The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) has been working on an important project that will help to increase awareness of recent code changes affecting door openings. This new resource will be helpful to anyone working with doors and hardware – members of the industry, architects, end users, code officials, and others.
BHMA’s Codes, Government, and Industry Affairs Committee (CGIA) has participated in the code development process for more than 20 years, making a significant impact on the model codes and referenced standards. In addition to proposing dozens of code changes, the committee monitors and often influences changes made by other organizations and individuals. This work has resulted in more consistent interpretations of the codes, reduced confusion about the intricacies of hardware, and has ultimately increased safety for building occupants.
To help educate and inform stakeholders about changes related to doors and hardware, BHMA has developed a new resource called Codes in Context. The first edition has been released, which addresses changes made to the 2021 International Building Code (IBC). In addition to the Codes in Context summary listing key changes impacting the door and hardware industry, there are focus documents providing more detail on each of the topics.
I filmed a short video for BHMA’s Spotlight Series, answering some questions about this project. You can find this video along with the other videos in the series on the BHMA website. The Codes in Context summary for the 2021 IBC, as well as the related focus documents, can be downloaded from the site’s Codes in Context page. And don’t forget about the BHMA CGIA document that I shared last week, which shows some of the IBC changes for each edition from 2012 to 2024.
If you have any suggested code changes, or door-related code issues that are difficult to interpret, feel free to leave a comment on this post and I will add them to my wish list for the next code development cycle.