BHMA Publishes Two New ANSI/BHMA Standards and Updates Five in 2014; Anticipates Publication of Two Residential Hardware Standards in 2015


BHMA Publishes Two New ANSI/BHMA Standards and Updates Five in 2014; Anticipates Publication of Two Residential Hardware Standards in 2015

For Immediate Release
Manda de Zayas


NEW YORK, NY (January 15, 2015) – The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) had a busy 2014, drafting two new standards and revising five more, all of which have been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

“Hardware standards evolve with product innovations and emerging technologies. BHMA tracks trends in order to quickly respond to or predict an industry need,” said BHMA’s Executive Director, Ralph Vasami.

New ANSI/BHMA standards for builders hardware include:

  • ANSI/BHMA A156.37-2014 Multipoint Locks, which addresses mechanical locking systems with bolts, latches or other fastening devices at two or more locations of the door’s frame
  • ANSI/BHMA A156.38-2014 Low-Energy Power Operated Sliding and Folding Doors, which applies to door systems for pedestrian and some small vehicular use. Doors requiring higher speeds, forces, shorter time delays, and activating sensing devices are addressed in ANSI/BHMA A156.10

Existing standards that were updated and approved in 2014 include:

  • ANSI/BHMA A156.3-2014 Exit Devices
  • ANSI/BHMA A156.5-2014 Cylinders and Input Devices for Locks
  • ANSI/BHMA A156.11-2014 Cabinet Locks
  • ANSI/BHMA A156.30-2014 High Security Cylinders
  • ANSI/BHMA A156.115-2014 Hardware Penetration in Steel Doors and Steel Frames

BHMA’s first two residential standards have been drafted and approval is anticipated for the first half of 2015. The first will set performance requirements for residential locksets and latches used in single family homes and multifamily dwellings, including durability, security, and finish tests. Similarly, the second standard will outline the requirements for residential deadbolts and dead latches.

This year also marks the 90th anniversary of the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association. Committee members are currently making plans to acknowledge the momentous milestone.

Full scopes for ANSI/BHMA standards can be found on the BHMA website at For more information on ANSI/BHMA standards, please contact Tim Bennett at

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About BHMA

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) is an industry leader in building safety and security. BHMA is the only organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop and maintain performance standards for locks, closers, exit devices and other builders hardware. The widely known ANSI/BHMA A156 series of standards describes and establishes the features and criteria for specific types of hardware products. In addition, BHMA sponsors third-party certification of hardware products, which is a requirement for a product to bear the “BHMA Certified” mark — ensuring that the product meets the ANSI/BHMA standard. For more information on BHMA, please write to BHMA, 355 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY, 10017 or visit the Web site at