Industry Updates

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers, the leading industry body, represents the architectural ironmongery industry through participation on a number of standards committees held by the construction industry and also provides responses to consultations on behalf of the industry.

This page provides some of these industry responses and updates:


The “How Business Owners Can Use Partitioning and Ironmongery to Help Manage Social Distancing” guide, jointly produced by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) and FIS, which represents the Finishes and Interior Sector, has been updated following changes to UK conformity marking.

Developed to help those involved in managing workplaces understand key considerations they need to make when adapting their spaces, it provides  guidance on using partitioning and ironmongery to manage social distancing in the workplace.

Originally published in November 2021, it has been updated to cover the changes to UK conformity marking post-Brexit. UKCA and UKNI marking have been introduced as CE marking will cease to be used in Great Britain from 1 January 2022.

Download the guide here

A blueprint to improve competence for those working on higher-risk buildings and drive culture change has been set out by a cross-industry group representing more than 150 organisations in the fire and built environment industries. The “Setting the Bar” report is the second and final report of the Competence Steering Group [CSG] and is an update of its Interim Report, Raising the Bar, published in August 2019. The work was initiated by the recommendations in Dame Judith Hackitt’s review Building a Safer Future.  

The report can be downloaded from here

GAI Technical Manager Douglas Masterson is a member of the Competence Steering Group who authored this report, and is also Deputy Chair of WG12, the working group with responsibility for competence in construction products within this. Both Douglas and Hanna Clarke of Construction Products Association  (secretariat of WG12) were recently interviewed by LMC on the work of WG12 within the context of the ongoing drive towards greater competence in the industry, as well as the important role construction products play within this.

The full interview can be seen here

What this means for the GAI can be seen here

This page also provides a home for wider industry-related documents which will be of use to members including:

For further details relating to any of these publications please contact GAI Technical Manager Douglas Masterson on [email protected]