Operable Wall Working Group

The FIS Operable Wall working group was formed to represent, support and promote the Operable Wall industry.

What is the FIS Operable Wall Working Group

The Operable Wall Working Group was established by suppliers and contractors involved in the manufacture and installation of operable wall systems to address common issues, support members and to provide a collaborative platform to develop and provide readily accessible, consistent and relevant information to support the design, specification, installation and maintenance of Operable Wall Systems in the UK.

The Group aims to be the leading authority in the operable wall market, setting standards that are recognised and adopted by the operable wall industry for the benefit of all in the fit out and finishes sector.

Key objectives of the Operable Wall Working Group are to:

  • Develop technical standards as required
  • Promote best practice in the market
  • Educate and inform clients and specifiers about operable walls
  • Promote the products and skills of FIS members in this field
  • Shape the market so that the correct adherence to standards is recognised and adhered to by all to the benefit of clients
  • Provide UK operable wall market data
  • Extend FIS independent advisory service to include expertise in operable walls

What are the issues that the group is looking to address?

An example of a recent project delivered is the launch of the FIS Acoustic Verification Scheme for Operable Walls (the scheme was piloted by the Operable Wall Group and is now also open to members of the FIS Partitioning Working Group).  This scheme was developed in response to confusion raised by clients and concerns expressed within the industry related to the comparability of acoustic airborne sound insulation tests.  Through the FIS members agreed to develop and promote a framework for third-party verification of airborne sound insulation test results. 

Key challenges currently being addressed by the operable wall working group are:

  • Extending and promoting the Acoustic Verification Scheme
  • Developing a site guide in line with other guides from FIS
  • Creating a new specifiers guide
  • Developing a standardised structure for fire performance data.
  • Develop a permanent method of identifying operable walls.
  • Develop guidance on inspecting maintaining and servicing operable walls
  • Create a quality check list for site installation.
  • Develop a guide for the safe ingress of materials to site
  • Develop a competency framework defining roles and responsibilities of key operatives in the sector

Working Group Meetings

Meetings are open to all members of the FIS and invited guests (prior confirmation of attendance is essential).  

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting is being held in Spring 2022 Visit the FIS Events page for more details.

Notes from the previous meeting:

3 November 2021 – download the meeting notes here.

30 March 2021 – download the meeting notes here.

Key Resources developed through the FIS Operable Wall Working Group

The FIS Guide To Office Acoustics

FIS Acoustic Verification Scheme For Operable Walls & Partitions

Additional information is available through the Finishes and Interiors Sector Knowledge Hub here

To find out more about joining the FIS Operable Wall Group

If you are a member of the FIS already, simply contact the FIS on info@thefis.org or call 0121 707 0077 and ask to be added to the circulation list (or book to attend the next meeting and you will be automatically added).  If you want to find out more about joining the FIS – click here