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BHMA Begins Roll-Out Of Product Category Rules, Seeks Input

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Construction & Renovation, Environment, FacilityBlog, Featured Post, Sustainability, Topics

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Published on July 23, 2013 with No Comments

Posted by Heidi Schwartz

bhma-certified-logo_10774828The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) has announced plans to release Product Category Rules in 2013 for builders hardware and is seeking industry input as the plan to regulate environmental testing standards moves forward.

After the initial phase of development within BHMA, the association is putting out a draft for public review before the Product Category Rules are finalized later this year. The objective of the program is to specify testing methods for environmental product declarations.

“The Product Category Rules highlight BHMA’s focus on environmental sustainability and creating uniform standards for comparison of environmental impact,” says Ralph Vasami, Executive Director of Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association. “In order to make sure we have the most comprehensive program possible, we want to open this up for discussion within the industry.”

The first Product Category Rules in development will cover automatic doors and gates, revolving doors, locks, and fittings.

Environmental product declarations have become more prevalent in recent years, owing to the growing concern over the environmental impact of products and their manufacturing processes.

To contribute to the development of BHMA’s Product Category Rules or to learn more about the program, contact Tim Bennett at

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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