Saturday, 17 December 2011

DHF Chairman's Message Winter 2011 Issue

It is extremely gratifying when hard work is rewarded with positive results and in that connection I was delighted to see that hits on our website from specifiers increased by more than 50 per cent. This dramatic increase in the number of visits to the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) website confirms it is increasingly becoming a “must-visit destination” for door and hardware specifiers, contractors, customers and end users.
In the latest three month period, the website registered 403,000 hits. This compares to 261,000 hits made to the site in the preceding three month period, a jump of more than 50 per cent. This huge increase in the number of visitors demonstrates that building professionals are increasingly turning to our website to access a wealth of industry news, resources and specialist advice. It’s become an invaluable resource for specialists and specifiers in sectors including industrial and commercial doors and shutters, garage doors, building hardware and architectural ironmongery. 
In particular, visitors are downloading copies of DHF codes of practice, best practice guides and technical specifications. The top ten downloads for the three month period showed that a total of 29,000 documents were downloaded by site visitors.
The three most popular DHF best practice guides and documents to be downloaded were on door maintenance, restraining roller shutter barrels and guidance on Building Regulations Part M compliance. More than 21,000 of these three documents were downloaded. The DHF’s large library of technical publications, specification guides, codes of practice and codes of conduct set out the standards of workmanship, quality assurance and business integrity of its members. 
These guides are easy to find as they are grouped under areas of interest such as security, fire, architectural ironmongery, garage doors & gates, metal & timber doorsets, maintenance and industrial doors.
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