Each of the articles below has been published in an industry journal – Door Security + Safety Magazine, Construction Specifier, Life Safety Digest, or Locksmith Ledger. Because the articles span across several years and several editions of the codes, the code adopted in a specific jurisdiction may differ from the requirements described in the articles.

Door Security + Safety Magazine

Decoded: Update on Roof Doors (August 2019)

June 24th, 2019|2 Comments

A change to the 2018 edition of the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Fire Code (IFC) helps to establish the intent of these codes with regard to roof doors.

Decoded: NFPA 3000 (August 2018)

June 21st, 2018|2 Comments

Given that NFPA 3000 is a standard for preparation and response to an active shooting, how does that affect the door and hardware industry?

Decoded: Manually-Operated Sliding Doors (April 2018)

March 5th, 2018|13 Comments

Manual sliders are not always allowed in a means of egress, since the model codes require side-hinged or pivoted swinging doors for most locations. The International Building Code (IBC) currently contains 9 exceptions where swinging doors are not required.

Decoded: Panic Hardware Requirements for Rooms Housing Electrical Equipment (February 2018)

December 18th, 2017|3 Comments

NFPA 70 – National Electrical Code (NEC) has been adopted by most US states, and includes requirements for panic hardware or fire exit hardware on certain rooms housing electrical equipment; the voltage and amperage thresholds that determine which rooms require panic hardware were changed in the 2017 edition of this code.

Decoded: Locations for Vision Lights and Viewers (January 2018)

November 27th, 2017|9 Comments

A vision light is not required in each door opening on an accessible route, but if vision lights are provided for viewing purposes in doors or sidelights, the bottom of at least one of these lights must be located no more than 43 inches above the floor...

Decoded: Securing Parking Garages (September 2017)

August 10th, 2017|7 Comments

Without proper planning, parking garages can present security and life-safety challenges. People who are authorized to use the parking area – or unauthorized people who are able to enter an open parking garage – may attempt to gain access to other floors of the building...

Construction Specifier

Construction Specifier: Battling the Barricade

August 23rd, 2016|7 Comments

In the wake of any tragedy, society struggles collectively to process the loss. For some it is the loss of friends and loved ones, but for most it is our feelings of safety and trust in the overall goodness of our fellow man that are diminished or seemingly lost entirely. In their place, we are filled with an overwhelming desire to do something...

Construction Specifier: Hazards of Traditional Wired Glass

July 16th, 2015|7 Comments

(Note: If you're in the St. Louis area, there is a school security seminar coming up on July 22th, and there's still space if you want to attend.) Today's post: I haven't posted much about traditional wired glass lately, but the hazard continues to be present in existing schools and other facilities...

Code Requirements for Doors with Access Control

March 8th, 2013|23 Comments

This article was published in the March 2013 issue of Construction Specifier.   When specifying electrified hardware for an access control system, there’s often confusion about which code requirements to follow and what system components are [...]

Life Safety Digest

Multi-Family Fire Door Safety – The Role of Fire Doors

April 24th, 2014|15 Comments

Fire door assemblies play a vital role in the protection of life safety, yet many people remain unaware of their existence. We pass through these doors every day in commercial, institutional, and multi-family residential buildings. A lack of awareness...

Fire Door Inspection – Top 10 Deficiencies

October 5th, 2012|18 Comments

This article was originally published in the Summer 2012 issue of Life Safety Digest, a publication of the Firestop Contractors International Association (FCIA).  The article has been revised slightly to reference more recent codes. As [...]

Locksmith Ledger

Locksmith Ledger: What’s a fire door for?

May 29th, 2018|4 Comments

When I first started working in the door and hardware industry, I learned all about the rules that apply to fire doors, but I didn’t fully appreciate the value of a closed door during a fire.

Fire Doors: The First Line of Defense

January 26th, 2015|3 Comments

This article was published in the January 2015 issue of Locksmith Ledger.  Fire doors are a vital part of a building’s passive fire protection system. When properly installed and maintained, they will help to compartmentalize [...]

Code Implications for Mechanical Hardware

June 9th, 2014|6 Comments

Locksmiths are often called upon to increase security at an existing door or replace hardware that is damaged or defective. There are several code-related issues to note before getting started...

Special Egress Locks in I-2 Occupancies

October 17th, 2013|4 Comments

This article was published in the October 2013 issue of the Locksmith Ledger: The National Institute for Elopement Prevention and Resolution (www.elopement.org) defines elopement as:“When a patient or resident who is cognitively, physically, mentally, [...]

Code-Compliant Doors: What to Look For

March 4th, 2013|7 Comments

This article was published in the February 2013 issue of the Locksmith Ledger: I was recently contacted by a locksmith from a local university who attended my class on fire door inspection last year.  A [...]

Code Requirements for Electromagnetic Locks

February 10th, 2012|8 Comments

This article was published in the February 2012 issue of the Locksmith Ledger: An electromagnetic lock is essentially an electromagnet in a housing mounted on the door frame, and a steel armature mounted on the [...]