Special article for Glass Times magazine
Secured By Design (SBD) needn’t be a headache for fabricators. Terry Hirons, Technical Manager at Jack Aluminium, explains how to easily and effectively produce SBD-compliant commercial doors.
One of the biggest shifts in the door industry over the past few years has been the rise in Secured By Design (SBD). Most commercial door specifications – especially those in the public sector, such as schools or other local authority buildings – now require SBD as standard.
It’s a definite forward step for the industry, putting security at the heart of everything we do. However, achieving SBD has a real impact on fabricators, who might not be fully acquainted with the technicalities of meeting the standard. It’s easy to get it wrong – and that can have disastrous implications if the terms of a tender are breached.
The good news is that it’s also easy to get it right. The trick is to consider SBD right from the beginning. That means understanding the specific SBD requirements of every project, down to a door by door level, and fabricating to match.
That’s where a reputable aluminium systems specialist can make a real difference. Rather than deliver an off-the-shelf solution, suppliers can tailor each extrusion to meet the terms of the tender specification.
At Jack Aluminium, part of my role is exactly this. I figure out the issues for each and every door, determining the potential obstacles and advising practical, effective solutions. The door design is then worked out to these precise parameters and the information provided to the fabricator to ensure a perfect, SBD-compliant fit.
In essence, our philosophy is “to match, from scratch.” In addition to the aluminium profile itself, we supply fabricators with a detailed technical breakdown ideally suited to the needs of the project.
It isn’t rocket science. Meeting SBD relies on combining three elements. Firstly, we rely on close observation of the specification. Secondly, we apply the knowledge gleaned from our strong portfolio of projects in schools, colleges and universities spanning the last 8 years. And, last but not least, we are committed to testing, testing, testing.
We always invest in testing, because it’s the only sure way – bar the door being involved in a real-world security scenario – of guaranteeing the door’s effectiveness. Each of our core door range is accredited to PAS 23 and PAS 24 standards, the result of an ongoing process of research and refinement to find the best possible solutions for different door types.
Generally, commercial door requirements tend to fall into three categories: ‘standard’ (which, despite that description, still requires high levels of security, as well as thermal efficiency); anti-panic doors; and mag lock doors for more controlled access and top-level security. Accordingly, we currently offer three types of commercial door, all Q marked, to suit these needs.
The original TD68 Jack Door, in addition to achieving a U-value of 1.7 W/m2K, is fully SBD- compliant. We listened to customers and added a series of innovations to the door to achieve SBD requirements for schools and high throughput entrances.
We developed the aluminium TD68 Pivot Anti-panic Door to deliver an emergency access panic door solution that is quick to release while being secure from the outside. The door is rebated and features a unique low threshold to prevent tampering of the internal panic device by means of a wire under or over the door leaf.
The PAS24 Pivot Hinge Mag Lock Door is tested to withstand forced entry up to 450 kg at several strategic points around the door commonly regarded as weak – but is easy to access when required – to provide a safe, highly secure and cost effective solution.
From these door types, it’s a matter of adapting these proven essentials to the specific contours of the door, bearing in mind its location, its likely usage patterns, its dimensions, any environmental considerations and a range of other factors that, if not addressed, can compromise long-term security performance.
By speaking to systems providers right from the beginning, there’s no reason to get burnt by SBD when fabricating aluminium commercial doors. You’ll get expert advice, precise specifications and profiles that are built to last.