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Bryn Howitt
Bryn Howitt
on Hardware
Specification Manager

Bryn is the Specification Manager at Dormakaba. 

17 May 2017

Door Control for Aluminium Partitions in Heavy Use Areas

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Due to the depth of the glazing pocket in the profile, some standard 100mm partition suites do not accommodate a 60mm backset mortice lock, meaning more limited door furniture options.

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20 April 2017

Design of High Use Access Control Fire Rated Doors

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For access control doors, the NZBC and NZS 4520 stipulate that doors have to be free at all times. I recommend a 'good, better, best' approach to specifying safe, compliant hardware.

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16 December 2014

Flexible Spaces Without Impacting Acoustic Performance

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DORMA's office is a showcase of some of the fantastic operable wall systems not regularly associated with DORMA in New Zealand, as say automatic doors or architectural hardware.

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21 May 2013

Low Cost Tendering Versus True Cost

Architectural hardware is largely an 'invisible' product, meaning people don’t notice it unless it’s not working properly. And that’s when the pain starts.

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18 April 2013

Collaboration Cuts Costs

How much of the stress, pressure and cost at the back end can be reduced at the front end?

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25 March 2012

The Design Challenges of a Moveable Wall

At the best of times, moveable walls are a challenge to design and install. Customers invariably want cost efficiency, high acoustic ratings, ease of operation, robust functionality and a superior design aesthetic.

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30 September 2011

Architectural Hardware in Education Environments

It’s a well known fact (and no surprise), that the treatment of architectural hardware in an educational environment rates about half a percent below that of corrections facilities.

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28 July 2011

Rack & Pinion Door Closers with Slide Rail: Don't Do It!

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Using a rack and pinion door closer with a slide rail (RPSR) is like putting diesel into a petrol powered car — it just doesn’t work and if you try, it’ll often end in tears, frustration and a lot of remedial expense.

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03 August 2010

The Complication of Mag Locks, Door Closers and Pairs of Doors

As a 'Hardware Guy', a pet peeve of mine is the repetitive occurrence of mag locks appearing on doors and leaving no room for other necessary hardware items like door closers and/or door coordination on pairs of doors.

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10 July 2010

Hardware and Pivot Doors

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Our office receives on average 25-40 calls a week requesting information on what hardware to use for pivot doors.

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