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Changes in the Sheet Door Industry: A Trade Group Leads the Way for Improved Performance

The Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association, Cleveland, is North America's leading trade association of manufacturers of garage doors, rolling doors, high-performance doors, garage door operators, vehicular gate operators and access control products. DASMA members' products represent more than 95 percent of the U.S. market for the industry. Its more-than-100 member companies manufacture products sold in virtually every county in America, every U.S. state, every Canadian province and more than 70 countries worldwide.

DASMA seeks to continually strengthen its role as the authoritative voice of the industry to dealers, consumers, the media, the construction industry and government. Through DASMA's efforts, the industry is producing better installation procedures and safer products that provide enhanced protection against high winds, fi res, entrapment and injuries. More specifically, DASMA compiles information from various entities, including numerous manufacturers, building codes and national organizations. DASMA has established great lines of communication with the National Fire Protection Agency, Quincy, Mass.; Florida Building Code; International Building Code; and American National Standards Institute, Washington, D.C. These are just a few of the organizations and building codes DASMA deals with on a daily basis.

DASMA regularly engages in conjoined projects with various organizations. One of the most recent projects is a joint study between DASMA and the Metal Building Manufacturers Association, Cleveland, involving applied loads on door jambs. Information is being gathered by both organizations, and actual testing will be done in the near future. As part of this joint effort, we hope to better protect our consumers and the investment that they have made in their facility. As we continue with this project, look for more information from both of these industries.

DASMA is also involved with LEED. As people become more aware about the dangers of polluting our planet, I believe it is our duty to minimize damage and increase versatility. A leading example in our industry falls within self-storage due to the changes in the facility designs over the past few years. One of the most noticeable changes is that facilities are built or added to vertically. Multilevel storage is becoming increasingly popular due to the lack of land availability. My grandfather always said, "Land is the one thing that you can't make more of." Not only does the vertical option decrease the amount of land used for self-storage facilities, but it also increases opportunities to restore old buildings and utilize existing structures.

Groups such as the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C., and programs like LEED and Energy Star play a vital role in the conservation of our planet. They offer great educational tools on their Web sites, which I encourage you to visit to learn about everything that can be done within the industry to help preserve the environment. The information that you obtain can be applied in numerous applications to our everyday lives. Throughout the industry, recycled steel is being used in our product offerings. We project that within the next six months nearly 70 percent of the steel that we use will be made from recycled materials. DBCI's sheet doors are also 100 percent recyclable, and I recommend other companies in our industry follow suit. Using insulated doors is another option to help make your structures and facilities more eco-friendly. Insulation can help reduce the amount of energy used to heat or cool a building. It also offers lower heating and cooling costs to building owners.

As chairman of DASMA's rolling sheet door committee and director of research and development for DBCI, Douglasville, Ga., I would like to take this opportunity to offer our appreciation to the staff of DASMA for its passionate desire to service for the door industry as a whole. Joe Hetzel and his staff have built great lines of communication between door manufacturers to establish standards to be implemented industry wide. At DBCI, we take pride in being active members of DASMA and look forward to continuing our relationship with DASMA. I encourage you to visit the DASMA Web site, www.dasma.com, and learn more about it and its members.

Bray Allen is chairman of the rolling sheet door committee of the Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association, Cleveland, and director of research & development for DBCI, Douglasville, Ga. Details are available at www.dbci.com.