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  • About 10 p.m. the evening of June 22, 2015, I learned I was under a tornado warning via both my local news station and a weather alert on my cell phone. The words “tornado warning” mean a tornado has either been spotted or is eminent. Those words, along with the lightning show going on outside my windows, convinced me to seek shelter. I live in a ranch home over a crawlspace. Not yet being... more »
  • Our discussion this month focuses on the specific requirements for residential replacement windows found in the 2015 International Residential Code, International Energy Conservation Code and International Existing Building Code. These international codes require any repairs or alterations to an existing building to comply with the requirements of the applicable code for new construction. This... more »
  • The Clean Power Plan, set to be released by the Environmental Protection Agency this summer, is a sweeping set of regulations designed to reduce total U.S. carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. The fenestration community should take note, as one of the hallmarks of this new plan is a “beyond the fence line” approach to reducing carbon emissions. According to a draft version of the... more »
  • The issue of skylight fall protection is not new. Manufacturer members of the AAMA Skylight Council have been especially proactive over recent years in improving the installation and maintenance safety of their products. However, concerns have surfaced anew in the wake of a relative blizzard of reports of individuals falling through skylights while engaged in snow removal from beleaguered roofs... more »
  • How important is it to you to be able to open an exterior window and bring fresh air into an interior space you are occupying? Would you consider buying or renting a home that did not have operable windows? If you did not have operable windows in your kitchen or living room would it bother you? The 2015 International Building Code and 2015 International Residential Code requires interior,... more »
  • The series of columns on the new provisions of the 2015 International Codes for fenestration continues this month with a discussion about design wind speeds from the 2015 International Residential Code. The design wind speed model used in the 2015 IRC has been revised to the Strength Design (SD) model. With this change, the design wind speed model used in the 2015 IRC will be consistent with that... more »
  • In December of 2014, AAMA introduced AAMA 103-14a, Procedural Guide for Certification of Window, Door and Skylight Assemblies, a completely revised Certification Program guide designed to comply with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity Assessment— Requirements for Bodies Certifying Products- 2012, as the basis for ANSI accreditation. Until now, the program has been based on ISO... more »
  • Quality management systems and unintended consequences
    Editor’s note: This column is the last in a two-part series on the new AAMA 103-14a Procedural Guide for Certification; read part one here. In part one of this article, we reviewed many of the significant changes found in AAMA 103-14a, the Procedural Guide for Certification of Window, Door and Skylight Assemblies. This is the supplement to “AAMA 101” as it completes the answer... more »
  • This month’s discussion of the new 2015 International Code requirements for fenestration shifts to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code. The 2015 IECC offers a new, alternate compliance path for residential construction. The new provisions are based upon establishing an Energy Rating Index for the new home. The ERI compares the anticipated energy usage of the home to that of a... more »
  • I received a note last week in response to our recent Energy Star Education article from Nick Bottaro of Bottaro Associates, expressing how pleased he was to read that industry professionals are comfortable with the “bar being raised again with regard to the efficiency of fenestration products.” He writes: “Those of us who were in on the ground floor, back in the mid-1990s,... more »