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The Journey to the New BHMA CPD

By Michael Tierney, Standards Director

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The transfer of over 13,000 certified product listings from self-prepared PDFs to a digital, searchable database has been completed. We now have a state-of-the-art BHMA Certified Products Directory (CPD) for manufacturers to list and for professionals to find certified builders hardware.

Committee Spotlight: Marketing Communications Committee

Monday, December 7, 2020

The Marketing Communications Committee supports BHMA’s mission by promoting our messaging and communicating key activities within the association and positioning BHMA as the industry leader.  We also educate and inform the industry and related channels about public safety and building security, to increase awareness of the BHMA standards and the Certified Products Directory (CPD), and to proactively share information about our work in code development.

Committee Spotlight: Codes, Government and Industry Affairs Committee

Monday, December 7, 2020

The Codes, Government and Industry Affairs (CGIA) Committee started as a codes task force convened after 9/11 to focus on deficiencies in code enforcement regarding exit doors. At the time, there was no mechanism to ensure that a door was still as code-compliant 1, 10 or 50 years after the day it received its Certificate of Occupancy. Annual inspections, or some other oversight protocol, such as something matching the fire extinguisher certification, was in order.

How BHMA Advanced into Working on Hardware Standards

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

BHMA® members comprise of over 80% of United States builders hardware manufacturers, thus producing a vast majority of the builders hardware used in commercial and institutional buildings. Currently, BHMA® has authored over 40 standards for builders hardware – including two in the residential sector. The association remains a leader for industry guidance and criteria with the sponsorship of ANSI/BHMA® certification programs to help assure the life safety and security for the industry and for homeowners. However, BHMA®’s standards initiatives began over a decade after its founding. BHMA® has an industrial history that shifted over time.  

How BHMA became the American National Standards Institute standards bearing association for hardware

Friday, May 15, 2020

The 1960s were a time of change for the building industry and for BHMA:  The organization changed its name from the Hardware Manufacturers’ Statistical Association (HMSA) to the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) and changed its mission from focusing on statistical reporting to developing standards for builders hardware. 

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