AUST – Essential Property Services advises that various types of fire doors and smoke doors are installed in new buildings and buildings undergoing alterations and require fire door inspections in accordance with AS 1851-2005 and essential safety measures directions from statutory authorities. Due to the performance requirements contained within the Building Code of Australia  and resultant fire engineered solutions, various “name labels” are placed on doors outside of the meaning under AS 1905.1 -2005 ‘Components for the protection of openings in fire-resistant walls – fire resistant door sets’.

The BCA nominates for all fire doors to be identical to prototypes that have been tested in accordance with Australian Standard AS 1530.4 ‘Methods for fire tests on building materials, components and structures – fire-resistance test of elements of construction’. A fire door is part of a fire rated door set which is installed in a fire rated wall (system).

The following door types are the most commonly referred to in the building approval process by building surveyors under Australia’s Building Legislation.