Ensuring all the components of a doorset combine to give the required performance on site is a major challenge for any specifier. Here we outline how current Building Regulations apply to an internal door

How to specify a doorset
How to specify a doorset

1 Part E sound reduction Doors may need to be specified with a minimum door leaf weight (kg/m2) or sound reduction value (Rw dB) to ensure sound transmission is kept within acceptable levels. This is particularly important for music rooms in schools or hotels.

2 Part B fire resistance and smoke control It needs a label demonstrating third party accreditation for fire (such as BWF-CERTIFIRE) to demonstrate the doorset’s ability to meet a specified fire performance.

3 Part M accessibility A minimum clear opening of 800 mm is needed for accessibility

4 Part N glazing safety This defines the type of glazing that must be used for vision panels

5 BS 8300 Sets the handle position, its shape and colour contrast with door face for to meet accessibility requirements

6 BS 7532 Selection of the correct hinges for usage, door weight, width and door-closer requirements

7 Part E accoustics Design of the thresholds is essential for meeting sound reduction requirements

8 Parts B and E Selection of intumescents seals and smoke seals for fire protection or acoustic seals for sound protection

9 Part M Vision panel design to aid visibility

10 Parts B and E Packing and sealing of frame/wall junctions to limit spread of fire and noise.

The above information was taken from a new technical document Designing with Doors and Doorsets from manufacturer LS Group. The publication provides detailed guidance on how the current Building Regulations, British and European Standards and other documents affect door assemblies LS Group www.lsgroup.co.uk

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