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The Standard for Hardware Performance How specifiers can use BHMA standards to ensure safety and access by Michael Tierney All photos courtesy BHMA SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, AND GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS SHARE ESSENTIAL CHARACTERISTICS; THEY HOUSE SENSITIVE INFORMATION, ARE DESIGNED TO BE USED FOR LONG PERIODS, AND HAVE PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITIES. SPECIFIERS AND BUILDING MANAGERS MUST ENSURE SAFETY AND SECURITY NEEDS ARE MET BY SELECTING THE APPROPRIATE DOOR HARDWARE. The suite of Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) standards is a tool for architects, designers, specifiers, and engineers working on non-residential, public projects to help ensure buildings are accessed and used as intended. The industry group is composed of U.S. manufacturers in categories such as: • cabinet hardware and hinges; • sliding and folding doors; and • power doors and components. BHMA is the only U.S. organization creating standards for builders hardware through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ANSI/BHMA standards are written criteria defining appropriate operation, test values, and safety criteria for builders hardware products. In addition to ensuring hardware quality and performance through its development of standards, BHMA sponsors third-party certification of hardware products. 58 the construction specifier | march 2013 CS_Mar2013.indd 58 2/14/13 10:05:15 AM