3 Things To Think About When Choosing Doors for Schools
Here is an overview of thing you need to think about when choosing doors for schools, such as fire resistance and sound attenuation.
Educational facilities such as schools, TAFEs, private colleges and universities present specific environments that require a greater attention to detail when it comes to things like fire safety, security and sound attenuation. And doors play a significant role in ensuring all these requirements are met.
Schools house large numbers of students and staff every day, and because of this the legislation and building regulations are very strict. FSE Special Purpose Doors provide a range of special purpose doors that adhere to Australian building standards outlined by the BCA. Let’s take a closer look at some of the things you need to think about when choosing doors for schools.
With the large numbers of staff and students that crowd schools, fire safety is obviously a major concern. And fire doors play a major role in the fire protection model of these buildings.
“Fire door” is a short term for a fire-rated door set. Fire doors consist of the door leaf, frame and associated hardware such as handles, locks, viewing panels and air grills. All of these elements will have been rigorously tested in accordance with the Building Code of Australia (i.e. AS1530.4) to achieve their fire rating. You can read more about this process here.
These kinds of doors are required to close and latch by themselves to avoid being left open. This is particularly important for what is known as ‘compartmentalising’ a fire, which contains flame and smoke while directing traffic to safety.
While not a major concern, some educational facilties require perimeter security doors, extra document and archive security, doors for plant rooms and other machinery rooms, heavy duty doors for warehouse spaces.
FSE Special Purpose Doors provide a range of special purpose security doors that adhere to Australian building standards outlined by the BCA (AS/NZS2343:1997). Our security range consists of a selection of ballistic doors, that are bullet proof and blast resistant doors.
Sound attenuation is very important in educational facilties where noise pollution can be a real issue.
Sound insulation refers to the process of putting up an acoustic barrier between a sound source and receiver. The greater the mass of the insulation material per unit area of a door, the more soundproof it will be.
This is why materials like concrete are such great insulation. However, concrete isn’t very practical for use in acoustic doors. Rather, a double-leaf partition – two sections separated by an air gap filled with a sound absorber like a solid core – is far more feasible.
Solid core doors have fantastic sound insulation properties, and are suitable for many applications in schools, TAFES and universities.