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  • As annual Window Safety Week–the first full week of April–rolls around, the industry highlights its focus on home safety, an important facet of window performance in addition to the usual concerns of green credentials, energy efficiency, wind and water intrusion, impact resistance and security. The problem: Young children are naturally curious and are attracted to an open window. Even... more »
  • There is a time for planting and encouraging growth. A time to plant seeds or young saplings, water and nurture them, so that the young plants increase in size and become strong. And there is a time for trimming the new growth back, to control the growth, and to protect the plant from becoming overwhelmed by the sheer size and weight of its own increase in volume. I am speaking, of course, about... more »
  • There has been a lot of press lately about federal bailout programs. I don’t think any U.S. citizen would disagree that our economy could certainly use a shot in the arm. But as all of us have the right to ask, I can’t help but wondering to what extent should the government be involved in regulating trade? The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 allocates $700 billion for use... more »
  • My one prediction for the International Code Council final action hearings that took place in Minneapolis in September was that they were going to be quite lively— particularly with regards to the energy code discussions. There were 27 public comments that dealt with maximum U-factors for residential construction, and another 18 for maximum SHGC, also for residential construction. The hope... more »
  • While natural disaster newshounds watch alternating seasonal threats of East Coast hurricanes and West Coast wildfires like a tennis match, building codes have been shoring up the defenses in hopes of mitigating disasters such as 2005’s Katrina and 2007’s Witch Creek. We have devoted much discussion in these pages to the evolving codes and standards for hurricane wind, water and... more »
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    Getting ready for new NFRC and Energy Star mandates set to go into effect by 2010 is critical
    For certification, IG must pass accelerated weathering tests, which simulate weather cycling from -20 degrees F to 140 degrees F with high humidity and ultraviolet radiation exposure over a 63-day period. Based on the recommendation of the Insulating Glass Industry Durability Advisory Group, the U.S. Department of Energy plans to require insulating glass certification as a prerequisite... more »
  • "I want a job like yours where I can get paid to write about what I did for my summer vacation," my son remarked. He was responding to my comments that I thought there were elements of Roman architecture, both ancient and medieval, that were relevant to today's development of U.S. building codes, and that I thought I would mention them in my next column for this magazine. We had just... more »
  • This is a sidebar to the article A Manufacturer's Guide to IG Certification. What is ASTM E 2190? ASTM E 2190 was approved in 2002 as part of a continuing effort to harmonize North American standards for IG testing and performance. E 2190 is a standard specification for IG unit performance and evaluation designed to be equal to or improved over its predecessors ASTM E 774 (U.S.) and CGSB 12.8 (... more »
  • This is a sidebar to the article A Manufacturer's Guide to IG Certification. Accelerated Aging: Laboratory conditions designed to recreate the normal aging process of IG units in a short period of time. ASTM E 2188: North American harmonized ASTM standard test method for IG unit durability performance testing. ASTM E 2189: North American harmonized ASTM standard test method for testing IG unit... more »
  • This is a sidebar to the article A Manufacturer's Guide to IG Certification. Associated Laboratories232 Wall StreetDallas, TX 75215Phone: 214/565-0593Fax: 214/565-1094 Insulating Glass Certification Council (IGCC)100 West Main StreetP.O. Box 730Sackets Harbor, N.Y. 13685Web:www.IGCC.org Email: staff@amscert.comPhone: 315/646-2234Fax:315/646-2297 Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA)1500... more »