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Specifying Security with Access Control Hardware by Robert Hasty, CSI, CDT All photos courtesy DORMA FOR PROJECTS WHERE ARCHITECTURAL DOOR HARDWARE IS SUPPORTED WITH VARIOUS ELECTRONIC ACCESS CONTROL COMPONENTS, UNDERSTANDING THE ISSUES RELATED TO WRITING THE SPECIFICATIONS—GOVERNED BY VARIOUS CODE COMPLIANCES AND INDUSTRY STANDARDS—IS ESSENTIAL FOR ALL INSTALLATIONS INCORPORATING INTEGRATED SECURITY PLANS. Even the most fundamental architectural door hardware provisions, such as mechanical key cylinders and locks, can be affected by codes that influence product selection and installation. At that basic level, specifying hardware to meet applicable code coverage is apt to be fairly simple. Once designers and specifiers begin to include more sophisticated and secure electronic access control systems, however, the ante goes up. This approach moves the installation closer to full security integration—potentially incorporating such diverse elements as access recording, remote access control and alarming, video monitoring, and card or proximity reading. This is in addition to numerous higher-tech architectural hardware elements that may be incorporated, including magnetic locks and tamperproof or hidden hardware elements. At these higher degrees of complexity, the specifier’s job becomes correspondingly more complicated. In particular, specification writers can benefit from familiarity with code materials governing three categories of the architectural door hardware/integrated security interface: • access-controlled egress doors; • electrically controlled egress doors; and • delayed egress doors. 62 the construction specifier | july 2013 CS_July2013.indd 62 6/14/13 8:30:52 AM