Latest Articles in Codes & Standards

  • Greetings from Germany, where Fensterbau, the world's biggest window and door trade fair, kicks off a four-day run today.  A leading topic of conversation here–judging by labels on windows and signs in booths–is the Passivhaus Institut.  The organization has a whole-house standard, designed to bring energy consumption down to neglible levels, and apparently windows and... more »
  • What do the Golden Gate Bridge, Spam, Elmer Fudd and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association have in common? All are celebrating 75th anniversaries this year. I’m not so sure about any special observances planned for Spam or Elmer Fudd, but I hear the Golden Gate’s milestone will feature a festival in late May. And, AAMA appropriately is celebrating its 75th Annual... more »
  • As regular readers of this column are probably aware, the International Code Council has recently changed their process of revising the International Codes. They went from having two complete code change cycles per edition of the code to just one. And they changed their timeline, with applicable deadlines and hearing dates.  The goal was to have the 2012 edition of the International Building... more »
  • “Will Your Business Survive when Green Becomes Code?” was the title of the webinar. The promotional e-mail for the event implied that green construction would soon become code mandated due to the completion of the 2012 International Green Construction Code and that mandated compliance could threaten the survival of many businesses due to liability concerns. Now, I am not a lawyer and... more »
  • In 2012, pre-hung door manufacturers selling into the Canadian market will encounter a game changer that might leave some scrambling. A Canadian Supplement will be included with the update to the North American Fenestration Standard that will likely impact the future of the entire exterior door industry. The change means Canadian building codes will require fabricators selling into the Canadian... more »
  • The International Code Council is finalizing the last of its 2012 International Codes. Final action on their existing codes, which include the International Building Code, International Residential Code and International Energy Conservation Code was completed in November 2010. This November. the organizationis taking final action on its two newest codes–the International Green Construction... more »
  • The American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineering Institute have updated ASCE/SEI 7, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures–the go-to technical reference for assigning maximum wind speeds to various U.S. localities and thus for determining fenestration design wind load and performance grade (PG) when using the North American Fenestration Standard. ASCE... more »
  • “Be reasonable, do it my way.” Have you ever heard that expression? I have known individuals who will say it with a chuckle, as if to indicate they are, of course, only joking. But over time you come to realize they were not joking. For these individuals, their way is the only reasonable way, any other way is unreasonable, and therefore not to be considered and to be dismissed. This... more »
  • As many of you are probably aware, the International Code Council is developing an International Green Construction Code. The IgCC is designed to provide a “codified” document that can be adopted if a jurisdiction wishes to mandate green construction. The IgCC differs from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. LEEDS is intended for use on a voluntary, project by... more »
  • We have seen some unbelievable images coming across the news wires following the devastating tornadoes in Missouri this week.  Those storms follow on the heels of an equally destructive tornadoes in Alabama, as well as other storms across the country. Some window and door companies were directly impacted, including Lincoln Windows in Wisconsin, and our hearts certainly go out to all of the... more »