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JELD-WEN, the UK's leading manufacturer of timber windows, doors
and stairs, 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
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.
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
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
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
As an Award winner, JELD-WEN has now been automatically entered
as a finalist for 'Product of the Year' at the Housebuilder Awards
on 7 November at the Tower Hotel, London.