Colt International is the first smoke control business to be certified to both IFCC SDI 19 and SDI 05, developed by the Smoke Control Association (SCA), as a competent installer of both smoke control systems and smoke and fire curtains.
The scheme is provided by IFC, an internationally recognised provider of independent third-party certification.
SDI 19 which is mandatory for all SCA members who install smoke control systems, aims to ensure an acceptable level of competency in areas such as fire strategy, scheme design, and installation. The scheme also defines the contractor’s ability to offer and provide appropriate levels of service and maintenance, to be proportionate to the type, size and use of the building.
SDI 05 demands the same levels of competency in regards to the installation, commissioning and servicing of active and fixed barriers for fire and smoke control.
Explaining the scheme’s importance, the SCA Chairman said, “This certification scheme will ensure quality and competency, affording the end user confidence that their safety critical system is fit for purpose. Certified contractors will have clearly demonstrated that their trained staff consistently adhere to industry best practice and fully appreciate the importance of correct installation, inspection and maintenance.”
Colt were able to show this level of consistency and commitment to best practice by demonstrating its expertise and experience in the smoke control industry, in accordance with all the relevant standards and industry guidance, such as Approved Document B, BS 9999 and EN 12101 part 6. Being certified to both smoke control systems and smoke and fire curtains means that Colt can truly offer a turnkey installation package.
David Fitzpatrick, Colt’s Business Development Director, said “As an industry leader, we believe that it’s important for Colt to lead the way in competency and compliance, which will help to raise standards for our customers, and for the smoke control industry in general”.