Latest Articles in Codes & Standards

  • Mulled windows are the darling of designers—“the introduction of light and the feeling of space”—you know what I mean. A proliferation of mulls done poorly, however, can represent an “Achilles’ heel” that can cause an otherwise vigorous company to falter. We have struggled with mulls through joinery and sealant concerns, education in the trades regarding... more »
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    Demand for higher levels of energy efficiency will continue to push the envelope
    Consideration of daylighting is gaining momentum within energy codes. That was the theme of a column written by Julie Ruth in the March issue of Window & Door, and it is true. This article is designed to serve as a counterpoint, however, to her assertion that “according to the two predominant codes for energy efficient construction currently used in the United States, the ideal energy-... more »
  • Adding laminated glass can significantly enhance a window’s acoustic performance
    For anyone exposed to the hustle and bustle of congested urban or suburban life—from traffic to construction to airport noise to all manner of human activity—the need to keep loud noises outside of one’s living or working area is understood. More window manufacturers today are recognizing this need and looking at how their products can address it. The following is a... more »
  • Publication can help residential and commercial fenestration fabricators avoid potentially costly problems
    Improper glazing is one of the leading causes of premature failure of insulating glass units. Whether it is due to prolonged water exposure, improper glazing clearances, improper use of setting blocks and spacer shims or component incompatibility, problems associated with glazing IG units into a window or door can be costly for manufacturers of all types of products. A new publication from the... more »
  • Report says no reason to penalize use of vinyl in LEED programs
    For years, elements of the environmentalist community have targeted vinyl as an inappropriate material for use in “green” projects. As a result, the U.S. Green Building Council has been under pressure to create a special credit in its LEED rating system against the use of vinyl. Keith Christman of the Vinyl Institute reports that the task group formed to look at the issue has... more »
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    Fire officials and others are increasing efforts to protect homes in “WUI” boundary areas, and the industry needs to be prepared with sound recommendations for fenestration products
      If the danger posed by wildfires to populated areas wasn’t on the minds of fire protection officials before, it certainly was after the summer of 2002. This last “fire season” was one of the worst in the nation’s history, with nearly 6 million acres scorched. Some particularly large fires gained headlines: the Biscuit fire in Oregon that consumed nearly 500,000... more »
  • Aluminum Extruders Council1000 N. Rand Rd., Ste. 214, Wauconda, IL 60084; 847/526-2010, Fax: 847/526-3993, www.aec.orgAmerican Architectural Manufacturers Association1827 Walden Office Sq., Ste. 550, Schaumburg, IL 60173; 847/303-5664, Fax: 847/303-5774, www.aamanet.orgAmerican Forest & Paper Association1111 19th St. N.W., Ste. 800, Washington, DC 20036; 800/878-8878, Fax: 202/463-2708, www.... more »
  • Guide to Standards & Tests
    Coatings/Finishes/Preservatives AAMA 611-98 Voluntary Specification for Anodized Architectural AluminumDescribes test procedures and requirements for high performance (Class I) and commercial (Class II) architectural-quality aluminum oxide coatings applied to aluminum extrusions and panels. AAMA 612-02 Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Combined Coatings of... more »
  • Guide to Standards & Tests
    Air, Water & Structural AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-05 Specifications for Windows, Doors and Unit SkylightsThis standard identifies requirements for windows, glass doors, skylights and, for the first time, side-hinged exterior doors. Structural integrity, water resistance, air leakage and forced entry are among the performance requirements addressed. Window and door products are divided... more »
  • The U.S. Green Building Council Organization devoted to developing green rating programs for all types of commercial and residential buildings.  Main site features information on its various LEED programs, rating systems under development, educational opportunities, its trade show and more.  USGBC offers a unique Web site, referenced below, specifically for the residential market. The... more »