Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • For more than a little while in the residential window market, consumers have been faced with a choice of wood or vinyl windows. That choice seemed to be clear cut—though generally available at a higher price point, wood windows offer consumers the look, feel and performance they desired in a premium product, while, especially in new construction applications, vinyl windows were always seen... more »
  • Americans fiercely value the right to individual opinions and beliefs, and our entrepreneurial spirit has been credited to this very characteristic. However, when it comes to the development of regulations for the built environment, let’s just say compliance would be a whole lot easier if, at least once in a while, everyone could agree on one best approach. Of course, that doesn’t... more »
  • How to Use this Guide This article focuses on the requirements of the 2015 editions of the IRC and IECC for residential fenestration, with emphasis on the changes that have occurred between the 2012 and 2015 editions of those codes. The user of this summary is cautioned, however, that it is not intended to be a full discussion of all the requirements of the 2015 International Codes for... more »
  • See also Main Article Energy Performance Provisions for design loads of all exterior cladding of residential structures—including fenestration—are set forth in Section R301 of the 2015 IRC. The design loads of concern for vertical glazing are design wind load and impact resistance. Skylights and sloped glazing are also subject to snow load and dead load. Wind Loads Tables R301.2(2)... more »
  • See also Main Article Design Loads Requirements for energy performance in both residential and commercial buildings are spelled out in the 2015 IECC. The energy conservation requirements for one- and two-family homes and townhouses three stories or less in height are also given in Chapter 11 of the 2015 IRC. Beginning with the 2012 International Codes, the energy conservation provisions of... more »
  • The series of columns on the more significant proposed changes to the 2015 International Code Council Group B codes and their potential impact on the fenestration industry continues. This month’s column discusses the establishment of consistent definitions of fenestration in the International Residential Code and International Energy Conservation Code that were approved during the 2016 ICC... more »
  • Tradeshows are great opportunities to meet new contacts and reconnect with old friends. They are also a good time to see what your competitors are bringing to market, and they present plenty of opportunities to run into many old friends. Because ours is a tightknit industry, many of those old friends may now likely be competitors. When competing companies with friendly ties are close together,... more »
  • Update of ASCE 7 likely to confuse design wind pressures for residential construction
    In the last few installments of Code Arena, we’ve looked at the more significant proposed changes to the 2015 ICC Group B codes and their potential impact on the fenestration industry. This month’s column provides an overview of the proposed changes for structural design of residential buildings that were approved during the 2016 ICC Group B Committee Action Hearings. If the approval... more »
  • Submit information on your energy efficient windows & doors for the residential market
    The October/November issue of Window & Door magazine will feature a special product section all about energy efficient products in the residential fenestration space. To be included, fill out the form below by Thursday, September 8. *All submissions will be edited according to Window & Door style guidelines. Products will be included in the print edition as space is available,... more »
  • How dynamic glass is changing fenestration
    There is a lot of talk about dynamic glass these days, but there are still many misperceptions about what it exactly is. Dynamic glass is glass that changes visible light transmission and solar heat gain properties with the application of voltage, light or heat. There are four different ways to achieve this: Liquid Crystal Display/ Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal/Suspended Particle Display for... more »