Providing the safest environments possible for your building project and its future occupants is of utmost importance for any architect or builder. Let’s take a look at sliding fire door options.
Sliding fire-rated doors are excellent solutions when it comes to designing and managing your fire risks. Sliding Fire Doors are also widely used to meet Australian Building Code regulations as per AS 1905.1-2005.
When to Install Sliding Fire Doors
- Schools and educational institutions
- Factories, plants and warehouses
- Shopping centres
- Car park constructions
- Hospitals, nursing homes and medical buildings
- Residential building complexes
Sliding Fire Doors & Your Options
There are several options and possibilities when it comes to designing, manufacturing and installing your sliding fire door systems:
- Fire Resistance Ratings: Like regular fire doors, sliding fire doors can be manufactured to suit your desired fire resistance requirements. This can include 1, 2, 3, or 4-hour doors.
The rating you choose will depend on your specific firewall systems and what ratings you need to remain compliant with Australia’s building code regulations.
- Fire Door Materials: Sliding fire doors can be manufactured using various materials, such as steel, aluminium, metal glass fibre and timber glass fibre.
• E-Core® Doors are popular fire door options that can suit sliding systems well. They are made from non-laminated construction materials and are very lightweight and versatile, making them excellent sliding solutions that can still provide reliable fire protection
- Opening & Closing Systems
The Building Code of Australia (C3.6) states that all sliding fire doors must be fitted with an electromagnetic device that will:
(a) Automatically close the sliding doors more than 30 seconds, but no less than 20 seconds, after the door is released
(b) Link to an emergency system and automatically deactivate if a fire, smoke or warning system/alarm is triggered
Electro-magnetic devices can also be overridden using a manual button or switch. This allows occupants to keep the door open if necessary and close it using a manual release.
• Magnamatic Devices are common and reliable opening/closing electromagnetic solutions that can be installed in conjunction with your sliding fire doors. Inquire about Magnamatic here
- Aesthetic Options
A variety of finishes can be applied to sliding fire doors to match your space’s appearance and design.
Many sliding fire doors can also be made from glass. This is a popular option that introduces extra visibility into the building and enhances the presence of natural light, and maximises the space’s appearance.
Other Regulations When Installing Sliding Fire Doors:
- Warning Devices: A red flashing light must be installed on either side of the doorway, along with a suitable audible warning device
- Signage: The words “WARNING – SLIDING FIRE DOOR” must be displayed on each side of the fire door, directly above the opening; the sign must be in capital letters, at least 50mm high and must be in a colour that easily contrasts with the colour of the background
FSE Special Purpose Doors in Sydney is a leading designer and supplier of fire-rated doors and sliders. We can also assist you with the correct hardware and accessories to make sure your door is 100% compliant.
At FSE Special Purpose Doors, all of our fire doors are fully tested and certified to meet Australian fire resistance requirements. To view our fire doors or order a custom door, please contact us at [email protected] or 1300 4 DOORS.
Learn some more about the doors we can provide below: