Guide to Standards & Tests
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...
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...
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...
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
Green Building Program
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
Green Points Program
Built Green Colorado
District of Columbia
Florida Green Building Coalition...
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:
Installation, Building Practices & Field Tests
The major focus of each document is highlighted in bold type to...
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...
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...
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....