Latest Articles in Codes & Standards

  • The International Code Council has posted the code-change proposals that will result in the 2015 ICC Group B codes, including the 2015 International Residential Code, 2015 International Energy Conservation Code and 2015 International Existing Building Code. These proposals are available for review at the ICC website. While it's too early to know the results of these proposals, there are some... more »
  • Product development underway despite concerns about program requirements and implementation date
    While window and door manufacturers move forward in their efforts to meet the Energy Star for Windows, Doors, and Skylights Version 6.0 criteria, significant concerns still surround the program’s proposed product requirements and an early 2014 implementation date. Topping the list is the concern that the proposed U-factor for the Northern zone would drive the cost of Energy Star... more »
  • We report this week on a new campaign launched to block, revise and/or delay Version 6 criteria for Energy Star windows, set to go in effect early next year. The Coalition for Home Energy Efficiency has been formed by a group of industry manufacturers and others who are concerned that Energy Star windows will no longer be cost effective products, particularly in the Northern tier of the country.... more »
  • In response to Julie Ruth's column, "Preparing for 'the Big One'" in the January/February issue of Window & Door, Mory Katz, VP of the Commercial Property Division at Verisk Insurance Solutions, addresses the threat posed by severe storms. He writes: "I read with interest Julie Ruth’s column. ...  After a storm, the power grid, building construction and... more »
  • On average, 18 toddlers die annually by falling from windows, according to Safe Kids Worldwide. More than 98,000 children—an average of 14 per day—were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for windowfall-related injuries during the 1990-2008 time period, according to the most recent study on the subject. About 65 percent of those injuries involved children four years old and younger,... more »
  • Code development tends to focus on where the codes are going, rather than where they are now. This year, the 2015 International Residential Code and 2015 International Energy Conservation Code requirements will be determined. Last year, requirements for the 2015 International Building Code were established. Enforcement of these code requirements, however, is not likely to begin until 2016 or... more »
  • “This is going to be a big one,” the retired fire official from New Jersey said. “This thing is huge, and the states it’s going to hit aren’t used to being hit by this kind of storm.” He pointed to an image of the Hurricane Sandy weather system on his laptop screen, dubbed “Frankenstorm” due to the combination of storms that had spawned it and its... more »
  • The R-5 window may be back as the Environmental Protection Agency has released its draft criteria for Most Efficient designation for windows under the Energy Star windows, doors and skylights program.  In addition to other requirements, including NAFS certification, the newest high-performance criteria sets a minimum U-factor of 0.20 for all regions of the country. Many in the industry have... more »
  • Many years ago, the Building Officials & Code Administrators organization hosted a group of Eastern European code officials who were interested in learning about code administration in the U.S. After a month of observing code enforcement American style, they were asked their opinion of it. “Too democratic” was their response. There are many freedoms we who have lived in the U.S.... more »
  • One of the reasons working with the construction codes has held my interest for decades now is that there always seems to be a new challenge. Just about the time we start to figure something out–whether it be compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, three second gust or ultimate strength design wind speeds, terrorist resistant buildings, impact resistant windows or energy... more »