Electric locking: Which is the right solution for the application?
The following questions can be used as a basis to understand the requirements and allow correct specification of an electric locking solution:
- Is the door an escape door, and if so, what is the defined direction of escape through the specific door?
- Is the door fire rated? If so, what is the rating (if new build what door core is proposed)?
- What is the door configuration – single leaf, double leaf, leaf & half, single action or double action?
- What is the door/frame material – timber, steel, composite, aluminium etc.?
- What is the defined risk – Panic (EN 1125) or Emergency (EN 179) in each direction of escape? (This defines whether a panic bar, push pad or lever handle can be used, some doors are escape in both directions)
- Security – what is the physical security requirement the door needs to achieve?
- Is the door access controlled in the direction of escape or is the door free egress in the direction of escape?
- Is there a Time Delay required in the direction of escape?
- What are the aesthetic requirements?
- Is the door to be automated opening?
- Is the locking required to Fail Locked or Fail unlocked?
The above questions should be answered on a door-by-door basis to identify the correct solution to use, and the fire/escape strategy document should then be updated to record the defined requirement as part of the holistic strategy for the building.
This is a requirement under regulation 38, for this critical life safety information to be passed to the building owner / occupier, end user so that the building can be operated and managed correctly.
In a new build scenario, many of the answers will be present in the documents provided by the project design team, such as the door schedule, fire strategy and escape plan. For a retrofit application the answers may need to be provided by the responsible person and the fire safety information they have available.
The above questions should be answered by a knowledgeable and ‘competent’ person either from the consultant team, design team or end user client team.For further information on compliant electric locking solutions, please visit: www.abloy.com
Or contact Roy Buckingham Dip.GAI Reg.AI M.InstAI on 07976 744 678, or via email@example.com.