A guide to door hardware and automation specification

The Door Efficiency Calculator (DEC), Specification Tool (ISPEC), and Building Information Modeling (BIM) Tool, such as the dormakaba Revit Plugin, empower professionals to integrate sustainability into the very fabric of their designs. (Image: Supplied)

In the realm of architecture and construction, the emphasis on sustainability has become more pronounced than ever. International governing bodies and rating agencies play a pivotal role in shaping industry standards, and conscientious professionals are turning their attention to sustainability considerations when specifying door hardware.

International governing bodies, such as EcoVadis and the Green Building Council, set the stage for sustainable construction practices. These bodies establish guidelines and certifications that encourage the use of environmentally friendly materials and energy-efficient designs. Simultaneously, rating agencies like LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) offer a comprehensive evaluation of a building’s sustainability. Architects and builders, therefore, find themselves navigating a complex landscape of regulations and certifications to meet the demands of a greener future.

Correct specification of door hardware, access control and automation solutions is paramount in achieving sustainability goals. dormakaba, recognising this imperative, places a strong emphasis on environmental considerations in its product specifications. The company’s commitment is evident in its Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), which transparently detail the carbon footprint of each product. This information empowers architects and builders to make informed decisions that align with their sustainability objectives.

Understanding the carbon footprint of products is essential in evaluating their environmental impact. dormakaba’s dedication to transparency extends to the disclosure of carbon footprints through EPDs, providing stakeholders with the necessary information to make environmentally conscious choices.

Equally important is the lifespan of the products and solutions that are specified. Warranties and service commitments not only reflect a manufacturer’s confidence in their products but also contribute to the longevity of the materials. A manufacturers commitment to sustainability should extend beyond the point of sale, with robust warranty and service offerings ensuring that their products endure, reducing the need for premature replacements.

To aid architects and builders in making sustainable choices, dormakaba provides a suite of supporting planning tools. The Door Efficiency Calculator (DEC), Specification Tool (ISPEC), and Building Information Modeling (BIM) Tool, such as the dormakaba Revit Plugin, empower professionals to integrate sustainability into the very fabric of their designs.

In conclusion, dormakaba South Africa stands as a beacon of support for those aiming to achieve sustainability targets in their projects. With a team of skilled architectural consultants, dormakaba is ready to assist professionals in navigating the complexities of sustainable door hardware specification. As the industry forges ahead into a more sustainable future, conscientious choices in door hardware will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in shaping the buildings of tomorrow.

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