Glass Entrance System Specification: What You Need to Know

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Comprehend and be well-versed in hardware considerations and compatibilities, including panic handles.
  2. Recognize the current trends that are influencing the future of glass entrances, including NFRC documentation and energy code requirements.
  3. Identify critical considerations needed to specify panic devices including life safety issues, UL standards, ANSI/BHMA criteria, fire code requirements, occupant loads, and opening force.
  4. Define the GANA guidelines including guidelines for interior swinging glass doors.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
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Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

Along with the many benefits of glass entrances come unique challenges. This course covers current trends in glass entrance design and key considerations for hardware in all types of applications. Attendees will get an overview of specification criteria to ensure openings are in compliance with fire, life safety, accessibility, and other building code requirements, all while meeting the project’s design intent. The presentation will also address what makes different types of glass entrances both appealing and functional, and what challenges must be overcome when specifying them. This includes all-glass entrances, thermal doors, and balanced doors.

Glass Entrance

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Mark Suehiro has more than 15 years of experience in the architectural entrance systems and hardware field. His extensive knowledge of doors and entrances encompasses product engineering, testing, manufacturing, distribution, and new product development. In his role as director of the architectural entrances group at C.R. Laurence, Mark leads a team of technical specialists in assisting architects, building owners, and contractors with the design, specification, and installation of code-compliant glass entrance systems.


C.R. Laurence - U.S. Aluminum CRL-U.S. Aluminum is the leading single-source manufacturer and supplier of architectural glazing systems for numerous CSI divisions. Their robust product portfolio offers customizable solutions that include curtain walls, storefronts, entrances, windows, railings, commercial hardware, and interior office partitions. As an industry leader for decades, the company has built a solid reputation based on quality, innovative, and installer-friendly products. Their wealth of experience provides absolute peace of mind for those who specify, install, operate, or occupy.


Originally published in June 2020