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ADA Compliance

This section is a resource for information regarding compliance of builders hardware to accessibility laws and regulations. Questions surrounding this area generally focus on determining if doors, locks and door hardware comply with one or more of the following:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    The U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) includes performance and prescriptive requirements for building entrances, doors and gates.  The U.S. Access Board provides comprehensive information regarding ADA requirements for buildings, and provides guidance regarding entrances, doors and gates and provides a downloadable pdf of this guidance.
  • Building Code Requirements
    Most building codes regarding accessibility require compliance to ICC A117.1 “Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities”. The ICC A117.1 standard, and its informative commentary is available from the International Code Council (ICC).
  • Accessibility Requirements
    As with any compliance advice, the jurisdiction responsible for the applicable rules and regulations – city, county, state or U.S. government – may have adopted different requirements.

Below is a chart of BHMA Standards referenced in federal ADA requirements, in ICC A117.1 and in the International Building Code (IBC). For further clarification, please reference this Technical Bulletin on Power-Operated Doors.


Purchase Standard

BHMA Hardware Highlights

Summary of Standard

ANSI / BHMA A156.10

American National Standard for Power-Operated Pedestrian Doors

Techstreet: A156.10

A156.10 Hardware Highlight

ANSI / BHMA A156.19

American National Standard for Power Assist and Low-Energy Power-Operated Swinging Doors

Techstreet: A156.19

A156.19 Hardware Highlight


American National Standard for Low Energy Power-Operated Sliding and Folding Doors

Techstreet: A156.38

A156.38 Hardware Highlight



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