Door hardware specifications can be confusing and tedious. Just the thought of having to recall door hardware terminology, code requirements, and best practices is overwhelming. Then, transferring that knowledge to work when designing commercial or institutional facilities with hundreds to thousands of openings, each including five to 10 pieces of hardware, seems like a monumental task. This reference guide explaining common terminology and hardware will help make the process a little less daunting.
As specifiers know, over the last 30 years, the need for improved occupant well-being has given rise to a vast evolution in the world of building design. Dark, dreary, and hard-to-access interiors are bygones of a different era. Transparent, collaborative, and open spaces are now the standard.
Today’s educational campuses do more than provide weather-tight enclosures for instruction and study. They must be attractive to recruit students, faculty, and donors, and offer both generalized, multipurpose and specialized, purpose-built facilities.
New York City and several others have established construction standards mandating the use of bird-friendly glass to reduce avian fatalities resulting from accidental collisions with transparent building skins.A Clear and Present Solution for Birds
As a direct outgrowth of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) P-361, Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes: Guidance for Community and Residential Safe Rooms, and the International Code Council (ICC) 500, Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters, rolling doors are one step in the battle to protect critical infrastructure from extreme weather events.