Glass Entrance Specification: A Review of Hardware, Codes, and Safety

Credit type: 1 AIA HSW LU.

Along with the benefits of glass entrances come unique challenges. This course covers current trends in glass entrance design and key considerations for hardware requirements in all types of buildings. Participants will receive an overview of specification criteria to ensure entrances comply with safety, accessibility, and performance requirements while meeting the design intent of the project.


Learning Objective
  • Review standard glass door styles and glass entrance system applications including storefronts, point-supported glass walls and transoms with floating headers.
  • Understand specification criteria to ensure door openings comply with fire, life safety, accessibility, and building code requirements.
  • Learn about the current trends that are influencing the future of glass entrances, including larger glass sizes and energy codes.
  • Critical considerations related to panic devices, including life safety issues, UL requirements and standards, ANSI/BHMA criteria, occupant loads, and opening force.
  • Mark Suehiro, CSI, CDT, DHT
    Technical Director
    Architectural Hardware Group
  • Samuel Medina
    Moderator/Executive Editor
    The Architect's Newspaper


Jul 19


1:00 pm in Eastern Time




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