Free Interactive Egress Calculator Launched by ASSA ABLOY

The Egress Calculator determines the occupant load of a room or space, the minimum opening clearance needed for exit and exit access doorways, and more.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions introduces the ASSA ABLOY Egress Calculator, an interactive tool that helps select the proper code compliant doors and hardware for various openings based on individual states’ adopted version of the International Building Codes.

Originally developed as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet for customers, ASSA ABLOY says a more interactive tool to make the process of finding code compliant hardware requirements simpler seemed like a natural evolution.

Architects, designers, contractors, life safety personnel, and others can access this tool via desktop, tablet and smartphone, whether they are at a project job site or in the office.

The first of its kind in the hardware industry, the Egress Calculator determines the occupant load of a room or space, the minimum opening clearance needed for exit and exit access doorways, and the required swing direction of doors.

It can also provide references to the minimum hardware requirements for side-hinged and pivoted swinging doors, and fire and/or smoke rated doors based on the exceptions for each occupancy type.

The adoption and enforcement of building codes and standards falls to state and local governments, thus creating one of the biggest challenges for architects, designers, and contractors: staying knowledgeable about codes as they change over time and between location of projects, the company says.

ASSA ABLOY’s Egress Calculator is said to help industry professionals quickly stay apprised of the codes and standards in the palm of their hand, thought it does not replace the need for them having their own copy of the code.

“ASSA ABLOY has always been committed to not only providing customers with the best possible solutions, but also with tools and training that educate them on how to make strategic decisions about their facilities’ openings and access control,” says Katie Flower, AOC, CSI, CDT, Training Specialist at ASSA ABLOY Academy. “We’re excited to offer customers the ASSA ABLOY Egress Calculator as another resource in our suite of digital tools and trainings, which are all available for free.”

You can learn more about ASSA ABLOY’s Egress Calculator here.

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