Guide to the Fire Resistance of Historic Timber Panel Doors

Historic doors are often relied upon to provide a degree of fire and smoke resistance, but there may be conflict between the parties involved in the decision making process. There are those seeking to improve the fire performance of the doors and those tasked with protecting the historic fabric and character of the building.

This document seeks to clarify the process of deciding if changes are necessary, the degree of upgrading to a door and what could be done to satisfy all points of view, including enforcement authorities. The upgrading section is limited to single swing panel doors, but the remainder of the document can be applied to other types of door.


  • Introduction
  • Factors affecting the performance of fire doors
  • Upgrading of fire doors
  • Design and use of the matrix

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 50


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