Listing Fire Doors in a Door Schedule

Reference Number: KB-01051
Last Modified: December 30, 2015

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


My projects typically include one or more self-closing fire doors. How do I specify a door as a fire door? 


Fire doors are meant to protect both property and lives by slowing the spread of fire through a building. They are characterized by a number of special features, including:

  • Steel bearing hinges
  • An automatic closing mechanism
  • Fire resistant materials
  • A fire resistant frame

Some fire doors are also required to protect a building's occupants from heat and smoke so that they have adequate time to exit safely in the event of a fire and have:

  • Heat resistant materials and construction
  • Draft and smoke resistant gaskets or seals

By following a few steps, any door in Chief Architect can be specified as a fire door and listed as such in the Materials List and Door Schedules.

To create subcategories for door schedules and the materials list

  1. Open the plan file in which you need to create a fire door.

  2. Select Edit> Preferences from the menu and go to the Categories panel of the Preferences dialog.

    • For Mac select Chief Architect> Preferences from the menu.

  3. In the list of Categories, click on Doors, then click the Add button.

  4. In the Sub Category dialog:

    • Type a short name in the Sub field. This will be a new column in the Materials List. In this example, "FIRE" is used.

    • Type a Column Heading for Schedules. In this example, "Fire Rating" is used.

    • Click OK to close the dialog and create a new subcategory.

  5. Repeat Step 4 to create additional subcategories, as needed; Additional subcategories that might be useful include Conformity, Temperature Rise Rating, Closing Mechanism, and Location or Use.

  6. When you have created the required subcategories, click OK to close the Preferences dialog.

To create a fire door

  1. Place the desired door in the plan, either using one of the Door Tools or by placing a Door from the library.

  2. Click the Select Objects button, then click on the door to select it and click the Components edit button.

  3. In the Components dialog:

    • Click the Add button once for each new door subcategory; The new accessories will be added to the "Doors" category.

    • Click in the Sub Category field for the first accessory, then click the drop-down arrow and select one of the available door subcategories.

    • Click in the Description field and then type the information associated with the selected subcategory.

    • If you want to use this information in a Door Schedule but do not want it listed as a line item in the Materials List, click in the Use column to remove the check-mark from the field.

    • Repeat these three steps for each of the newly added accessories.

  4. When you are finished, click OK to close the dialog and apply your changes.

  5. With the door still selected, click the Open Object edit button. On the Label panel of the Door Specification dialog:

    • Click the button next to Specify Label.

    • Type the desired label in the text field.

    • You can click the Insert arrow and add the Width and Height Object-Specific Text Macros to your label.

    • Click OK to close the dialog and apply your custom label.

    • In this example;%width%%height% - Fire is entered in the specification dialog to produce a label that says 3680 - Fire in floor plan view and will automatically update if the door's size is modified.

  6. With the door still selected, click the Add to Library edit button to add the customized fire door to the User Catalog for future use.

To create a fire door schedule

  1. Select CAD> CAD Detail Management from the menu. In the CAD Detail Management dialog:

    • Click the New button.

    • Type a short, descriptive name for the CAD Detail window where Door Schedules will be saved and click OK.

      CAD Detail windows are an excellent place to organize detail drawings, schedules, legends, and other 2D information related to a project.

  2. With the new CAD Detail window active, select Tools> Schedules> Door Schedule from the menu, then click once to place a schedule at that location.

  3. Click the Select Objects button, then click on the schedule to select it and click the Open Object edit button. On the General panel of the Door Schedule Specification dialog:

    • Modify the selected door schedule's Title to describe its particular purpose.

    • Select the Available Columns to include and click the Add => button.

    • If there are any columns that you don't need in the schedule, uncheck the boxes beside those items.

    • Three new available columns in X8 are 3D Exterior Elevation, 3D Interior Elevation and 3D perspective view.

  4. Click OK to close the dialog and see the results.