Household & Real Estate

What Are the Revolving Door Code Compliance Requirements?

Whether you’re in the market for a new revolving door or just wondering about revolving door code compliance, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you’ll want to ensure that you’re getting a model that’s both easy to open and close and provides safety features.


Safety requirements

Despite the plethora of astroturf and the proliferation of high-speed internet, the modern office worker is still a workaholic and a bit of a stickler regarding safety. Fortunately, there are many safety requirements to be met in a revolving door code compliance scheme. As far as a revolving door is concerned, there are two classes to choose from: power and manual. The power category includes power revolving doors, whereas the manual type is restricted to doors with a minimum opening width of 36 inches.

The main difference between the two classes is in the nitty-gritty details, such as safety and security protocols, doorway clearance, and occupant ratio. The best way to ensure revolving door code compliance is to consider a full-scale design and implementation process spanning the entire revolving door space. The best part is that a fully integrated design solution will be less costly and time-consuming than a half-baked approach.

Speed Control Device

The speed control device is one of the essential features of revolving door assemblies. The device can be floor mounted or installed overhead. Floor-mounted models typically use in buildings with glass ceilings or lack clearance.

The speed control device has to be correctly installed to ensure revolving door code compliance. It must also comply with the following requirements: a minimum breakout force of 130 pounds (578 N) applied within 3 inches (76 mm) of the outer edge of the wing.

The device should also be integrated with an access control system. This will unlock the door when an authorized credential is presented. The door will continue to rotate while someone is inside, but tailgating is still a concern. A revolving door should only be used as the first layer of physical security, and further measures may be necessary to prevent unauthorized entry. Additional measures may include guard staff and turnstiles. Additionally, different locking mechanisms may be required if the door is located in a restricted area. Generally, modern code requirements are governed by ANSI, IBC, and NFPA.

Side-hinged swinging door

NFPA 101 specifies physical requirements for side-hinged swinging doors. To be installed in a building, an entry must be capable of swinging in a direction appropriate for egress travel. A door must be operable from both sides without extraordinary effort. The door and latching and locking hardware must be designed to be easily opened and closed.

A door shall be able to swing to a fully open position when subjected to 15 pounds (67 N) of force. For doors with a latch, this force must be at most 5 pounds (22 N). Entries closed with a simple latch release device do not require this level of significance.

The maximum width of a swinging door leaf is 48 inches (1219 mm) nominal. This amount is determined by measuring with the door in the fully open position.

When a door is used as an egress means, it must provide a clear passage of at least 78 inches in height. It should also be wide enough for a wheelchair to fit through. Doors in a series must also swing in the same direction.