Builders' Hardware and Specialty Company is an active member of the The Door and Hardware Institute (DHI). The Door and Hardware Institute (DHI) is the only professional association dedicated to the Architectural Openings Industry. With the purpose of advancing life safety and security within the built environment, DHI represents the North American openings marketplace as the advocate and primary resource for information, professional development and certification. With the focus on our members, DHI strives to be the indispensable resource for industry trends, best business practices and advanced education. DHI remains a powerful advocate for creating a favorable code environment in the life safety and security industry.
Our Team of Professionals have earned numerous Certification Designations in the following specialties: Architectural Hardware Consultant (AHC), Certified Door Consultant (CDC), Electrified Hardware Consultant (EHC) and Architectural Openings Consultant (AOC). DHI awards these credentials to individuals who have successfully completed a prescribed series of training and have passed rigorous certification examinations. Individuals pursuing certification must complete the core educational curriculum before branching off to follow a particular discipline.
Architectural Hardware Consultant (AHC), Certified Door Consultant (CDC), Electrified Hardware Consultant (EHC) and Architectural Openings Consultant (AOC) are the certification designations recognized as marks of excellence throughout the industry. These professional certifications attest to the high principles of the individual and that he or she is a professional prepared to provide sound architectural Door and Hardware specification advice and counsel to architects, contractors and building owners.
Architectural Hardware Consultant (AHCs) are trained to recognize a builder’s hardware requirements for door openings in all types of public, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. AHCs coordinate thousands of builders' hardware items and options to ensure door openings are in compliance with fire, life safety, accessibility and building code requirements.
An AHC specializes in architectural hardware, including electrified hardware, and all its applications. This specialization includes advanced knowledge of relating codes and standards. AHCs also have a significant knowledge of commercial doors and frames. An AHC can provide professional specifications and coordinate the planning process between architects and building owners. They can also provide expert direction for building security and life safety. *AHC description courtesy of the Door and Hardware Institute.
Certified Door Consultant (CDCs) are trained in the construction and application of standard and custom hollow metal doors and frames, architectural flush and stile and rail wood doors and aluminum doors and frames. CDCs must master a myriad of fire, life safety, accessibility and building code requirements for all types of buildings.
A CDC credential means that this consultant has an advanced education in architectural doors and frames, including the manufacturing process, selection, preparation and installation of wood, hollow metal, aluminum and other types of commercial doors and frames. A CDC also has an advanced knowledge of the applicable codes and standards, including fire-rated products. A CDC can provide professional specifications and coordinate the planning process between architects and building owners. They can also provide expert direction for building security and life safety. *CDC description courtesy of the Door and Hardware Institute.
Electrified Hardware Consultants (EHCs) specialize in the coordination of architectural door openings with the increased security needs of public buildings in today’s society. EHCs are experts at interfacing electrified architectural hardware products into access control monitoring and fire alarm systems, while maintaining compliance with fire, life safety, accessibility and building code requirements.
Architectural Openings Consultants (AOCs) are individuals who have attained AHC, CDC and EHC professional certifications. AOCs have mastered all facets of the commercial Door and Hardware industry and exemplify the highest standards of expertise and professionalism.
Allegion Authorized Security Center
Builders' Hardware and Specialty Company is an Authorized Security Center for Allegion (IR) Security Technologies. We offer security systems ranging from simple restricted Primus key systems to the most up to date electronic access controls systems. As the authorized IR security center, we have access to the most widely used and proven products in the industry. Our staff of seasoned professionals, including Architectural Hardware Consultants, security system integrators and door and hardware installers, is at your service. Learn More
The Forest Stewardship Council ® (FSC) Chain-of-Custody Certfication
Did you know that Builders' Hardware and Specialty Company can supply wood doors that are certified to FSC® standards on your next project? Specifically, Builders' Hardware can provide you with FSC certified door products that satisfy U.S. Green Building Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building requirements. When putting together your next project estimate on a Commercial Green Building Project, make sure to ask your “supplier of choice” if they will be able to produce a wood door FSC Chain-of-Custody ( CoC ) with all invoices to ensure that you will receive the appropriate LEED™ Credits.
Builders' Hardware and Specialty Company FSC Certification Number: SCS-COC-002419
FSC Trademark License Code: FSC-C007303Learn More
Fire Door Assembly Inspector (FDAI)
Every 19 seconds, a fire department responds to a fire somewhere in the nation. A properly functioning fire door assembly can mean the difference between life and death. Builders' Hardware is trained and certified to perform and record the annual inspections in accordance with the NFPA 80 requirements. Builders' Hardware and Specialty Company is a certified and fully insured for fire door inspection. Our offering is formulated as a service to building owners in order to ensure that your building is up to code and that it meets the requirements of NFPA 80, which now requires annual inspections and reports for fire rated door assemblies. Our expertise in this industry stems from many years of selling and installing fire door assemblies. Call us today to make sure your building is safe and secure. Learn More
Schlage Bright Blue and Schlage Security Management (SMS) Access Control Solutions
To help you with your facility projects our professional staff of estimators, detailers, project managers and low voltage field technicians are skilled and certified to provide the following services: System Specification, System Design, Riser Diagrams, Point-to-Point Diagrams, Wiring Coordination,
Wire Runs/Pulls, Wiring Terminations, Trouble Shooting. Learn More
Review for Code Compliance
Our experienced Project Management Team is available to respond to inquiries regarding Fire Safety (NFPA 80), Life Safety (NFPA 101) and ADA code compliance. Local authorities having jurisdiction take precedence.
Assa Abloy Certified Installer
At our service centers or in the field or certified Assa Abloy installers can pre assemble the door, hardware and frame so you don't have to. Learn More
As a value added architectural supplier we are proud of our long-standing commitment to quality in the services we provide. If you have a specific need or just a general question please do not hesitate giving us a call at your convenience.