BHMA Updates Three Standards at Winter Meeting

Power Operated Pedestrian Doors, Release Devices and Door Gasketing Standards Receive Updates

New York, NY (February 2012) The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) announces the revision of three industry standards. ANSI/BHMA standards A156.10, A156.15 and A156.22 were all examined and revised this winter at BHMA’s Annual Meeting in Tampa, Fl.

BHMA members are continuing discussions on sustainability, a major topic at last year’s conference, with sessions this year focusing on the outcomes from the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) hearings, which take place May 16-22. The results of the IGCC meetings could have a significant impact for the builders hardware industry with additional sustainable and energy-efficient requirements needed to meet this new code.

Standard A.156.10 focuses on Power Operated Pedestrian Doors. Requirements in this Standard apply to power operated doors for pedestrian use which open automatically when approached by pedestrians and some small vehicular traffic or by a knowing act. Included were provisions to reduce the chance of user injury or entrapment.

With regard to standard and code development, members are preparing upcoming standards to integrate with the trends in technology. With new innovative design, door hardware is coupled with electronics that can increase security measures or give the user many more options than the conventional locking systems.

“These meetings are especially important for our member companies who are working hard to improve standards for the building and construction community, architects and specifiers,” said BHMA’s executive director, Ralph Vasami.

Other topics include a review of standards for exit alarms and locks, electric strikes, low power operators, finishes & materials, and new standards for ligature resistant hardware and multipoint locks.

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About BHMA

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association 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 — insuring that the product meets the ANSI/BHMA standard. For more information on BHMA, please write to BHMA, 355 Lexington Avenue, 15 Floor, New York, NY, 10017 or visit the Web site at