Volume 39, Issue 2, February  2004

Codes&Regulations

BHMA Revamps Door Standards

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) has published the new standard ANSI/BHMA A156.27-2003 American National Standard for Power- and Manual-Operated Revolving Pedestrian Doors. In addition, the association has revised and updated ANSI/BHMA A256.19-2002 American National Standard for Power Assist and Low Energy Power-Operated Doors.

BHMA says the new standard is the first to concentrate entirely on requirements for revolving doors. The 22-page document includes numerous definitions and 11 illustrations. Topics covered include maximum allowable RPMs, clearances, starting forces, emergency stop switches and activation devices.

The updated low-energy door standard, ANSI/BHMA A156.19-2002, is a revision of A156.19, which applies to power-assist doors, low-energy, power-operated doors or low-energy power open doors for pedestrian use and some small vehicular use. The standard includes provisions intended to reduce the chance of user injury or entrapment and addresses many requirements not provided for in ANSI/BHMA A156.10 for Power-Operated Pedestrian Doors.

Info www.buildershardware.com or call 212/297-2122.

AAMA Adds Regional Membership Categories
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has announced two new regional membership categories have been developed to expand its representation to companies that market to a particular region.

“The new categories should attract fenestration products manufacturers in the Southeast and Western areas of the United States, which are driven by different building, energy and product liability concerns,” said Rich Walker, executive vice president. “AAMA representation gives these members a vehicle to improve communications with each other, to stay abreast of regional industry issues and to tailor regional technical and marketing goals.”

Regional members will have voting privileges in regional board elections, can serve on the regional board and cast votes for regional AAMA standards.

For 2004 the three AAMA membership categories will be national, national/regional and regional.

Info www.aamanet.org or call 847/303-5859. 


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