So, what do you know about revolving doors?
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Revolving doors are an excellent solution for commercial buildings due to their appealing aesthetic appearance at the entry, in addition to their ability to minimize the influx of unconditioned outdoor air and unwanted noise and debris.
The most important decision to make is which type of revolving door you will install. The best door type and features for your application would be the subject of a different blog - here. I’ll assume you’ve made the right decision and in this blog post I’ll focus on ensuring a smooth installation.
Revolving doors create modern entrances that reduce energy and save businesses space. But, as with any entrance that is used by the public, there are some implications to consider for creating the safest experience possible. Consider 5 safety tips for the safest revolving door entry.
Many people and authorities are taking a serious look at energy efficiency, especially where large, commercial buildings in metro cities are concerned – and rightfully so. The biggest energy users in commercial buildings are lighting and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) – accounting for 19% of all the energy used in the United States, according to ASi Controls.
Unfortunately, there are no nationally enforced energy codes or “standards” that commercial building owners must abide by in the United States. Energy codes are agreed upon at the state and local levels. There are some guidelines, however, put out by the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). These two organizations focus on conservation requirements for the building envelope.
You’ve done the research – revolving doors will save your company significantly on its energy bills, allow you to regain interior floor space, and help you stand out from the rest of the buildings on the block. Your research also tells you that the door should last decades past the purchase date. And it will, if you don’t overlook one critical item during installation: the flooring.
I have over 30 years of experience in the revolving door business and I’ve seen time and again how neglecting the flooring can come back to bite – maybe not instantly – but definitely years down the road. Let’s explore why a level floor is necessary and when a floor frame might be required during installation.
Creating a revolving door specification (“spec” for short) can be extremely challenging. Many architects and specifiers today utilize online specification services for identifying the revolving doors they want to incorporate into their projects. These online sites often provide “master” revolving door specs that bundle numerous different types of doors into a single 20+ page document. The architect or specifier has to know what to keep and what to delete. This process creates the potential for errors.