Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • ASTM International This organization creates standards and testing procedures for a multitude of products and materials.  Related to green building, it has developed: ASTM E2129-05 Standard Practice for Data Collection for Sustainability Assessment of Building Products ASTM E1991-05 Standard Guide for Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Building Materials/Products ASTM E2432-05... more »
  • Arizona Green Building Program I-Built California Alameda County Waste Management Program Built It Green California Green Builder Program California Living & Energy's Green Green Building Alliance San Jose Green Building Santa Barbara County Planning and Development Colorado Green Points Program Built Green Colorado District of Columbia GreenHOME, Inc. Florida Florida Green Building Coalition... more »
  • The following section features standards, specifications, test methods and other pertinent documents related to windows, doors and skylights used in the residential and light commercial markets. Documents are listed within three major categories: Finished Products Installation, Building Practices & Field Tests and Components The major focus of each document is highlighted in bold type to... more »
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    Patio and entry door manufacturers need to focus on the critical demands of their targeted market
    Given the current market weakness, many window and door manufacturers are preparing themselves for a slow and competitive recovery cycle. Many are turning to hardware manufacturers for help. Component suppliers can offer a variety of solutions, of course, but the best answer for each manufacturer will depend greatly on the market it serves. A common response to a weak window and door market is... more »
  • A closer look at the USGBC program and what it says about fenestration products
    The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Homes third-party certification system measures the overall performance of a home in eight categories—Innovation & Design Process, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Awareness & Education. The program establishes a minimum level... more »
  • A look at minimum performance requirements and available points for industry products within the draft NAHB/ICC standard
    The National Association of Home Builders published its National Green Building Guidelines in 2005.  It is now working with the International Code Council, through its NAHB Research Center, to develop the National Green Building Standard. Based on the National Green Building Guidelines, the standard is expected to be approved by the American National Standards Institute in spring 2008.... more »