Astra Closers Enable Homebond Compliance

House builders across Ireland are turning to Astra Door Controls CE Marked concealed door closers to help comply with Building Regulations for fire safety in apartment buildings and achieve HomeBond certification.

To receive a HomeBond certificate, which already covers 650,000 homes in Ireland, self contained flats in any type of building should have a minimum 30 minute fire door to the entrance of the flat. CE-marked Astra jamb-edge concealed closers provide house builders with a simple, safe and effective way of achieving the self-closing action required for the fire door to be approved by HomeBond inspectors.

Astra CE-Marked 3000 Series concealed closers, which are available across Ireland from Ecco hardware, are the obvious choice in domestic settings since they are not visible when the door is closed, avoiding the somewhat institutional and ungainly appearance of overhead closers. .  Unlike other concealed closers on the market, the Astra 3000 series is fully controlled and adjustable and powerful enough to handle domestic doors of any weight and width.

Astra believes that the 3000 Series are the easiest concealed closer to fit on the market. Manufactured in the UK in four different power sizes with adjustable closing speed and latching action for different size and weights of doors, they feature a unique hydraulic piston assembly designed in-house by Astra. This offers an adjustable, controlled rate of door closure together with a variable ‘snap action’ for overcoming the latch. The closers’ quality design and build makes it perfect for high traffic applications, both commercial and residential.

HomeBond was set up in 1978 to provide structural defects insurance to purchasers of new homes and it produced its first House Building Manual in 1993, currently on its 7th edition. It offers structural defects insurance for purchasers of new homes and advises, educates and trains builders, building professionals and other interested parties. As the building of new homes takes off again in Ireland, there has been an increased emphasis on quality and safety in new builds, with fire safety at the forefront of inspector’s minds. This is particularly pertinent as apartments become an increasingly popular option for city dwelling across the Republic.

Astra manufactures its range of door closers in the UK and distributes them worldwide. It designs and produces a portfolio of products specifically designed for the architectural market where aesthetics are important. Astra door closers are made under strict factory controls and registered with ISOQAR meeting the requirements of ISO9001:2015. Astra provides a full technical back up service including site surveys and on-site test products, and is a member of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers and the Door Hardware Federation.