These tests are some of the most common and make up the core of the essential tests which look at use and security, which is what the performance grade is most essential for determining. Again, the performance grade and tests are determined with commercial use and industrial applications in mind, which is why BHMA sets the performance standard so high.
BHMA performance grades are determined to benefit both manufacturers and installers. Manufacturers want to make products that effectively fit and match their customer’s needs. Likewise, builders and installers want, and through the BHMA performance grade, have a label to understand which product to select for their specific and varying applications and projects.
Looking forward, BHMA is working on grades specifically created as residential standards. This will help consumers better determine the hardware items they want to use for their residences, and will bring to them many of the benefits which industry already enjoys by utilizing BHMA performance grades and standards.
The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) is an industry leader in building safety and security. BHMA is the only organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop and maintain performance standards for locks, closers, exit devices and other builders hardware. The widely known ANSI/BHMA A156 series of standards describes and establishes the features and criteria for specific types of hardware products. In addition, BHMA sponsors third-party certification of hardware products, which is a requirement for a product to bear the ?BHMA Certified? mark — insuring that the product meets the ANSI/BHMA standard. For more information on BHMA, please write to BHMA, 355 Lexington Avenue, Suite 15th Floor, New York, NY, 10017 or visit the Web site at www.buildershardware.com.
Product grades are defined by performance benchmarks, with Grade 1 being the highest level of performance.
The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) announces the publication of ANSI/BHMA A156.2-2011 American National Standard for Bored and Preassembled Locks and Latches. This standard is...