Please be aware that we will be closed for the Easter holiday on Friday the 10th April 2020 (Good Friday) and Monday the 13th April 2020 (Easter Monday).
We will re-open for business at 8:30am on Tuesday 14th April, with a skeleton crew following safe working practices.
May we take this opportunity to wish you all a pleasant Easter break. Take care and stay safe.
Following the government’s latest COVID-19 announcement, and the updated information regarding the construction industry yesterday morning, with our primary consideration being the health and safety of our employees, yesterday we implemented the following:
Several staff spreading across all departments, apart from despatch, have been set up to work from home with immediate effect.
Several staff across all departments, including despatch, have been allowed to go home and self-isolate with immediate effect.
Therefore, we do, at this moment in time, remain open for business as usual but obviously with reduced staff levels. However, it goes without saying that this is a rapidly changing situation, which we are constantly monitoring, so please be assured that we will keep you up to date with any future developments as and when they happen.
If you have any questions at all, please do feel free to call us.
Thank you, and stay safe.
This is to advise that we are open as usual for business. Normal hours, with full staffing. Please be assured that we are continually monitoring the situation and accessing official sources for the latest information.
You will all agree that these are unprecedented times that we find ourselves in. We have plans in place to keep operating in some capacity for as long as possible, until when / if it is taken out of our hands.
The safety of our staff and their families is our utmost concern, so we therefore ask that third parties refrain from visiting our premises. If you need to get in touch, please do this by phone, or a video meeting via Skype or Teams could be arranged.
If you have any questions at all, please do feel free to call us.
We will be closing for the Christmas holiday period at 5pm on Monday 23rd December and will re-open for business at 8:30am on Thursday 2nd January.
We shall be stock taking on Friday 20th December and Monday 23rd December. We will not be despatching or receiving goods during this period.
Any website orders after midday on Thursday 19th December will be dispatched on Thursday 2nd January.
Our contact form will still be available throughout the shutdown. All enquiries will be responded to when we re-open.
From everyone at Zero, we wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Further to our previous announcement dated the 11th June concerning our FBLS fire block louvre system, we are pleased to advise that following a successful fire test, original assessment C129754 has now been re-issued (as issue 3) by Warringtonfire.
This means that with immediate effect all sizes, including the 4 sizes which were previously totally withdrawn from sale (254x1524mm, 305x1524mm, 457x914mm and 457x1524mm), can again be specified and used in previously tested steel doorsets for a duration of up to 240 minutes to BS 476: Part 22: 1987 (integrity only).
Therefore, our steel door BS476 evidence is now exactly as it was before, main criteria being; up to 240 minute duration, all sizes, and no below 1000mm fitting stipulation.
Furthermore, due to the size we tested, we have widened our scope and can now offer widths up to 813mm wide cut-out. Previously this was 610mm wide.
This is great news as I’m sure you’ll agree and emphasises our commitment to only offer product which you can rely on.
A copy of assessment report C129754 issue 3 is obviously available upon request for a full explanation of criteria.
Sorry for any inconvenience this temporary change in test evidence may have caused, but we hope you understand that it was totally out of our control, and we have addressed it as quickly as possible.
If you require any further clarification, please feel free to contact us.
We write to bring to your attention a very recent development with some of the test evidence relating to our FBLS fire block louvre system, for steel fire door applications.
The main evidence we use for our FBLS in steel fire doors is original assessment report C129754 to BS 476: Part 22: 1987. This report assesses all sizes of the system up to 457x1524mm (width x height) and for a duration of up to 240 minutes (integrity only). This report was up for review recently, and although it has been reviewed & revalidated on several occasions previously, unfortunately we have now been advised by Warringtonfire that they cannot produce a new revalidation and therefore we have to re-test.
We obviously asked for an explanation behind this decision and we were advised that assessments are conducted in line with the PFPF guidelines, this document is currently being updated/amended in light of recent events, with a general tightening up of the requirement when conducting assessments. The PFPF guide states that assessments shall be based on test reports, the assessment in question (C129754) does not actually use any test data, rather it is evaluation on expected performance. Therefore, in the current climate we must have some base test data on the louvre system to be able to assess the range of products currently included within C129754.
Unfortunately, until we re-test we are left in no position but to withdraw from sale with immediate effect any FBLS over a size of 610x610mm (area equivalent) and over a duration of 120 minutes, for steel fire door applications. This actually only withdraws 4 current stock sizes; 254x1524mm, 305x1524mm, 457x914mm and 457x1524mm (all width x height).
You may be wondering why we are not totally withdrawing the product from sale; this is because we do have assessment report number WF170066 to BS EN 1634-1: 2000, which is still validated and covers any size up to 610x610mm, and for a duration up to 120 minutes (integrity only), providing they are mounted below 1 metre from the threshold.
If you have actually carried out your own independent testing of our FBLS louvre system in your door, then this notice does not apply to you.
We are planning to carry out a test during the coming months with Warringtonfire to hopefully allow us to put the larger sizes back on sale. We will obviously keep you fully informed.
This is totally out of our control as we are sure you appreciate, but we are addressing it as our top priority. If you require any further clarification, please feel free to contact us.
Sales director Mark Lockley comments, “We have always looked to support local charities when making our annual charitable donations, and for the last few years one of those has been Katharine House Hospice. Katharine House Hospice is such a special charity, as i’m sure you can imagine, and they have to rely on donations for a staggering 75% of their funding”.
“We recently decided that we want to give more to charity as a business , so for 2019 we have chosen to become a member of the Katharine House Hospice ‘Business Buddies’ scheme. This means that throughout the year we will be undertaking various fund-raising tasks to enable us to make regular donations. We have already seen staff donations in lieu of Christmas cards, and an Easter egg raffle to get us well on our way to our target!”
We will be posting regular fundraising updates on our social media channels. So keep a look out.
We are hugely proud and excited to announce that we are starting an Apprenticeship Programme with Total People, and the following opportunity is our first vacancy; a Junior Content Producer within our Digital Marketing department. Come and join team Zero!
We really do feel apprenticeships will drive the future of the country, and it’s great to give young people an accessible chance to start in work and build a career.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any inquiries regarding the position!
Unfortunately, due to a decrease in demand, rising costs and short shelf life we are withdrawing from our range the intumescent sealant cartridges shown on page 72 of our latest no. 21 catalogue.
There is no set date for this as it will be as and when we run out of stock of each one, so please contact us if you have any immediate requirement as we do still have some stock.
We do hope this does not cause any inconvenience, and we haven’t made this decision lightly, but have just found ourselves in a position where this is the only commercially viable option.
Due to the recent increase in demand we have all seen for black architectural ironmongery, we’re excited to announce the launch of two new finishes to our range of Slimport circular vision frames; ZERO black and LITE black.
ZEROblack is a flat, matt style, finish giving a pure stunning black at all angles. LITEblack is a textured finish which enables light to catch the texture giving a multitude of black tones.
Why just have black lever handles when you can now compliment these with a contemporary black vision frame…