GAI publishes new specifier’s guide on intumescent protection

The GAI has published a new Specifier’s Guide entitled Ironmongery and Intumescent Protection.

The guide is designed to help architects, designers and other specifiers increase their understanding of fire doors, appropriate hardware, and the impact of intumescent protection on both. It details the main types of intumescent protection and the differing ways they react, as well as identifying the relevant standards and regulations. It also explores the importance of fire doors, correct fire door hardware, and fire testing. 

To support further engagement on this subject with the specification community, a corresponding RIBA approved CPD presentation is available for GAI members to deliver to architects.

This new publication complements the existing range of fully updated Specifier Guide publications, all of which are based on GAI RIBA approved CPDs, covering the following topics:

  • Ironmongery and fire safety
  • UKCA Marking, CE marking and the CPR
  • Ironmongery in a post pandemic world
  • Ironmongery and the impact of the environment
  • Ironmongery and the impact of the
    internet of things
  • Ironmongery for specialist applications
  • Ironmongery for fire and escape doors
  • Ironmongery and accessibility
  • Access Control

GAI technical manager Douglas Masterson said: “Ironmongery plays a critical role in the performance of a fire door and its importance is often overlooked. These Specifier’s Guides, and the equivalent RIBA approved CPD presentations, are designed to highlight the risks that should be considered when specifying ironmongery. People will see from the resources the legal, financial and ethical consequences of either ignoring the risks or failing to address them properly.”

The GAI range of free technical publications for specifiers, architects and designers can be found at

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