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    Door hardware for fire prevention and life safety is a must in every building; it is a function that cannot be compromised. Yet, considering fire and life safety codes can be a point of contention in the design process, particularly when it is done incorrectly. Mistakes can mean more money and time—neither of which building owners like to deal with. As you navigate a wide array of hazard-related codes and regulations, consider these common pitfalls that can impact design.

    Anyone who has ever written a specification for door hardware knows it can be a tedious task. There are three parts that should be included in every specification. Learn more.

    We have all seen binding hinges or gasketing that prevent doors from operating properly—and mistakes like these become immediate punch list items. Other problems, such as gaps, cause performance deficiencies that defeat the purpose of specialized doors and can invalidate required door and assembly labels. By understanding those challenges upfront, architects can minimize, correct or avoid installation and performance problems by application of appropriate gasketing and door hardware. Learn more.

    Door control is crucial in securely latching a door, but also meeting ADA requirements and preventing damage and injury caused by user or environmental abuse. It's important to have a basic understanding of door control in order to specify the right type of product. Learn more.

    Find out the six most common electrified options for panic hardware and why they are chosen and where they are regularly used.

    Access control systems have become commonplace in every type of commercial facility, from healthcare to health spas. They are renowned for being convenient, easy to maintain, increasingly affordable and highly effective at restricting unauthorized access. However, it’s important to be aware of some of the ways in which these systems can also impair the authorized access of the elderly and people with disabilities.

    Safety has always been a concern for school officials, but in December 2012, it was made all the more prevalent when an active shooter entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 26 innocent people, 20 who were children under age 8. Incidents like this one are motivating communities across the nation to take action and implement measures that can ensure classrooms stay safe.

    With an increasing understanding of the economic benefits of sustainable design and construction, the market for sustainable design and construction is strong and is only showing signs that it will continue to grow. Learn about the latest initiatives and what Allegion is doing to meet them.

    Door control is not just to close the door, but also to provide enhanced security by properly latching a door that can be adjusted to meet ADA accessibility requirements. The proper door closer will control a door in both the opening and closing cycles to prevent damage and injury caused by abuse, wind or other factors. Learn more about choosing the right closer and LCN model to fit your needs.

    We recently sat down with Marceli Botticelli, an architect with Payette, to get her perspective on the issues architects face when specifying door hardware—and what can be done to ease those frustrations.

    In its most recent review of product standards, BHMA made some major changes to exit device standards.

    Panic hardware, also known as an exit device, is designed to provide building occupants fast and easy egress in an emergency. Because of its durability and ease of use, panic hardware is commonly installed in places where it isn’t required by code. But despite its popularity, the question, “When is panic hardware required by code?” is one that many specifiers continually struggle with because there is no simple answer to this seemingly simple question.

    Specifying every component for an opening can be a complicated and confusing process—particularly since there’s not much consistency across the industry when it comes to door schedules. There is bottom-line value to standardization—and architects play a key role in helping bring about a common platform. 

    Is your information good enough? Will it lead you into the future? Those are the questions you need to ask as 3D and BIM software seeks to enhance and drive forward future architectural business practices. In the November 2014 issue of Doors and Hardware magazine, Allegion’s Bill Lawliss illustrates why keeping your “I” on BIM is critical to designing, bidding and constructing buildings in the future.

    Specifying every component for an opening can be complicated and confusing for architects. Specifications now include 48 divisions. How components are allocated among the divisions can vary among specification writers. The good news, though, is that you generally only use two divisions when it comes to securing an opening.

    As an architect, you know the type of material you choose can make a significant difference in quality, efficiency and overall look of a building. Likewise, the type of door hardware can greatly impact the level of security. Even worse, though, there are certain products or “solutions” that can put a building—and the people in it—at risk. This is particularly a concern in the education market as there is an increase in use of untested security and lockdown products.

    Typically, when there’s news of a lockdown, the media is reporting about schools. And while lockdown is certainly critical to school security, there are other buildings—such as hospitals and commercial office buildings—that should seriously consider adding lockdown capabilities.

    Hardware makes up only 1-2 percent of a building’s cost, yet it generally accounts for nearly 25 percent of items on the punch list—often due to low-quality hardware being specified and poor installation. Learn how you can help building owners think differently about the total cost of ownership when it comes to door hardware.

    Door hardware is increasingly complicated, as the demands of security have increased. Codes and regulations continue to change, making specifying door hardware more confusing and time-consuming. Better understanding the specification process can help you take the hard out of hardware. 

    Electromagnetic locks are the ideal choice in many applications. Download our basic overview sheet that outlines what they are, how they work and the applications for which they are best suited. 

    Most architects are familiar with the basic ADA standards, which have been in effect since 1991. They were revised in 1994 and remained largely unchanged until 2010. The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design took effect in 2012. Allegion asked Lori Greene, manager of codes and resources, to highlight some of the changes that occurred with the 2010 update and, more importantly, what those changes mean to the design of an opening. Learn more.

    Do you know the different between the ADA and the FHA? What is the UFAS all about? And how is IBC and ICC ANSI related? If you need a cheat sheet on all the accessibility-related acronyms, download our one-page help guide. Learn more.

    When it comes to windstorm solutions, it’s all code-driven. The door, lock and hardware you put on an opening are determined by hurricane or tornado codes. The challenge comes with knowing which codes apply. The type of building, application and performance test all are important considerations as well.

    With all of the available types and options, door closers can be difficult to specify. Lori Greene, IRST hardware consultant and codes expert, explains the basics of closers and what you need to consider to specify the right type.

    If you can identify with any of these 10 statements, then it's safe to say you could benefit from the expertise of a hardware consultant.

    Anyone who has ever written a specification for door hardware knows it can be a tedious task. T.J. Gottwalt, a specification manager with Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, shares some of the "must-includes" for each of the three parts of a door hardware specification.

    Panic hardware is designed to provide fast and easy egress to allow building occupants to exit safely in an emergency.  Code requirements often require it.  However, it may be specified because of durability of ease of use, even when it is not required by code.

    When you specify door hardware, you want to know that it will function properly and provide safe access and egress.  One way to determine how well door hardware is likely to operate is by comparing it to door hardware standards developed for the industry. 

    When a hardware consultant writes a specification, it's common practice to sit down and discuss the project with the architect, at least for the more complicated jobs.  The topic of lock functions seems to arise at almost all of those meetings - usually when someone in the room needs a refresher on how the basic functions work.  This document provides that refresher on basic lock functions.

    What's dogging have to do with door hardware?  Quite a lot.

    Do you sometimes feel like your specification consultant is speaking a different language? Download our Door Hardware 101 Guide to understand the types of credentials, the difference between fail safe and fail secure, and more! 

    Access control is being used in virtually every new commercial facility today. As a result, architects should consider access control as part of the design process—and plan for it early.

    When architects design a building, it is about more than just style or aesthetics. It is how those elements add to the user experience—how they are able to move about, function and even enjoy a building. And now, architects have another tool in their arsenal that is allowing them to take the building experience to a whole new level: Internet of Things (IoT).

    Biometrics are increasingly used to provide a higher level of security within corporations and institutions. Plus, in more physically-sensitive environments—manufacturing plants, warehouses, and labs—they provide convenience and ease not possible with other types of credentials. Learn about the different types of biometrics available and how they can help companies maintain a higher level of security and control.

    You’ve likely flinched at the sight of it. Beautiful, ornate doors on the opening of a commercial building… with a card reader mounted on a bollard post right beside it… or surface-mounted wiring for added electrical locking devices. These solutions add access control to the opening, but in a manner that completely detracts from the architectural design. Access control impacts design—and vice versa.

    900 MHz wireless and Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz) both offer advantages over traditional hardwired solutions. But how do you decide which one is the best option for your client?

    More architects are considering access control as part of their design process. But where do you begin? And when do you involve a hardware consultant?

    Electronic locks can be a cost-effective alternative to traditional EAC solutions, delivering many of the same benefits, including added security, convenience and efficiency. They allow your clients to reduce rekeying costs by issuing electronic credentials such as PIN codes, proximity or smart cards, which can be easily added or deleted. Learn more.

    Opening a door with anything other than a metal key was once unimaginable. Keys are still used in today’s applications, but more and more openings use an electronic “key.” Security solutions have advanced with technology, offering increased security, privacy, monitoring and convenience more than ever before. As options evolve, so does the meaning of a connected facility.

    Biometrics are the most advanced security solutions on the market today. Commonly used in commercial main entrances, industrial settings and high-security areas (labs, pharmacies, bank vaults), biometrics work by measuring one or more unique physiological human characteristics: the shape of a body, fingerprints, structure of the face, DNA, hand geometry, iris or vein patterns. Unlike other forms of security, biometrics can never be forgotten, lost or copied.

    Access control readers and credentials are the most common security solutions used in the commercial market today—and for good reason. The security, ease and access control they provide surpasses any mechanical lock solution.

    Keys get lost, cards stolen and PIN numbers compromised. But one credential that can't be replicated: your hand. Schlage's HandKey II leverages hand geometry technology to verify a person’s true identity.

    On a building project, the security consultant directly affects the door hardware decisions for every single opening in a facility—whether or not that's their intent. That's why the relationship between the architect and the security consultant should begin early in a project to ensure there's alignment between the overall security plan and the nuts and bolts—literally—of how each opening is specified.

    This article explains the technology behind card credentials, smart card technology, and reviews the various types of smart cards.

    Striking a balance between aesthetics and security can be challenging—particularly in mixed-use facilities with a variety of spaces and openings. Learn how the right door hardware helps maintain both design and security.

    We have nine proven ways to help schools achieve successful perimeter security and access control, resulting in a safer learning environment.

    Hospitals operate at a delicate intersection between patient comfort and the noisy, bustling realities of an institution. The right sealing provides just the healing that openings need. 

    Double egress pairs in a cross corridor is a fairly specialized application—and it’s also more common than you may think. Find out where they are used and why, as well as what products should be specified to comply with building code and accomplish your safety goals.

    Mantraps, or interlocks, are a common application in high-security environments, such as banks, prisons, art galleries or clean rooms. Most commonly, they are a small space with an entry door on one wall and an exit door on the opposite wall.

    Door hardware is inevitable. You need it to ensure the safety, security and egress of your facility. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use it to complement your design.

    In a healthcare facility, design has a direct impact on the very metrics that determine an institution’s success. The smallest hardware elements can go a long way in ensuring patient satisfaction, building security and operational efficiency.

    Door hardware comprises only a small part of a multifamily building, yet it has a significant impact on design, functionality and the overall reputation of your property.

    While every building should be assessed for its unique security needs and requirements, there are some door hardware and security solutions that are common to many types of buildings, regardless of the type of structure.

    Patrons at a concert or performance... patients resting after surgery... a congregation at a church... students in a campus library... and a keynote speaker during his address. They all expect the same thing: Doors that don't slam shut and cause a disturbance in the middle of what they are doing. Allegion's line of quiet solutions minimize the noise often associated with door hardware.

    For many of us, the current area of focus with regard to school safety and security is protection from intruders, and with good reason.  Schools should be designed and equipped to keep children safe when they're away from home.  But a danger is present in many of the schools and other buildings we visit that most of us aren't even aware of:  traditional wired glass that can cause severe and life-threatenng injuries when subjected to human impact. 

    Flow and functionality are critical to the overall design scheme of any hospital.  And both are significantly impacted by HIPPA requirements.  HIPPA legislates how a patient's information is managed, viewed, documented and transported in both interoffice and intra-office settngs.  And's it's completely transformed how architects think about design in healthcare settings.

    While security is our foundation at Ingersoll Rand, we know there's value in delivering security along with design appeal.  In fact, our key brands - Schlage, Von Duprin, LCN - take the marriage between form and function a step further with custom decor solutions that allow you to enhance a building's personality or blend customized hardware components with the environment. 

    When selecting door control hardware, there are many things to consider --  type of door, labelling, codes, and now, aesthetics, thanks to the beauty of concealed door closers.

    The finish on door hardware is just that...  the final touch that turns a functional piece of hardware into an attractive design element.  But not all finishes are the same.  While the "look" is important, it should not be the deciding factor on door hardware, particularily for commercial use. 

    Noise often tops the list of patient compliants during a hospital stay.  As a result, more hospitals are seeking ways to reduce noise and, consequently, increase patient satisfacion.  As an architect, there are several key design elements you can implement to provide a quieter healing environment -- wheather you're designing a new healthcare facility or reovating an existing one.

    What do school classrooms, hospital patient rooms and Fortune 500 corporate headquarters have in common?  More than you may think.

    Sadly, school attacks are now a reality every school administration must consider. It's also one that requires a comprehensive plan with multiple security measures. Lori Greene, a codes/compliance expert and experienced door hardware specification writer, shares a list of features she considers every time she specifies security for a school system. 

    Doors and door hardware are the primary anchor points in 28 percent of ligature-related suicide attempts in hospitals -- nearly double the next most common attachment point.  Reducing the likelihood of such attempts is a key concern in hospitals, behavioral health centers, jails, and juvenile detention centers.  Schlage offers a number of anti-ligature solutions that can be specified for those facilities.  

    Stainless steel is being used more and more in commercial facilities for its many advantages over other materials.  Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies offers an array of stainless steel products - including doors and levers that "suite" across both locks and exit devices - to allow you to outfit an entire faciity with a more consistent, visually-appealing style. 

    Today, the security of a facility is as much a part of the design as any other element. Architects consider everything from the exterior grounds, lighting and parking lot layout to surveillance equipment, door hardware and security systems. Unfortunately, sometimes security isn't considered until late in the process, which can pose challenges depending on the desires of your client. Early planning increases the effectiveness of security measures so you can design a secure building to your client's specification-with minimal impact to the construction budget.

    For a long time when people thought about Mother Nature wrecking havoc on an area, it was typically when some named hurricane hit a coastal state, like Florida.  While Florida is often in the path of destruction, the reality today is that many states need shelter from storms.

    With a comprehensive portfolio of door hardware solutions, Allegion is constantly looking for ways to make products more stylish, functional, attractive, and secure. This past year, we did just that through a number of solutions across our family of brands.

    One of our most popular mechanical locks just got even better, thanks to its updated electrified option! The Schlage Electrified ND is ideal for both perimeter and interior security in high-traffic, high-use areas. When paired with a card reader, this wired electrified lock integrates with an access control system for greater and more controlled security.

    The NDE Series wireless lock with ENGAGE technology just became an even greater tool for architects. With new enhancements—including a BHMA indoor/outdoor rating and gateway support for up to 10 locks—this versatile electronic lock is allowing architects to build greater security, efficiency and convenience into their designs.

    Allegion now has exit devices that are certified to the latest standard: ANSI/BHMA A156.3-2014. This certification includes a 20-lb preload requirement for Grade 1 devices for each of the 500,000 testing cycles.each of the 500,000 testing cycles.

    Door control is not just to close the door, but also to provide enhanced security by properly latching a door that can be adjusted to meet ADA accessibility requirements. The proper door closer will control a door in both the opening and closing cycles to prevent damage and injury caused by abuse, wind or other factors.

    The new Schlage Control Smart Locks promise an attractive design, modern convenience and strong security.

    After a successful first year, Allegion entered 2015 ready to deliver more innovation. Once again, we provided our clients—and ultimately, the end user—with stronger, stylish and more functional door hardware solutions. See our innovations from the past year.

    Allegion just took keyless security to the next level with the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt™, a Bluetooth™-enabled residential lock.  Learn how they packed style, security and Siri into this innovative lock.

    If you design healthcare facilities, you know that sometimes an exit device is chosen as much for its ability to let people exit safely, as it is for protecting patients who need to remain within the facility.

    Falcon recently introduced its new AX option, which is able to meet all of your Grade 1 needs while only requiring five pounds of force to operate. Best of all, the new Falcon AX device option delivers code compliance at an affordable price, bringing unbeatable value to the industry.

    LCN is bringing improvements to the industry by redefining the aluminum closer market with its latest entries. The new 1000 Series cast aluminum door closers offer high-quality, cost-effective solutions. Based on LCN’s engineering, design, quality, reliability and service, the new cast aluminum closers offer the alternative solutions and competitive prices our customers have been asking for, with the most common hole patterns in the industry.

    Allegion recently acquired Zero International, a recognized leader in door and window products for commercial spaces. The addition of Zero expands Allegion’s product offering to include a full array of premium sealing systems, such as sound control, fire and smoke protection, threshold applications, lites, door louvers, intumescent products, photo-luminescent and flood barrier for doors. Zero product lines will retain their unique brand identify and be incorporated into the Allegion accessories category with the Glynn Johnson and Ives brands.

    In order to meet life safety and clear opening width requirements, a cross corridor opening can sometimes end up with exit device hardware that is bulky, obtrusive and noisy. The Steelcraft® INPACT door system eliminates that problem with a smart design that meets the unique requirements of cross corridor openings without sacrificing the balance and design of the environment.

    Door hardware is both a functional component and an architectural element, so you want to design facilities with door hardware that is both strong and stylish… durable and decorative… well-built and well-designed. Schlage and Von Duprin’s newest offering does just that—and more!

    The Falcon W Series provides the strength of a cylindrical lock with the aesthetics of a tubular lock. Offering the two most popular lever and two popular knob styles, the W Series can match most commercial door trim.

    Environments are designed for form and function. Door hardware plays an important role in both. LCN special finishes can help provide an atmosphere that allows for colorful expression without being intrusive. Likewise, LCN special arm templates ensure doors function exactly as intended, even if they don’t fit the typical doorframes.

    Wood doors add unmistakable beauty to a building… as long as door hardware doesn’t distract from their look and design. The new wood door solutions from Schlage® and Von Duprin®, will maximize the beauty of your doors, without compromising security. In a commercial, healthcare or educational setting, these innovative door solutions provide not only an aesthetically appealing look, but protect the integrity of the door and ensure efficient egress.

    Simple door operations can echo through a hallway or space, causing disruptions and noise, which ultimately, take away from the ambiance of an environment.

    The word innovation best describes Allegion’s first year as a standalone company. We continued the strong legacy of industry-leading innovation upon which we were built. In every aspect of door security, we grew—and took the marketplace to the next level. The list below highlights how we provided our clients—and ultimately, the end user—with stronger, stylish and more functional hardware security solutions.

    Unsightly pin-and-barrel hinges on fire-rated doors are no longer an aesthetic concern. The new, patented CS Series by Ives® offers a more visually pleasing hinge design as well as longer durability.

    There’s no denying that steel doors offer several performance benefits over wood doors, but many architects don’t specify them because of their sterile look. GRAINTECH™ doors from Steelcraft, though, completely eliminate any design concerns. GRAINTECH doors give buildings a warm, inviting look and style—without sacrificing any of the security, fire-rating, durability or acoustical benefits found with steel doors.

    Several Allegion brands have products equipped with visual indicators to immediately alert a user about a door’s locked or unlocked status—a beneficial feature both in everyday use as well as in emergencies.

    As professionals in the healthcare sector care for patients of all ages and ailments, they sometimes encounter situations where a patient has become incapacitated and trapped in a small room. Rescue hardware from Glynn-Johnson solves that problem.

    Allegion Connect ensures you have a foolproof wiring solution for electrified products—ensuring that you’re not losing time or money redoing wires.

    Form and function shouldn’t be independent of one another. Quality door hardware provides both—the functionality and level of security you need, in a design that complements the architecture of your facility. Allegion can provide complete lever suiting.

    For more than 120 years, Ives has produced a full line of premium hinges, pivots, flush bolts, strikes, door trim, pulls, protection plates, lock guards and many other hardware accessories. Now, Ives is expanding its selection once again with the launch of its new line of decorative hardware accessories.

    LCN’s 4600 Auto Equalizer™ Series allows easy access for people with disabilities, the elderly or the frail. These heavy-duty door closers are electric, low-energy power operators, designed primarily for manual opening applications that occasionally require automatic opening capabilities.  Learn more.

    Schlage’s CO-220 standalone electronic classroom lockdown solution—which is already transforming how schools think about lockdown—has been enhanced with two new features that make it more applicable throughout an entire building. Both features—available by Summer 2014—were the result of customer feedback on how this innovative local lockdown solution could be expanded to allow even more remote capabilities throughout a building.  Learn more.

    When a building needs to protect itself—and more importantly, its occupants—against windstorms, it needs more than a standard lock. It needs a solution that is designed to withstand the abuse of Mother Nature. The Multipoint Lock from Schlage is just that solution.

    When it comes to windstorm solutions, durability matters. Von Duprin’s WS9827/9927 and WS9857/9957 exit devices have proven they are robust enough to handle severe weather such as hurricanes and tornadoes.

    Whether you’re in a coastal area subject to hurricane-force storms, or in one of the many areas across the country at risk for tornadoes, Steelcraft has a tough, dependable door system that can take whatever nature dishes out.

    Remodelling is a great way to give any space an updated look. The downside of remodeling, though, is that it’s often done on a tight budget. As an architect, your goal, then, is to design a space that is both attractive and functional—and doesn’t break the bank. When it comes to door hardware and security, Falcon is the ideal choice to help you accomplish your goals.

    Several Allegion brands have products equipped with visual indicators to immediately alert a user about a door’s locked or unlocked status—a beneficial feature both in everyday use as well as in emergencies.

    Universities and colleges around the country constantly seek innovative ways to engage students. aptiQmobile is such an innovation—and one that is certain to change how students interact with their school environment on a daily basis. As an NFC-based credential, aptiQmobile—the first of its kind available for the commercial market—puts the credential right on a staff member or student’s phone.

    Gone are the days of trying to apply tar-like, foul-smelling bituminous coatings--filled with hazardous material--on grouted masonry frames. Now, with Steelcraft's new Frame Back Coating, architects and builders have a safer and easier-to-use alternative to bituminous coatings that is UL-certified for 3-hour fire-rated masonry applications.

    Steelcraft is meeting the needs of architects and builders in another important way. We can provide UL & Warnock Hersey Fire Labels, up to and including 1-hour, for certain door series with full glass or long narrow light openings.

    Teachers feel a responsibility - a duty even- to protect their studets.  Now, with the introduction of the CO-220 standalone electronic classroom lockdown solution, they can also have a strong sense of security.

    As an architect, you design innovative spaces that are fluid and flexible enough to adapt as your client's business evolves.  An intelligent door hardware solution does much the same-and that's exactly what you'll find with the AD-Series electronic lock.  With its patent-pending modular design, the AD Series can be customized to fit your client's applications now and in the future-all without removing it from the door. 

    Each year, hundreds of people die and billions of dollars in damage occur as a result of hurricanes and tornadoes.  Stringent codes and regulations govern the types of products specified for openings to rooms that serve as storm shelters.  We can help you navigate the storm with a diverse offering of Windstorm products, including the all-new Schlage MultiPoint Lock.

    At last, both architects and installers can agree on how best to meet code requirements that call for a concealed vertical latching system. Even better, the solution makes life easier for installers, architects, maintenance personnel and anyone who walks through the door. Introducing the Concealed Vertical Cable system from Von Duprin.

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