The UK’s first product data templates (PDTs) for doorsets and window hardware will be launched this autumn.
The GAI has worked with the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) and the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) to help door and window manufacturers to create product data sheets in a simple and structured manner.
PDTs allow manufacturers to complete product data sheets so that detailed information about their products will be accessible to architects, contractors and facilities managers at all stages of a building’s life cycle.
BIM level 2 has been a requirement on any centrally-procured public sector projects since 2016 and Douglas Masterson, technical manager at the GAI, and chair of BIM Fenestration Relevant Authority, said the demand for readily available product data is only increasing. “Any manufacturers that want to have their products specified for use in these buildings must be BIM-ready. These will also prove useful for anyone in the construction sector looking for structured data as part of their ‘golden thread’ of information.”
These templates are in addition to the GAI’s existing 35 PDTs specifically for architectural ironmongery including closing, hanging, exit and locking devices as well as door furniture, seals, signage, door systems and ancillary hardware.
The Guild and its members have been at the forefront of supporting the integration of building products in BIM for a number of years.