Legal and technical updates published for door hardware specialists

Door and window hardware specialists can reportedly now benefit from two new technical briefings from the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI).

‘The GAI Guide to Door Closing Devices’ is said to be designed to give architectural ironmongers, architectural technologists, designers and specifiers clear guidance on how to specify and supply door-closing devices for self-closing fire doors. It covers the role of a door-closer, CE marking, permitted power sizes and functions, fire testing and third-party certification.

Door-closing devices are an essential part of the ironmongery specification on any door. They are required for various applications including privacy and security, but above all to keep a door in its closed position fully into its frame in the event of fire.

The other new technical briefing, ‘GAI Guidance on Rebranding’, outlines the changes from the Group of Notified Bodies’ interim guidance document released in November 2017. The guidance marks a change in Construction Products Regulation policy regarding the use of notified body certificates by any manufacturer that rebrands another’s products. The Guild has created its technical briefing to outline these changes and to give clarity on definitions to members.

Both guides have been created by the GAI technical manager, Douglas Masterson, and add to the Guild’s 31 strong technical briefing collection.

Douglas said: “The Guild continues to produce and update its technical briefings as part of its commitment to providing high-quality technical advice to members. It is important that ironmongery professionals continue to keep up-to-date with the latest industry standards and best practice in order to pass on the best service and advice to their customers.”

In addition to these two new briefings, the GAI has also updated its existing briefing, ‘Spring Hinges’, which looks at the clarification on the usage of spring hinges on fire doors.