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New CPDs to address current specification issues faced in the commercial sector

Security professionals can now access a range of RIBA approved CPDs covering key issues that are impacting the hardware industry including specification post-COVID, fire door installation and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The CPDs have been created by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) for delivery online or in person to all professionals involved with door and window hardware, via GAI members across the country.

Ironmongery Specification in a Post-Pandemic World 

The newest CPD from the GAI, the ‘Ironmongery Specification in a Post-Pandemic World’ CPD outlines the different types of hardware that can be introduced into buildings to help minimise contact with surfaces without compromising safety or security.

The presentation gives details on specialist closing devices, door automation, access control and anti-microbial devices. It also covers ancillary products that may be used in specific areas such as washrooms, as well as things to be aware of when retrofitting hardware.

Installation of Fire Door Assemblies and Associated Ironmongery

Also released this year, this CPD is designed to improve awareness of how fire doors should be fitted to ensure they will perform in the event of a fire.

It covers all stages of the fire installation process including the door frame, door leaf, associated ironmongery, door stops, gaskets and architraves. It also focusses on compliance and best practice, giving further information on testing standards and regulations.

Ironmongery and the impact of the IoT

The CPD on ‘Ironmongery and the impact of the IoT advises on the appropriate products for smart homes and smart buildings.

The training covers how the rise of interrelated technology is impacting the ironmongery industry, including various smart locking and access control products. It also looks at the integration of these smart products with building management systems and how future trends in technology and legislation may have further impact.

Ironmongery and Security

The Ironmongery and Security CPD looks at both mechanical and electrical locking devices as well as security standards for doorsets and windows. It also covers PAS 24, Approved Document Q, relevant British and European Standards, and industry certification schemes.

This CPD has been written in conjunction with the GAI’s Specifier’s Guide to Ironmongery and Security. The guide, which can be downloaded free of charge from the GAI website, gives a comprehensive breakdown of the main types of mortice locks and where they can be used. It also includes the different shapes of cylinders and how they work within a master key system, and electronic locks that can be used as part of an access control system. Both the guide and the CPD seminar have been endorsed by Secured by Design, the official UK Police security initiative.

Kenny McHugh, Secured by Design Senior Development Officer, said:
“The GAI Specifier’s Guide to Ironmongery and Security is an excellent document and will be an invaluable ‘go-to guide’ for Police Crime Prevention and Designing out Crime officers. These officers play a crucial role, working with architects, developers and contractors to ensure that appropriate guidance is given around how the correct specification of door and window ironmongery hardware can help in respect of security issues in a building”.

For further information on the CPD seminars, contact the GAI’s technical manager, Douglas Masterson on