BHMA Publishes New Standard for Single Motion Egress; Updates Four Additional Standards

02/13/2018
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BHMA Publishes New Standard for Single Motion Egress; Updates Four Additional Standards

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association upholds mission to enhance public safety and the security of buildings through its standards program

 

NEW YORK (February 13, 2018) – The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) announces the publication of the latest revisions to its A156 Standards Series, as well as the publication of a brand new standard for Single Motion to Egress, which have been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

 

The new standard, A156.41 – Door Hardware Single Motion to Egress, describes the requirements for doors and door hardware to comply with building, fire and life safety codes for single operation egress. According to the standard, for a door to meet requirements for single operation egress, it cannot have more than one single operation release hardware device.

A156.41 is available to download, free of charge.

Click to download A156.41 Door Hardware Single Motion to Egress

 

Revisions to A156.20 – Strap and Tee Hinges, and Hasps; A153.23 – Electromagnetic Locks; A156.26 – Continuous Hinges; and A156.29 – Exit Locks, Exit Alarms, Alarms for Exit Devices have also been published. Changes in each edition include:

 

·        A156.20 – Strap and Tee Hinges, and Hasps

o   Addition of “bearing Grade 1” to 8.6;

o   Addition of definitions and drawings for pintle, key locking, double and flexible hasps.

 

·        A153.23 – Electromagnetic Locks

o   Addition of a new section for reporting power consumption;

o   Reduction of residual magnetism release to 0.5 seconds;

o   Application of Grading to holding force;

o   Amendment of 4.3.1 to include steel doors;

o   Revision of the dielectric test to be consistent with UL standards;

o   Improvement of type number examples.

 

·        A156.26 – Continuous Hinges

o   Updates to all mentions of ASTM 476 to reflect the latest edition;

o   Re-formatting of the product type illustrations to be consistent with other standards;

o   Revisions to the cycle test actuator description in order to match A156.1.

 

·        A156.29 – Exit Locks, Exit Alarms, Alarms For Exit Devices

o   Removal of “13 inches” from section 5.3.2 to avoid confusion;

o   Reference updates and several editorial changes.

 

The full scope for each ANSI/BHMA standard can be found on the BHMA website at http://buildershardware.com/bhma-standards. A one-page summary of each standard is also available at https://www.buildershardware.com/Hardware Highlights.

 

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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 website at www.buildershardware.com