Brio, the leading sliding and folding door architectural ironmongery designer and provider, is hitting the CPD trail with a module designed to familiarise architects and specifiers with the different types of sliding/folding interior and exterior door systems.

Brio has signed up with the RIBA CPD Providers Network to offer specifiers the opportunity to view and understand the different applications of each door system, and where they can be used.

The course, presented by Brio’s expert tutors, also clearly explains terminology; for example, the different applications of bi-fold, bi-passing, bi-parting, multi-directional, single folding and single run doors to name just a few.

The CPD module also sets out the three basic rules for choosing the right sliding door hardware for any job as well as getting to grips with BS EN 1527 for sliding and folding door hardware. Those three basic rules are that top hung sliding door hardware is specified whenever possible, in preference to bottom roller; door weight should be carried by two hangers only; and, sliding door hardware suitable for the door weight should be specified as system capacity is based on a single door, not the sum of the doors.

The CPD also has useful guidance, for example, on what should happen after deciding on the type of system required, informing course delegates what the next steps are to select the fixing requirement – soffit, face fix or other – then indicate the size of the opening, number of panels required and the panel configuration. Whether timber, aluminium or composite, specifiers will need to know the weight per panel and whether the opening is in or out.

Delegates will also hear why it is important to specify ‘regional’ hardware – is it to be used in a coastal or non-coastal area? Architectural ironmongery that can stand up to salt erosion that is robust enough to handle the constant buffeting of strong winds over its lifetime is essential for coastal areas.

The Brio CPD is a worthwhile and interesting module that will leave delegates more confident about specifying the right architectural ironmongery for the job and with a good understanding of the products on the market that can help them turn their design vision into practical reality.

Information on construction health and safety/CDM, sustainability and environmental issues is also covered in the CPD seminars.

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