The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) has published the latest revisions to American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/BHMA A156.5, Cylinders and Input Devices for Locks, and ANSI/BHMA A156.30, High Security Cylinders Product. Both of these revisions are approved by ANSI.
Architects often use the phrase ‘20-minute smoke door,’ and it is common to see a door schedule calling for these products. To properly specify doors, frames, and hardware for fire door and smoke door assemblies, it is critical the proper terminology is used and the correct code requirements are referenced.
Life safety is perhaps the most important consideration in building design, and emergency egress systems play a critical role. In particular, panic devices allow occupants to quickly and safely exit a building during emergency scenarios.
A building’s framing system performs the essential task of providing strength and stability to the structure, offering a path to transfer loads from gravity, uplift, and seismic forces to the foundation.