BHMA Revises Three Standards for the First Quarter of 2013

Existing standards for hinges, interconnected locks, and sliding and folding hardware updated


NEW YORK, NY (March 21, 2013) - The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) today announced three new revisions to the ANSI/BHMA Standards. The industry standards, approved by ANSI (American National Standards Institute), are:

  • A156.1 Butts and Hinges
  • A156.12 Interconnected Locks and Latches
  • A156.14 Sliding and Folding Hardware

“BHMA rolled out three revised publications in the last quarter of 2012 as the standards completed their revision cycle,” said BHMA Executive Director, Ralph Vasami. “Publishing a revised standard for the industry translates into enhancements to each product’s engineering and design. Raising the bar for hardware performance and product life can directly impact the safety and security of the facility – especially the people that occupy it.”

ANSI/BHMA Standard A156.1 adds requirements for light weight hinges and clarifies the definition of barrel hinges, as well as providing an evaluation of adjustable hinges.                                                                                                                                                                                                  

ANSI/BHMA Standard A156.12 eliminates Cass testing, updates UV test criteria, and provides a new test for the operation of a deadbolt by cylinder.

ANSI/BHMA Standard A156.14 adds force gages to the list of equipment and sets additional requirements for heavier folding doors used on residential patios and light commercial applications.

For more information, or to purchase copies of these or other ANSI/BHMA standards, visit BHMA’S bookstore at Standards can also be ordered by calling 800-699-9277. Purchased standards are available as printed documents or electronic files (PDF) for immediate download.

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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