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CE Marking made easy for customers of Distinction Doors

November 20, 2012

Distinction Doors has teamed up with Build Check to give customers the latest information on the changes for CE Marking. From 1 July 2013 most standard composite doors will require a CE Mark under new European Legislation. Two seminars were held in Birmingham and Manchester for over 100 customers to find out what CE Marking is about and what they need to do.

The two companies first started working together in 2010 to include Distinction Doors Composite Door products and decorative glass range on Build Check Publication’s The Oracle to provide a valuable but inexpensive tool to calculate doorset U-values and declare conformity to Building Regulations Approved Document L October 2010.

The presentation and lively debate was led by expert in CE Marking, Build Check’s Richard Bate. “Most companies want to know what to do, how to do it and how much it’s going to cost,” says Richard. “From 1 July 2013 there will be a legal requirement for most external doors to have a CE Mark. However, many companies may only have to produce one CE Mark that will cover their complete range of Distinction Doors using calculations and/or testing for the worst case scenario.

“There are five steps to follow to comply with the new CE Mark regulation: a written Factory Production Control system, thermal transmittance (U-values), Initial Type Testing, Declaration of Performance, and CE Mark labelling.

“The Oracle was first created as an online resource centre which included a U-value calculator. As a Notified Body, Build Check can use the calculations as a basis for Initial Type Testing for CE Marking compliance. The Oracle now includes information on CE marking and a Factory Production Control (FPC) Template for companies who don’t already have one in place. There are also downloads for the Declaration of Performance and CE Mark labelling.”

Distinction Doors’ products are included into The Oracle calculator so customers can simply establish the U-values of their range of products. Dave Walker, Technical Director at Distinction Doors explains: “This means that customers can produce Composite doorset U-value calculation reports efficiently that can be verified by Build Check, an independent Notified Body, at a competitive rate. Our customers don’t need to undertake full and comprehensive thermal analysis or hot box testing which is both time consuming and significantly more expensive.

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