Latest Articles in Codes & Standards

  • To some extent, sitting in on International Code Council hearings is a bit like watching a professional baseball game. You have to know the rules, and the players involved, to actually understand what is happening. And sometimes, amid long periods of tedium, there are flairs of the dramatic. Such was the case at the code development hearings, which started at the end of October and conclude this... more »
  • AAMA and WDMA are throwing their support behind a new Senate bill designed to tie the energy efficient tax credits for windows, doors and skylights to Energy Star.  Rather than the 30/30 requirements now in place, the bill would allow homeowners to claim tax credits for the purchase of products qualified to the new 2010 Energy Star standards. What do you think?  That's our poll question... more »
  • The EPA has no doubt had an impact on many window and door companies over the years.  Manufacturers, certainly, have had to comply with EPA regulations. Now, new lead abatement requirements are set to go in effect next year for those working on homes built prior to 1978. EPA says companies involved in replacing windows and doors and other remodeling work will have to workers trained and... more »
  • For some time, the side-hinged door was something of an outsider in the arena of standards development and certification, owing to unique properties of both the product and its marketplace. Although the AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-08 North American Fenestration Standar for windows, doors, and skylights–and its immediate 2005 predecessor–have been referenced by the I-codes, their... more »
  • Talking recently with my younger son, whose passion is physics, I explained my concerns about the continued push within the energy codes to lower the maximum SHGC, which in turns lowers the visible light transmittance of the window. There are proposals pending for the next code change cycle that would establish the maximum SHGC as 0.25 in Southern climate zones. Even with very good glass, what... more »
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    Education remains key, but updated standards and WOCDs could help efforts to prevent child falls
    As a product safety engineer and leader of the product safety group for Andersen Windows, and administrator of the manufacturer's “Look Out For Kids” program, Kathy Coen is responsible for safety advocacy and injury prevention efforts. In 2000, her work led to a meeting with Kim Healey, founder of the Timothy Healey Foundation, a child safety advocacy organization named for Kim's son... more »
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    Understanding the basics can help a manufacturer upgrade its product line to meet tax credit and new Energy Star criteria
    With the impending changes to Energy Star and the .30/.30 tax credit requirements of the American Rescue & Recovery Act,  now, more than ever, fenestration manufacturers are looking at every option available for performance improvement and making product adjustments to take advantage of the sudden flurry of activity in the market. There are literally endless possibilities for designing... more »
  • We Chicagoans are, unfortunately, all too aware of the perks expected by some elected government officials. Whether its exotic trips or payment for a truck driver’s license or a vacated Senate seat, we don’t have to go back to the days of Al Capone to find crooks in Illinois. Of course this is not unique to Chicago. Nor is the expectation unique to elected officials. Stories about... more »
  • I was discussing the American Clean Energy and Security Act with my oldest son a while back. I explained that it had started out as a bill by these two representatives Waxman and Markey, who had brought it before the House Energy Committee, where it had been passed. At the time of our conversation, it had recently been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. “So now it has to go to... more »
  • The 2009 edition of the International Codes is now available. The debut of a new edition of the I-codes usually sparks a flurry of questions about content and enforcement. It is timely therefore to devote this column to the most frequently asked questions and their answers: Is the 2008 edition of AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 referenced in the 2009 I-codes?Yes. When the phrase “I-codes... more »