Doors: locks, hinges, handles

Introduction

Housing for Health survey data shows that doorknobs, latches, locks and hinges are performing poorly.

Poorly performing door furniture impacts on the ability of the householder to maintain personal safety and control over the living environment. Residents are unable to secure personal possessions; there is a general lack of privacy, control, ownership and a sense of wellbeing.

Identifying poor environments

Failed Furniture

Failure of door furniture

Designing for better health

Recommended Furniture

The aim of the project is to identify and encourage the provision of longer lasting and better quality door furniture.

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The problem

Housing for Health survey data shows that doorknobs, latches, locks and hinges are performing poorly. 

Poorly performing door furniture impacts on the ability of the householder to maintain personal safety and control over the living environment. Residents are unable to secure personal possessions; there is a general lack of privacy, control, ownership and a sense of wellbeing.

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The solution

Doors Ct 

The aim of the project is to identify and encourage the provision of longer lasting and better quality door furniture. This was accomplished by: 

  • Researching existing available door furniture solutions
  • Selecting the most suitable components and cost
  • Establishing a testing regime
  • Installing, assessing performance & analysing data
  • Specifying performance criteria for suitable products

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Trial projects

The projects aimed to refit existing doors with a range of durable products suitable for high usage; improving security, safety and privacy as well as reducing long term maintenance and replacement expenses.

Recommendations

1. Implement an ongoing product research approach and method to ensure reliable performance of hardware.  

2. Recommended products are:

MasterKeySafe,  $60
Big O Hardware 
3570 mortice locks $55
800 series mortice latch $55
70 series levers  $50
Lockwood door hardware
Steel Door Jamb, striker plate and hinges $90
Door frame seal
Hafele Catalogue n: 950.13.081
$10
Magnetic door stop / holder
Hafele. Catalogue number: 921.07.601
$30
Door guard
Hafele. Catalogue number: 911.59.062
$10
Continuous geared hinge
Hafele.Catalogue number: 921.07.601
$190
Makesafe Clearshield
Security Mesh door
$780

3. Locations of MasterKeySafe to be established in CONSULTATION with householders. External doors are a priority after bathroom and toilet doors and last should be bedroom doors.

4. Establish and develop ongoing relationships with manufacturers in order to improve on existing market offerings for this specific market segment.

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Where to next?

For information for architects, designers, students, communities, housing managers go to:

Healthabitat website 

Housing for Health: the guide

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Housing for Health the guide, makes the following recommendations about the impact of door furniture.

  • In households that combine many families, individuals may want to be able secure themselves and their possessions in bedrooms
  • Consider providing bedroom locks at the design stage to reduce the use of padlocks and bolts on doors as these may prevent escape from the house in the event of a fire. 
  • Fitting locks that can be opened from the inside to each bedroom door. 
  • A large household population can cause health hardware to fail prematurely simply because it is constantly in use.

For additional relevant information from the National Indigenous Housing Guide visit the following links:

A3.3 Escape in the event of fire

B5 Reducing the impacts of over-crowding

B6 Reducing the negative effects of animals, insects and vermin

B8 Controlling the temperature of the living environment

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Linking health and the house

Linking health and the house

Related Healthy Living Practices

Parts of the house and living environment impacted by this product

Parts of the house that are impacted