the default requirement, especially in larger building projects such as schools, hospitals, public buildings and large residential developments following the move away from the traditional method of on-site assembly of doors from components from multiple sources. The demand is being driven by the need for product quality and consistency and the fact that only a tested and ready assembled doorset, or a complete doorset kit of parts from a single source ready for assembly, can be CE marked.

Said Jeff Leahy, chairman of the DHF timber doorset group: "By using this new DHF guide, the specifier - and the subsequent building owner or user - will find it easier to demonstrate compliance with the Regulatory Reform Order (RRO) Fire Safety regulations.

"In addition, a CE mark correctly applied to a doorset in accordance with this guide ensures compliance with the new Construction Products Regulation."



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