Designing Code Compliant Glass Doors and Entrance Systems

Key considerations when selecting door hardware
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Live webinar airing on July 18, 2024 at 2:00 PM EDT
Sponsored by CRL
Presented by Mark Suehiro

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review standard glass door types and glass entrance system applications including storefronts, point-supported glass walls, and transoms with floating headers.
  2. Recognize specification criteria to ensure door openings comply with life safety, accessibility, and building code requirements.
  3. Identify the current trends that are influencing the future of glass entrances, including larger glass sizes and energy codes.
  4. Distinguish critical considerations related to panic devices, including life safety issues, UL requirements and standards, ANSI/BHMA criteria, occupant loads, and opening force.


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AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
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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This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
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 aesthetic benefits of glass entrances come unique specification challenges. This course covers glass entrance design and key considerations when selecting door hardware. Participants will receive a thorough overview of important criteria to ensure glass doors and entrance systems comply with safety, accessibility, and thermal performance requirements, all while meeting the visual intent of the project.


Photo courtesy of ©Iwan Baan


Mark Suehiro has more than 25 years of experience in the architectural entrance systems and hardware field. His extensive knowledge encompasses product engineering, testing, manufacturing, distribution, and new product development. In his role as Technical Director, he leads a team of technical product specialists in assisting architects and contractors with the design, specification, and installation of code-compliant glass entrance systems.


CRL CRL is the industry’s leading, full-service provider of architectural metals, glass fittings, and professional-grade glazing supplies. The company leverages more than 50 years of experience and a track record of industry firsts to offer a one-stop shop with a breadth of innovative product choices. Expert support from specification to installation, and fast, reliable service help customers complete projects on time and on budget. CRL focuses on expanding opportunities for all to turn bold architectural visions into real world experiences.


Originally published in July 2024