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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:

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

The UK Government has issued building safety advice for building owners on the measures they should take to ensure their buildings are safe. This advice included specific information on fire doors within this it states “It is important that all fire doors, including the compulsory closers, are routinely maintained by a suitably qualified professional”.

Therefore, to assist those involved in the routine maintenance of door closing devices, the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers has prepared a ten-point checklist, which:

a) Provides some appropriate recommendations on what to check on the door closing device itself.
b) Details how to assess other factors which could impinge on the closer’s ability to perform its correct operation.
c) Provides further recommendations on these matters.



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 technical@gai.org.uk