Thanks to many years of experience, Her Majesty the Queen granted Hoefnagels Fire Safety the title of 'Purveyor to the Royal Household (Hofleverancier)' in 2009. This designation is a royal honour for small and medium-sized enterprises, which do not necessarily have to deliver to the court. These companies are at least a hundred years old and have a very good reputation in the region. They distinguish themselves by quality, solidity, and continuity.
Hoefnagels Fire Safety is a member of the association Brandveilig Bouwen Nederland (BBN) and has a broad network of contacts who are active in the construction industry. BBN consists of leading suppliers of fireproof building materials and constructions. Due to the diversity of its members and their expertise, BBN is a consultation partner for all disciplines within the construction industry. From contractor to architect and from customer to controlling authority.
Hoefnagels Fire Safety is one of the signatories of the BBN Code of Conduct. Among other things, it says that:
Hoefnagels Fire Safety is a member of the Koninklijke Metaalunie and therefore applies the general terms and conditions of delivery and payment as issued by this organisation. With more than 13,000 members, the Koninklijke Metaalunie is the largest entrepreneurial organisation for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the metal industry. It focuses on metal companies with up to approximately 100 employees in a wide range of sectors.
Our technicians are trained internally and have the necessary certificates, knowledge and quality to carry out the work responsibly. All our products are assembled in accordance with SCC** and ISO 9001 and are — where applicable — provided with a CE marking.
CE under EN 16034 for industrial and commercial fire doors and their impact
On 1 November 2019 the standard EN 16034 became mandatory, which means that from now on the doors covered by this standard must be provided with a CE marking for fire-resistant and smoke-resistant properties.
In the past 3 years of the coexistence period, a great deal of work has been done to clarify this — first on how to certify and then on what to certify. Many of the underlying standards were and even still are not yet complete, so the development of products has stagnated during this period. To date, the European Commission is still in consultation with the various working groups in order to clarify the application of EN 16034.
It is currently possible to certify a door on the basis of EN 16034, but this can mainly be achieved with new tests and test reports according to EN 1634-1. The first version of the test standard 1634-1 was issued in 2001. Since then, many tests have been carried out with positive results, but these regularly turn out not to be fully usable for certification under EN 16034; even tests carried out in 2017 do not qualify for certification in many cases. As a result, many products with the correct fire-resistance and/or smoke-resistance properties are currently not formally allowed to be supplied under CE (EN 16034) without any change in quality.
The endorsing market parties are striving for a correct CE marking. However, the lengthy lack of clarity and thus the remaining time span have proven to be too short to be able to get the entire product range done in time. It goes without saying that the market parties are all striving to eliminate this as quickly as possible in the coming period.
Hoefnagels Fire Safety is a participant in the BouwConnect Bibliotheek. This library has been created through years of intensive coordination with dozens of construction companies, architectural and engineering firms, and manufacturers of building products and their vision on necessary solutions for a smarter building process.