GAI celebrates AI sector in new resource for specifiers and designers

The GAI has published a new Specifier’s Resource Book to raise the profile and understanding of architectural ironmongery and hardware among architects, designers, consultants and the wider construction industry.

The publication showcases award-winning architectural ironmongery projects and products from the GAI/RIBA AI Specification Awards 2022. 

It also provides a source of information and reference for specifiers and designers, with articles, best practice advice, and latest updates on competence, standards, and legislation.

Among the feature articles, RIBA past President Alan Jones discusses meeting the challenges of fire performance, life safety, acoustic separation, security and user requirements in today’s ‘more for less’ construction culture.

The guide discusses the importance and value of working with a Registered Architectural Ironmonger (RegAI) to achieve world-class project delivery, compliance, and outcomes. 

And there is information to help specifiers find fully qualified architectural ironmongery professionals, including a full RegAI and GAI member directory.

The guide has been published and distributed along with the summer edition of AIJ magazine, and is freely available to download at In total it is being distributed and promoted to more than 75,000 industry professionals, including architects, architectural technologists, architectural ironmongers, chartered builders and interior designers. 

GAI Technical Manager Douglas Masterson said: “The GAI Specifier’s Resource Book is not just a celebration of design excellence and best practice in our sector, but also a guide to some of the key issues and challenges we face with our design and specification partners. 

“The aim has been to produce and distribute a resource which helps architects, architectural technicians and technologists, interior designers, M&E consultants and others involved in the design and specification processes to better understand these issues, and underlines the importance and value of engaging with high-quality AI professionals and companies from the very earliest stages of their projects.

”The new GAI Specifier’s Resource Book 2022 is available as a free download at It is the latest in a series of GAI publications produced to support specifiers working with the AI sector, which includes free technical guides to the legislation, standards, and best practice involved in key areas of AI specification, from fire safety, fire and escape doors to accessibility, security and access control.