There are several types of fire doors commonly used in Australia, including Fire Core, E Core, Pyropanel, Howhua, FDC, and I-Radiant. However, the primary ones are Firecore, Pyropanel, and E Core doors. To meet Australian Standards AS1905.1 and be considered a fire door, certain requirements must be met:

  1. The door must be self-closing.
  2. The door must have a latching type lock.
  3. The door and frame (though not always) should have a fire tag on them.
  4. The lock must be a lever rather than a knob.
  5. The lock must be installed between 900mm and 1100mm from the ground.

One of the most common places where people encounter fire doors is in apartment buildings. However, having a fire door doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t install an electronic lock on it. The key is to ensure that the electronic lock is fire-rated. This means it has undergone testing, which is a lengthy and expensive process. Currently, the price to test a lock is around the $15,000 mark. So, while electronic locks can be installed on fire doors, it’s crucial to ensure they meet all necessary safety standards.

Here are the locks Electronic Locks Australia use and recommend for Fire Doors :

  • Dorma Kaba M5
  • Lockwood Cortex 3772
  • Lockwood Cortex 530
  • CEL 3 – 1 Leverset
  • Schlage Omnia Electronic Lock

If you’re considering installing a lock like this, there are a few important steps to take. First, you’ll need to obtain Body Corporate approval. Additionally, sometimes the fire door company responsible for checking and servicing the fire door will need to sign off on the lock installation. It’s essential to check with your Body Corporate regarding these requirements.

We always request a picture of your current lock to ensure we recommend the correct lock for installation. With fire-rated doors, it’s not as simple as picking up an electronic lock from the hardware store and installing it. If you proceed without proper consideration, you may find yourself needing to supply and install a new fire door, which can range in price from $1000 to $5000 depending on the current fire rating (ranging from 30 minutes to 4 hours).

So, please reach out to us first if you have any questions or concerns. We’re here to help and ensure that your installation is done safely and in compliance with regulations.