Tag Archives: Egress

Understanding New Accessibility Requirements for Doors

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The 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design has several requirements that continue to surprise architects and specifiers. This article examines changes to door hardware operable force, use of low-energy automatic operators, protrusions into egress, and the need for proper maneuvering clearance.

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Questions About Fire Doors: Everything you always wanted to know (but were afraid to ask)

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Fire doors are an important part of a building’s passive fire protection system, and doors in a means of egress provide life safety by allowing people to exit quickly when necessary. Still, the requirements remain a mystery for many architects and specifiers. This article addresses some of the basic code requirements pertaining to fire doors, in hopes of making them a little less mysterious.

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