Don’t forget! Today’s the day for my webinars on panic hardware!
Believe it or not, I took my AHC exam and received my Architectural Hardware Consultant credentials in 1994. Even though that was forever ago, I remember that during the exam I had to schedule hardware for an isolation room in a hospital – a room under negative pressure, where airflow around the door had to be limited in order to reduce the spread of germs.
More than 25 years later, we are faced with a health care crisis that is unprecedented in our time. Health care professionals are learning on the fly, and some processes and procedures will likely be forever changed – including the gasketing and other hardware used for some health care door openings.
I’d like to compile some information about how the hardware for an isolation room door is currently being specified/supplied. What kind of gasketing is typical? How about the door bottom/sweep? What’s working/not working well? Is there a level of air infiltration that has been deemed acceptable? Is this written in a code or standard? Is there a difference between the airflow requirements for sliding doors and swinging doors?