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provisions within this code” (708.14.1). One way of doing this involves employing delayed egress locks, but this application reduces security and requires signage that can be confusing when mounted on a door typically used for entrance to the tenant space. Some state and local codes have adopted requirements for elevator lobby doors which are more similar to the NFPA 101 requirements. Healthcare special egress locks The 2009 editions of IBC (1008.1.9.6) and NFPA 101 ( contain new requirements pertaining to the locking of egress doors in certain units within healthcare facilities, where the clinical needs of those receiving care require such locking. The new sections describe locks that unlock upon actuation of the fire alarm/sprinkler system or power failure, that can also be unlocked remotely or by clinical staff at all times. Before installing these systems, the requirements of the Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) must be considered. 1 Adding access control to existing doors can be difficult. For this university pair from the early 1900s, an electrified lever handle was added to the existing panic hardware, one of the original 203-mm (8-in.) hinges was replaced with a matching through-wire hinge, and a card reader was mounted on a panel beside the door. each floor. The 2003 edition of IBC allows mechanical locks on the stair side of doors serving four stories or less, but this exception has been removed from the later editions. To meet the stairwell re-entry requirements, fail-safe locks are installed, which allow free egress to the stair at all times, and can be remotely controlled from the fire command center or the fire alarm system to permit access from the stair side. These fail-safe locks remain latched when they are unlocked, as required for fire doors. The 2009 NFPA 101 ( has slightly different requirements for stairwell re-entry from the 2009 IBC (1008.1.9.10 and 403.5.3), including an exception that allows stairs serving four stories or less to be mechanically locked on the stair side, and a set of conditions called “Selected Re-entry.” These would only be applied to buildings where NFPA 101 is the prevailing code, as the IBC does not include such provisions. Conclusion As this article illustrates, applications actually classified as “access-controlled egress doors” are limited. When considering Do more with corner beads Over 200 rigid vinyl shapes in 600 styles and lengths Elevator lobby doors When an elevator lobby does not have direct access to a stairwell, egress through the tenant space to an exit may be required. The 2009 NFPA 101 addresses this in a new section, “Elevator Lobby Exit Access Door Assemblies Locking” ( IBC does not have a separate section pertaining to the locks on elevator lobbies, but states, “elevator lobbies shall have at least one means of egress complying with Chapter 10 and other TRIM-TEX 2013 Catalog available now on the iPad New Tips & Diagrams Expanded Photo Gallery New Products for 2013 Framing Angle Deflection Bead Chamfer Bead Request a catalog today! 1-800-874-2333 march 2013 | the construction specifier 55 TrimTex_V4.indd 1 CS_Mar2013.indd 55 2/5/13 4:06:52 PM 2/14/13 10:04:58 AM