American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently published a North
America standard for multipoint locking hardware for side-hinged door systems.
AAMA 909-13, Voluntary Specification for Cycle Performance and Testing of
Side-Hinged Exterior Door Multipoint Locking Hardware, establishes a
minimum performance requirement and test procedure to evaluate the durability
of multipoint locking door hardware.
“As the use of multipoint locking hardware increases, products tested to AAMA
909 will help manufacturers confidently incorporate compliant locks into their
door systems,” says Mark Fortun of Endura Products Inc., a member of AAMA’s
Door Hardware Task Group.
Prior to the publication of AAMA 909, the only existing North American
standards that were considered to be applicable dealt with single point locking
hardware, such as a typical latch and deadbolt, according to AAMA. “There was
never a standardized set of basic product requirements unique to multipoint
locking hardware despite their use for several years,” says Matt Taylor of HOPPE
North America Inc., who also serves on AAMA’s Door Hardware Task Group.