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SCMFAHB - How to Specify, Coordinate and Manage Finish Architectural Hardware

DHI CEP Program #10-1111

   
       
 
     
 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Part 1 - Builders' Hardware

Part 2 - Door Hardware Process

Part 3 - Coordination and Special Considerations


 

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Part 1 - Builders' Hardware

Builders' hardware is often called architectural hardware or finished hardware. It describes products mounted onto the moving parts of buildings (doors, windows and drawers). Examples of builders' hardware include locks, latches, cabinet hardware, hinges, door hardware, door closers, exit devices, power doors, sliding doors, folding doors or any product that functions to fasten or protect. Builders' hardware generally makes up 1-2% of the building's cost. Poor hardware choices, however, will add greatly to "initial" costs down the line.

There are four critical finished hardware needs:

  1. Fire life safety solutions save lives during fire and smoke emergencies
  2. High use/High abuse solutions provide safety and security in extreme situations
  3. ADA accessibility solutions maintain facility accommodation for the elderly and disabled
  4. Aesthetic solutions blend into a building's design

There are numerous components to making the best finished hardware selection.
These include the following:

  • Safety
  • Security
  • Barrier free access
  • HVAC control
  • Fire/Smoke containment
  • Fire and life safety code compliance
  • Building code compliance

Additionally, there are many categories of finished hardware. Some of the more common include the following:

  • Swinging doors
  • Automatic doors
  • Revolving doors
  • Operable partitions
  • Storefront doors (significant hardware quality issues)
  • Exterior gates (require interchangeable core padlocks)
  • Sliding doors
  • Casework (keying is crucial)
  • Elevators (typically require cylinders)
  • Utility cabinets (keying is crucial)
  • Access panels (keying is crucial)
  • Emergency access key control lockbox

Some examples of basic door hardware are as follows:

  • Materials and finishes
  • Hinges and pivots
  • Locksets
  • Cylinders/ keying
  • Exit devices
  • Closers (surface, concealed, life safety, low energy)
  • Protection plates
  • Bolts
  • Coordinators
  • Trims
  • Stops
  • Gasketing
  • Magnetic hold opens
  • Mullions

Specifiers must consider "critical selection influences" when selecting builders' hardware. If a product is designated "labeled" that means it must be labeled and listed. This includes self releasing, self closing, self latching and self sealing products. Non-labeled, on the other hand, does not require hardware. Hardware categorized as "path of egress" requires exit devices while "barrier free" products must comply with ADA ANSI 117.1. Currently, the trend in building security is access control and life safety hardware must follow NFPA 80/100. These, however, are simply guidelines. Code compliance varies by location and is ultimately enforced by location.


Evaluation

Upon submission, results of your evaluation will be displayed with the correct answers shown in red.

  1. Builders' hardware is often called architectural hardware or finished hardware.
    True
    False

  2. Which of the following are critical finish hardware needs?
    Fire Life Safety Solutions save lives during fire and smoke emergencies.
    High Use/High Abuse solutions provide safety and security in extreme conditions.
    ADA accessibility solutions maintain facility accommodation for the elderly and disabled.
    ALL of the above.

  3. If a product is designated "labeled" that means it must be labeled and listed. This includes self releasing, self closing, self latching and self sealing products.
    True
    False


   
       
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