GREEN Hardware

Quality Door and Hardware is proud to support the effort in rebuilding the economy. We realize how important it is for many of our customers to reduce their energy cost.

Stanley D-4990
Stanley D-4990 Low Energy Operator

Besides aesthetics, energy efficiency is one of the driving forces for door hardware innovations. Whether it’s environmentally friendly anodized aluminum or low-energy automatic door operator, door hardware is becoming as energy efficient as possible. Although the cost might differ from traditional systems, most manufacturers are realizing it’s a valid investment and are starting to roll out new green product lines.

Money and Energy Saving Tips

 

Half of all the energy used in our homes is wasted. Heating and cooling inefficiencies are the major cause, and the prevention is, in many cases, simple and inexpensive. Here are some easy, do-it-yourself solutions for making your home more comfortable and less expensive to cool or heat. You’ll also be helping the environment.

Under the Doors
The warm air in a heated home exerts a “pull” on outside colder air, drawing it in wherever it can. Under the door is the common site for cold air entry. Door sweeps are available at Qualitydoor.com. They can easily be installed without having to take the door off its hinges. Simply slide the sweep under the door and cut off excess length with a hacksaw. A few screws, provided with the sweep, hold it in place.

Check for Drafts
The one home improvement which saves the most energy with the least investment is draft proofing.
A simple way to locate outside air coming into your home is with a stick of incense. (Some hardware stores sell “smoke pencils” for this purpose.) Light the incense and inspect your home, from the inside, for air leaks. Weather-stripping, door sweeps and products such as the Pemko 346C Door top Weather-strip will fix the drafts and door leaks quickly and easily.


Sleep is good for you and your computer!  Set your computer to sleep mode, when not in use, rather than using a screen saver. Screen savers use a lot of energy.

Set your thermostat at 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in winter.  Every degree = substantial savings on your energy bill.  Using a fan makes it feel cooler.

 

Americans with Disablities Act

Qualitydoor.com supports the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. In celebration, we are happy to present a 15% discount to members with disabilities. We stock exit devices and many other useful products such as door closers to improve life quality.

The following information concerning ADA hardware requirements comes from the ADAAG. The basic hardware requirements are as follows:

 The doorway must have a minimum clear opening of 32″ with the door open 90 degrees, measured from the face of the door and the opposite stop; 5/8″ is allowed for the latch.

 

Thresholds at doorways shall not exceed 1/2″ except for exterior sliding doors, which is 3/4″. Raised thresholds and floor level changes at accessible doorways shall be beveled with a slope no greater than 1:2.

 Door hardware such as handles, pulls, latches, locks, and other operating devices on accessible doors shall have a shape that is easy to grasp with one hand and does not require tight grasping, tight pinching, or twisting of the wrist to operate. Lever-operated mechanisms, push-type mechanisms, and U-shaped mechanisms are acceptable designs. Hardware required for accessible door passage shall be mounted no higher than 48″ above the finished floor.

 If a door has a door closer, then the sweep period of the closer shall be adjusted so that from an open position of 70 degrees the door will take at least 3 seconds to move to a point 3″ from the latch, measured to the leading edge of the door.

 The maximum door opening force, as measured directly above the lock, for pushing or pulling open a door shall be as follows: Fire doors shall have the minimum opening force allowable by the appropriate administrative authority. In the ADA there is no requirement for exterior doors due to environmental factors such as wind and pressure differences.

 In Oregon, Washington and many other states (through their new building codes, which have now adopted the ADA) the exterior doors must have a maximum opening force of 8-1/2 lbs.. When this is not feasible due to environmental conditions an automatic or power-assisted door must be provided. Interior and sliding or folding doors must have a maximum force of 5 lbs. These forces do not apply to the force required to retract latch bolts or disengage other devices that may hold the door in a closed position.

 Automatic and power-assisted doors shall not open to backcheck faster than 3 seconds and shall require no more than 15 lbs. of force to stop door movement.

The diameter or width of the gripping surface of a handrail or grab bar shall be 1-1/4″ to 1-1/2″ or the shape shall provide an equivalent gripping surface. If handrails or grab bars are mounted adjacent to a wall, the space between the wall and the grab bar shall be 1-1/2″.