Have your natural smoke and heat ventilators tested

In the event of a fire, NSHEVs can prove vitally important. Not only do they exhaust hot gases released by the fire in its developing stages, and therefore mitigate against flashover, but the smoke-free layer they create and maintain above the floor paves the way for evacuation from the building. Naturally, having such a crucial role to play in perilous situations makes it all the more necessary to ensure correct functionality through testing and certification.



INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS

For the access to the European market (EU), NSHEVs must achieve CE marking through compliance with the criteria of testing standard EN 12101-2: Smoke and heat control systems - Part 2: Specification for natural smoke and heat exhaust ventilators. Adhering to the requirements of EN 12101-2 is also required in order to gain access to the markets of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), namely: United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait.

The manufacturers and importers of NSHEVs are directly responsible for demonstrating their products’ compliance with regulations, and it is only with certification from a Notified Body like Applus+ offers a complete service for Fire testing and certification in laboratories for the access to markets.


OUR METHODOLOGY

Our team of experts will take care of the entire project, from planning to testing to certification (for both EU and GCC market access). This is a six step process:

  • We ask you for the information we need in order to conduct a preliminary study and define a test plan according to EN 12101-2.
  • Once our experts receive this information, they use it to conduct the technical study and identify which product models should be chosen as a sufficient test sample. The aim is to certify the maximum number of products with the fewest possible tests, deciphering the optimal route to certification.
  • We organize the collection of the test samples and then carry out all the necessary tests in accredited laboratories..
  • We issue the report for the range of the NSHEVs.
  • We conduct the initial inspection of your factory and organize the annual follow-up inspections of your factory (CPF).
  • We issue the certificate of conformity required for market access.


OUR FACILITIES

We are Notified Body (NB 0370) of the European Union and Product Certification Body accredited by ENAC with accreditation No. 12/C-PR054 with our own laboratories, accredited by ENAC with accreditation No. 9/LE895, to carry out the tests specified under EN 12101-2. Our state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with highly-specialized test benches, ideal for conducting these tests. In addition to the EN 12101-2 tests, our versatile equipment allows us to carry out the tests required under EN 12101-3 (Smoke and heat control systems - Part 3: Specification for powered smoke and heat control ventilators), namely:

  • Aerodynamic free load
  • Reliability
  • Opening under load
  • Low ambient temperature
  • Wind load
  • Resistance to heat
  • Automatic thermal initial device
  • Reaction to fire


Furthermore, we test for air permeability, water tightness and acoustic performance in accordance with the relevant testing standards, and our rangereports for these tests will also feature calculations for thermal conductivity.

 

BENEFITS OF A+ FIRE SAFETY CERTIFICATION

To enable manufacturers of fire protection products to access markets outside of the EU, Applus+ Laboratories has created the A+ Fire Safety Mark. This
provides access to markets in the Middle East, as it is a recognized scheme by the Gulf Cooperation Council. Other advantages of the A+ Fire Safety mark are:

  •  It allows all tests and studies carried out on a product to be summarized in the same report in order to present the scope of its characteristics in an organized way.
  • The mark is backed by a laboratory with worldwide recognition.
  • We are a Product Certification Body accredited by ENAC for this scheme, scope Nº.12/CPR054
  •  In Europe, the A+ Fire Safety Mark applies to those fire protection products not regulated by Regulation (EU) No. 305/2011 Construction Product, providing a voluntary certification scheme for these products

 

ABOUT APPLUS+ LABORATORIES

Applus+ is a global leader in the testing, inspection and certification sector, with more than 23,000 employees operating in up to 70 countries. The Applus+ Laboratories division is a benchmark in Europe in the field of fire safety testing and certification. Our network of versatile in-house laboratories and unique facilities offers full-scale fire testing, both in tunnels and in the open field.vWe offer a complete service to manufacturers of products requiring fire testing:

  • Certification and market access to manufacturers of fire protection products
  • Fire simulation and full-scale fire testing in tunnels
  • Full-scale fire testing in the open field

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