International Door & Operator Industry

NOV-DEC 2017

Garage door industry magazine for garage door dealers, garage door manufacturers, garage door distributors, garage door installers, loading docks, garage door operators and openers, gates, and tools for the door industry.

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52 International Door & Operator Industry™ As you plan for future installations, keep these questions in mind: • Is the building you are installing the automatic door operator into one of the types addressed by ADA? • Is the door that you are installing the operator on considered part of an accessible route, or is it intended for vehicular access and other routes should be provided for pedestrians or wheelchairs • Is the door type specifically addressed by A117.1 or ANSI BHMA A156.10 or A156.19? • Are there requirements for the control button mounting height or location, and if so, what are it? • Are there other options or features that can be installed to supplement the wall button, that provides compliant accessibility options without reducing the mounting height of the wall control lower than 5 ft.? Having a discussion about this with your customers and authorities having jurisdiction (local building inspectors, etc.), can help enhance everyone's understanding and agreement as to how to achieve an installation that satisfies the concerns of all involved. For further questions regarding a particular installation, we suggest contacting the product manufacturer and the local building authority. They can best help with the necessary guidance for your particular installation, and the building inspector having jurisdiction over your installation has the authority to approve (or not) your installation. So, by now you have finished your lunch, and completed the install for the residential installation, and have mounted the wall button 5 ft. above the floor. You also left information with the homeowner about other accessories that could be purchased if additional accessibility was desired. On to your next install! The information above is based on the codes, standards, and regulatory requirements considered as of the date of this article. It does not address fire codes or means of egress requirements, and is not intended as an interpretation any specific local code or regulation that may preside. As technology advances, building and construction methods change, customer needs evolve, and laws change, the relevant codes and standards are also subject to change. If you find installations in the future that cause challenges with apparently conflicting codes or regulations, feedback from the field is often a key driver for code or standard revision proposals to enable clear requirements for compliance, balancing the concerns of all involved. This article was written by Steve Kuscsik, Principal Engineer at UL LLC for ANSI/CAN/UL 325 the Standard for Door, Drapery, Gate, Window and Louver Operators and Systems; and John Taecker, Senior Regulatory Engineer at UL LLC. ASSOCIATIONNEWS Mounting Location for Garage Door Controls (continued from page 50)

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