Latest Articles in Codes & Standards

  • 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 »
  • San Antonio, Texas—The American Architectural Manufacturers Association conducted its national fall conference here this week, focusing on the outcomes of the International Code Committee’s final hearings and keeping momentum in the green building movement. Julie Ruth, fresh off the ICC final action hearings, gave AAMA members an update on what proposals were approved or got... more »
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    Industry offers initial feedback at August stakeholder meeting
    Manufacturers wanting an Energy Star label on their windows will need to make some significant product line changes, including potentially, the use of triple glazing. The Department of Energy issued new proposals for more stringent Energy Star criteria for windows, doors, and skylights in August, and hosted a public stakeholders meeting to gather industry feedback. Speaking at that meeting,... more »
  • Group considers development of its own green rating program
    Hershey, Pa.—The American Architectural Manufacturers Association started work on a new green rating system for fenestration products at its summer conference at the Hotel Hershey in June. The group also heard an update on Department of Energy initiatives in developing new window and door technologies. “We want to be the ones defining what a green product is,” said Tracy Rogers... more »
  • A new IGCC/IGMA program will be owned and sponsored by IGCC
    Whistler, B.C.A.—A harmonized version of the certification programs from Insulating Glass Certification Council and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance is scheduled to be implemented January 1, 2009, reported John Kent, IGCC administrator, during the IGMA Summer Meeting, held here June 16-19. The event also featured the announcement of a new joint industry document on care and... more »