Door Hardware Specification Service

Writing the right way

AmorePacific Headquarters

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Spec writing is the logical, contemporary further development of our cooperation with architects and planners on an equal footing, and our view of an integrated, comprehensive understanding of architecture. With the complimentary FSB Spec Writing Service, we supply product consultancy and door planning to provide professional support to architects, designers and planners under the aspect of international building regulations.

Door Hardware Specification Service

We all know FSB as a premium door Hardware manufacturer. FSB is able to offer complete specification services using FSB as well as other premium hardware brands for your premium projects at no cost to the project.

Design and Finish Con­tin­uum

Every build­ing has dif­fer­ent func­tional re­quire­ments to fulfil and these are also mir­rored in our door-plan­ning process. We un­der­take the complex process of en­sur­ing that the design and visible finish con­sis­tency you require is main­tained through­out so that your aes­thetic Vision will be achieved.

Full-Ser­vice Con­sul­tancy

FSB re­alises that re­quire­ments for spec­i­fi­ca­tions do vary by project type, by ar­chi­tect and by global lo­ca­tion. Be it simple hard­ware group­ings or some more de­tailed spec­i­fi­ca­tions with door sched­ules, product details and Revit/BIM in­ter­face, we are struc­tured to react to these dif­fer­ing re­quire­ments using a custom soft­ware program com­bined with an in­ter­ac­tive web­based com­mu­ni­ca­tion tool.


Central Contact Person

Timothy J. Perry
Phone +44 7340 666181

Murtuza Kaizer
Phone +971 4 294 85 33

Reinke Massolle
Phone +49 5272 608704

The easy Four-Step Process

1. Project Information
Architectural plans, door elevations, door schedules and details are forwarded to the FSB central contact person by email, via FTP site or as hard copy. Formats can be AutoCAD, DWG, Word, Excel and PDF.

2. Aesthetic Vision
Your design and aesthetic vision are very important to us and should be communicated to the FSB central contact person, and eventually by means of product/finish selections.

3. Software Tool
Our specification writer downloads your door schedules into our unique software tool, then he reviews your floorplans to understand the exit plans, electronic hardware requirements and your important aesthetic requirements. Afterwards he professionally produces the hardware sets and preambles for your project.

4. Formulating the Hardware Groupings
FSB will systematically review all of the door and window openings and apply the correct combination of products that form the hardware groupings. These groupings are designed to satisfy the requirements of function and building/ fire norms so as to deliver the perfect solution for your building‘s door hardware needs.

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Meet the Team

Timothy Perry
Architectural Hardware Consultant

Murtuza Kaizer
GAI Diploma Holder

Reinke Massolle
GAI Diploma Holder

  • Knowledge in the Architectural Hardware trade for the past 23 years and specialized in writing “door by door” Architectural Hardware/Ironmongery specifications to include the British NBS P21 and North American CSI 87100 formats for the international design community with primary focus on hospitality projects
  • Holds the Architectural Hardware Consultant credential of the Door Hardware Institute in the USA & also is certificated by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers in London as a Registered Architectural Ironmonger
  • Completed the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) Diploma of London, England, 2004
  • Registered Architectural Ironmonger and Membership of Institute of Architectural Ironmongers, since 2004
  • Completed the Architectural Hardware Consultant (AHC) education programme of Door & Hardware Institute, Chantilly, United States of America, 2017
  • Member of Construction Specification Institute (CSI), Alexandria, United States of America. Membership No. 1806742
  • Affiliated Member of Royal Institute of British Architects, London, England

FSB Project Services worldwide

FSB RIBA-approved CPDs

FSB now has two new RIBA-approved CPDs, the first is Specifying High Performance Door Furniture Designs and the second is Specifying High Performance Door Furniture and Finishes. FSB CPDs provide an overview of how a German company manufactures ironmongery, help architects and designer gain a better understanding of what materials are available for door furniture and how the design industry meets EU standards. With this information, architects and designers can confidently specify materials to suit a given building environment.

Specifying High Performance Door Furniture Designs

  • How the design industry manufactures ironmongery in accordance with EU standards, the difference between standard and high-performing products
  • Understanding the manufacturing processes for Aluminium and Stainless Steel
  • Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each material
  • Evaluating troubleshooting approaches with the aid of case studies

Specifying High Performance Door Furniture and Finishes

  • What materials are available for door furniture, i. e. Aluminium, Stainless Steel, Brass and Bronze
  • How to analyse and compare the differences between each of these materials
  • Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each finish
  • Evaluating case studies to determine the selection of materials and finishes for different settings and environments

Different door types

Framed doors

A framed door consists of extruded Aluminium profiles joined together forming horizontal stiles and vertical rails that contain a full tempered glass panel. Framed doors are heavy in weight by nature and require proper consideration in the specifying of the hanging and closing devices to suit the application, function and aesthetic intention. A framed door set requires different hardware fittings from that of a timber or metal version due to the shape and size of the Aluminium profiles.

Due to the possibility of a reduced width of the vertical stiles special narrow backset locks and lever handles with oval roses are fitted to such doors.


Entrance doors to office buildings, entrances to office suites and a variety of other applications.
Door thicknesses range from 55–80 mm.

Frameless glass door

A frameless glass door is manufactured from a tempered glass panel that is hung using special glass door hinges that are surface-mounted.

Special consideration should be taken when specifying hardware that mounts on the glass panel. This includes locks and pulls for through-fixing or any hardware that requires a templated cut out in the glass panel. This hardware must be clearly specified prior to manufacture as there is no site preparation or modification possible for tempered glass panels.

Single office interior doors, single toilet/ shower doors and a variety of other applications.

Glass panel thicknesses generally range from 8–12 mm.

Fire and smoke resistant doors

Fire and smoke resistant doors are manufactured using both wood and metal surface panels and a fireproof core material designed to resist fire penetration. In timber doors the core material is usually a high density mineral core infilled with chipboard, plywood or MDF fillings.The door edge and veneers are normally in a hardwood with the face veneer selected by the architect. In metal fire doors the core material is generally of gypsum base but will vary by manufacturer. Fire doors are available in both single and pair configurations in a variety of sizes as tested by the door manufacturers. Handles with latches, panic device bars/locks with closing devices should always be used for fire doors.

Fire separations, stairwells, electrical rooms and a variety of other applications depending upon the fire strategy of the overall building.

Door thicknesses range from 45–65 mm depending on the fire rating.

Lever handles and locks

Lever handles and locks for frame doors

Not only does FSB offer a complete programme of fittings such as door handles, knobs and pulls for framed doors made of metal, plastic or wood, the company’s mounting technology has also been designed to suit the particular requirements of framed doors and fittings, and has been consistently improved over the years.

FSB’s heavy-duty framed door fittings generally have an oval or square rose and an integrated positive mechanism plus self-tightening sliding bearings. Attachment is invisible, and carried out using M5 countersunk screws, screw holes 50 mm apart. Standard versions are visibly fixed and come without a positive mechanism.

Fitting for glass doors

Glass has always had a multi-layered role in architecture as a design tool and shape-giving material. Glass doors take the interior architectural shape into account. They create more light, link rooms, and radiate a wonderful atmosphere. The transparency of glass doors requires a particularly high level of care when choosing the fittings.

Flush Fitting for flush doors

The architectural trend of reducing visible structures is continued in doors and windows. Precision installation is at the centre of the world of flush fittings, where the roses are literally sunk into the surface of the door. The very distinctive character shines a very positive light on a craftsman’s design skills, especially in projects where great weight is placed on interior design.

Door closer

Door closer

Door closers complement the FSB hardware programme and are of similarly aesthetic design and practical functionality. Furthermore they provide a wide range of convenient installation and adjustment possibilities with the support of supplementary mounting accessories.

Door stops

Door stops

Before placing an order or car­ry­ing out any in­stal­la­tion, please check the weight of the door leaf, the angle of impact, the height of the bottom edge of the door above the floor and the strength of the floor.

De­pend­ing on re­quire­ments, it is pos­si­ble to choose between simple stops, stops with an anti-twist ca­pa­bil­ity and stops with base­plates.

To facilitate the design theme across the entire project, FSB provides door stops that reflect the same design features as our popular levers.