Designing Door Assemblies

Door frames and door leaves are available in many different materials, each with their own characteristics and performance qualities that make them suitable for certain applications and not suitable for other applications.  Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of the materials that are used in the construction of the doors and frames is essential during the design and specification phase of a project.  Once again, the design of the door assemblies needs to comply with the applicable codes and standards for each project. 

When it comes to the functional properties of swinging egress, fire, and security door assemblies, the majority of door assemblies are comprised of mechanical hardware devices that are relatively straightforward in design and function.  On the other hand, building owners and property managers expect to be able to provide convenience for the occupants of their buildings, spaces, and structures as they go about their daily tasks, while maintaining an appropriate level of security.  All of which, of course, needs to be coordinated with the applicable building, fire, life safety, and accessibility codes and standards.  Door assemblies that are equipped with electrified hardware and electronic access-control devices require a great deal of planning and coordination with the code requirements to accommodate the owner’s needs. 

The following list contains examples of door assemblies with special functions that require a high-level of coordination and attention during their design and specification:

  • Automatic-closing doors
  • Power-operated doors
  • Electrically controlled egress doors
  • Doors with special locking arrangements (e.g., delayed-egress locking systems, access-controlled egress door assemblies, elevator lobby exit access door assemblies locking)

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