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!
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.
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.
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.