Specifiers can now access two new resources to improve their understanding of the legislation that applies to fire door hardware at different stages of a building’s life cycle.
The Specifier’s Guide to Ironmongery and Fire Safety has been published by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) to mark this year’s Fire Door Safety Week. The corresponding RIBA-approved CPD is now available for GAI members to deliver to architects, who will receive double learning points for attending.
Both the CPD and Specifier’s Guide look at the wider fire safety legislation and guidance that directly impacts the specification of architectural ironmongery including Approved Documents, British and international standards, the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), fire testing and third-party certification.
It also covers legislation and guidance that is relevant post-handover, in particular: the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, which applies to England and Wales; the Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations; Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order; and health and safety regulations.
Douglas Masterson, technical manager at the GAI, said: “Ironmongery plays a critical role in the performance of a fire door and its importance is often overlooked. We’ve created the CPD and Specifier’s guide to highlight the risks that should be considered during the specification and post-handover stages. People will see from the resources the legal, financial and ethical consequences of either ignoring the risks or failing to address them properly.”
The Specifier’s Guide can be downloaded from the GAI website: www.gai.org.uk/GAISpecGuides