Escape and rescue routes – on the safe side with GU group

Peoples' lives depend on the quality of escape and rescue route systems. GU group takes this responsibility seriously: by delivering comprehensive escape door system solutions which go far beyond just satisfying the relevant standards. This gives architects and planners certainty and peace of mind – from the design stage through to the finished building.

Systematic escape route security

Maximum security of these systems can only be ensured if all components have been harmonised individually with the building situations and work perfectly together. This is why the GU group offers one-stop comprehensive solutions: from one-off components through to complex complete systems.

Escape door locks – Panic functions of the panic locks from the GU Group
The videos show you the differences, but also the handling of the individual panic functions.
In addition, you will learn which panic function is applicable for which building situation by means of concrete application examples.

Large-capacity revolving door approved as an escape door

Impressive prelude for a public building: the GGR and GRA-F large-capacity revolving doors combine elegant optics with maximum escape route widths: without requiring any separate escape door.

HM-F FT escape route sliding door

The first sliding door also to be approved as an escape door in the locked condition: in nighttime mode the HM-F FT escape route sliding door becomes a swing door with escape door security.

Electrically-locking Touch Bar EVT

For all modern panic doors: the electrically-locking Touch Bar EVT is an innovative locking system characterised by a reduction in the number of individual components and intuitive operation. The locking element is integrated into the Touch Bar so it cannot be operated in the secure condition.

EVP electrically-locking panic lock

Specially for 1-leaf emergency exit and panic doors: the EVP electrically-locking panic lock is a compact solution which combines a self-locking panic lock with electric escape door locking.

Emergency exit device to EN 179

Specially for areas not accessible to the public: the tested and approved unit comprising panic lock and door hardware effortlessly satisfied the standard requirements of EN 179.

Barrier-free fire and smoke protection doors

Important aspect of preventative fire safety concept: natural smoke and heat exhaust ventilation systems conduct combustion gases, dangerous oxides and thermal energy into the open air. Fire and smoke protection doors prevent the spread of smoke and fire. As certified smoke and heat exhaust ventilation system solutions they can be adapted precisely to the individual building situation thus ensuring that the escape and rescue routes remain smoke-free.

Tested and certified system solutions for smoke and heat exhaust ventilation

Secure escape doors are only one aspect of efficient escape and rescue route systems. Efficient smoke and heat exhaust ventilation systems are equally important – as fire and the associated build up of heat and smoke represents the greatest danger to persons and buildings. GU group offers complete SHEV systems as a one-stop service thus simplifying the planning and implementation according to the standards an integral part of the preventative fire protection concept for smoke-free escape and rescue routes.

Monitor and control escape and rescue routes

Control and monitor escape doors centrally: depending on the requirements of the building the system can be used to manage doors centrally or is seamlessly integrated into the overall building management.

Building legislation requirements

In Germany, fundamental building legislation requirements are described in the Model Building Code (MBO). The requirements of building legislation are specified in the state Building Codes (LBO) and supplementary special building regulations, e.g. for kindergartens, working and business premises, administrative buildings and meeting places.

The most important requirements focus on the following questions:

  • How must it be possible to open doors in rescue routes?
  • In which direction must doors open in rescue routes?
  • How wide and how high must doors in rescue routes be?

Standards and directives for escape and rescue routes

  • Windows and outside doors without smoke and fire protection requirements regulated by EN 14 351-1
  • Doors in rescue routes EN 179/EN 1125
  • German directive governing electrical locking systems on doors in escape routes (EltVTR)
  • German directive governing automatic sliding doors in rescue routes AutSchR
  • Function of revolving doors in escape routes DIN 18650

Supplementary standards and directives

  • Preventative fire protection: smoke exhaust to DIN 18232-2
  • DIN 18040 barrier-free construction
  • EN 1627 sets out the provisions for burglar inhibition of doors and assigns these to 6 burglar resistance classes