AAMA publishes new standard for performance testing of handle sets
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association announced the release of AAMA 903-12, "Voluntary Standard for Performance Testing of Handle Sets used with Multipoint Hardware on Side-Hinged Doors," according to a Jan. 9 association release. Developed by AAMA's Door Handle Set Task Group, AAMA 903 establishes test procedures and performance criteria for evaluating lever handle sets designed for use with multipoint hardware on side-hinged doors.
"This standard gives industry professionals a more appropriate tool for evaluating door handle sets as a standalone hardware item," Matt Taylor of HOPPE North America Inc., chair of AAMA's Door Handle Set Task Group, said in the release. "Other hardware standards typically test a lock and its handle set together, which often results in many performance requirements for the lock, but few for the accompanying handle set. AAMA 903 defines performance criteria unique to handle sets giving users more capability to evaluate these products specifically."