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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 »
  • Efficient Windows Collaborative Consortium of window and door manufacturers, industry suppliers, government agencies, and academic researchers, supported by Department of Energy, that promotes the use of energy efficient windows. Its web site features a great deal of useful information covering window energy performance issues. Detailed information is provided on different glazing and frame... 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 »
  • Other Publications and Web Sites Behind the Logos: Understanding Green Product Certifications From Environmental Building News, January 2008 Passive Solar Design From Toolbase.org (NAHB Research Center) A Clear View: Vinyl Windows & the Environment From the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Vinyl Institute Hot Topics Handbook... more »
  • Guide to Standards & Tests
    Installation ASTM E2112-07 Standard Practice for Installation of Exterior Windows, Doors and SkylightsThis document practice covers the installation of fenestration products in new and existing construction and is designed primarily to cover residential and light commercial applications. It is designed to educate the installer, builder, architect, and other users in the identification and... more »
  • Courtesy of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association
    The family of International Codes published by the International Code Council is the most widely used set of model codes in the history of U.S. construction codes. In addition to their widespread use throughout the 50 states, numerous federal agencies—including the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Defense—have also adopted the International Codes. ICC is also starting... more »
  • Materials Aluminum Extruders Council Web site features extensive information on aluminum production, processing and recyclability. Forest Certification Resource Center Created by Metafore, an organization focused on enabling businesses to make better environmental choices, this site provides an overview of forestry certification and links to a variety of programs around the world... more »