The process for specifying, supplying, installing and maintaining construction products including architectural ironmongery is being reviewed as part of Dame Judith Hackitt’s ‘Building a Safer Future’ programme.
Following the Grenfell Tower disaster and the subsequent Hackitt Review, an industry response group was set up in July 2017 to take responsibility for implementing the recommendations of that review.
Its work is now being continued by the Steering Group on Competences for Building a Safer Future, and by 12 sub-groups looking at specialist areas of construction practice and consisting of representatives from installers, fire, housing, construction and professional organisations from within the industry.
Douglas Masterson, technical manager of the GAI, is part of Working Group 12 which is focussing on construction products. Douglas will be using his expertise to make recommendations on the final frameworks for product specification.
Douglas Masterson said:
“Amongst the many products we will be reviewing as a Group, we will be promoting best practice methods of specifying architectural ironmongery to ensure that going forward, everyone in the construction supply chain understands the important role door hardware plays in keeping building users safe.”
Led by the Construction Product Association (CPA), Working Group 12 is made up of trade associations, manufacturers, and representatives from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).