Solid Core Doors
AUST: Solid core doors have been installed in buildings across Australia under previous regulation regimes in most states even before the Building Code of Australia (BCA) has nominated them as an essential safety measure by the building surveyor/building certifier. Each state has had various conditions for solid core doors use and in what type of building they can be installed. Solid core doors previous to the BCA, have been relied upon as part of the life safety elements installed in a building, and at times relied upon too much.
Building Code of Australia
The Building Code of Australia nominates solid core doors in two areas, Table I1.1 and Clause C3.11, although you may see solid core doors installed elsewhere in buildings other than those nominated in Clause C3.11, these installations would be under ‘alternative solutions’ allowed under the BCA.
The following extract shows situations where solid core doors are nominated in the Building Code of Australia.
Part extract of Clause C3.11: – (Building Construction)
C3.11 Bounding construction: Class 2, 3 and 4 buildings
- d) Protection for a doorway must be at least-
(i) in a building of Type A construction – a self-closing -/60/30 fire door; and
(ii) in a building of Type B or C construction – a self-closing, tight fitting, solid core doors, not less than 35 mm thick,
The following illustration depicts the requirements for solid core doors in a Class 3 aged-care building.