BWF Stair Scheme Founder Member, JELD-WEN, has been awarded Best Internal/Interior Product for its fire-protected stairs at the Housebuilder Product Awards 2013.
The inaugural Awards, which showcase and reward excellence and innovation amongst suppliers to the UK housebuilding industry, were presented at a special event at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham on Thursday 20 June, by columnist, author and former England Cricketer Ed Smith.
JELD-WEN is the first and only UK timber stairs manufacturer to be certified by the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) for fire-protected timber stairs through the BWF Stair Scheme.
JELD-WEN developed its LPCB Certified fire-protected stair range by working with the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and the BRE and undertook an extensive test programme. As a supplier of these products, JELD-WEN is authorised to label its stairs with the instantly recognisable LPCB 'horseshoe' mark alongside the new BWF "badge".
These certifications not only demonstrate that the stair is not consumed in a fire, but also that JELD-WEN's fire-protected stairs maintain their normal function after a fire event within the stair enclosure. One test requirement, following the actual fire test, is that the stair will still carry a large static load, confirming its functionality as an escape stair.
Tony Baker at the BRE/LPCB said: "This certification is about giving specifiers and developers more confidence about products that meet fire protection requirements. They should be in no doubt now that JELD-WEN's timber stairs can be specified for low and medium rise blocks, and that they help minimise fire risks in the buildings they are designing, specifying or managing."
Phil Chimento, JELD-WEN General Manager – Stairs, said: "The Award is fantastic recognition of our efforts to ensure that our stairs meet and exceed regulatory standards. We're always looking at how we can improve our product range to provide a better service for our customers and this Award is a firm step in the right direction."