FE/BR is an abbreviated version of the term Forced Entry and Ballistic Resistant or Forced Entry and Bullet Resistant. It is used to describe the qualities of a number of building products including doors. These FeBr doors are tested by the U.S. Department of State and then classified by standardized ratings that describe how they withstand various levels of force exerted upon them by people and breaching tools as well as how capable they are at protecting against firearms.
FEBR doors are designed to protect against two categories of threat – people, machines, or tools attempting to forcibly open the door and projectiles fired from weapons with the goal to penetrate the door. Non-FEBR products may protect against one of these threats but not both.
FEBR doors are typically made of metal but may incorporate other materials as well, including wood, aluminum and composites like fiberglass. The gauge of the material, the thickness of the door, and the qualities of the hardware all determine the length of time an entry can withstand a given threat.
FE/BR doors use heavier gauge metal and more robust hardware because they must resist greater force that can be exerted by humans with simple tools. Additionally, they must also undergo ballistic resistant testing to withstand the force of a bullet without penetration. This two-fold protection makes FEBR doors more appropriate for use in government, military, and other buildings at greater risk of becoming targets of hostile attack. The additional materials required for such protection make FEBR doors more expensive and sometimes less aesthetically pleasing than alternatives more suitable for retail and office building applications.
FEBR doors are rated by the U.S. Department of State (US DOS), ASTM (formerly American Society for Testing and Materials), and UL (formerly Underwriters Laboratories). Within the US DOS standard SD-STD-01.01 Rev G (amended), doors are confirmed to have withstood assault by a specific weapon for a particular duration of time. ASTM and UL also have levels of protection determined by how long a door can withstand force from specific weapons and quantifiable force for a length of time.
No. Attack resistant doors are tested differently, focusing less on stopping a bullet and more on being able to continue to operate properly and secure the doorway AFTER being shot multiple times (up to 60 rounds). Simply put: does the door still work and remain locked to prevent entry by an intruder.
FE/BR doors are tested to determine not only how long they can withstand a 6-man attack using breaching tools, but also undergo the same tests used for ballistic doors – namely, how effective they are at resisting penetration by a firearm discharge. Simply put: does the door prevent a bullet from penetrating and how long will it hold off attack using various breaching tools such as crowbars, wedges, saw and sledgehammers to name only a few. Given these testing requirements, one can readily see that FEBR doors are far more protective than the attack resistant product.
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