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  • 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 »
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    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 »
  • Like most things on the inside and outside of your home, windows and doors do require maintenance. These products may also require repair or replacement over the lifetime of the home. No products have an indefinite lifespan. Maintenance Like most things on the inside and outside of your home, windows and doors do require maintenance. Most manufacturers provide care and cleaning instructions with... more »
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    Window and Door Framing The most common framing materials used for windows and patio doors are wood, vinyl, and aluminum. More recent introductions to the market include fiberglass and a number of composites. Manufacturers also combine materials commonly, producing vinyl- or aluminum-clad wood products, wood-clad vinyl products and other combinations to meet a variety of demands for... 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 »
  • Fire-rated curtain wall enhances IMAX theater adjacent to home of the Spruce Goose. more »
  • When I first heard of James Carpenter, he was described to me as a glass artist. He certainly is one, but he also is much more. “James Carpenter Environmental Refractions” by Sandro Marpillero is a thorough compilation of the architecturally related projects of the New York City architect. Through many case studies, this publication shows how Carpenter’s work incorporates the art of glass into... more »
  • 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 »
  • A number of safety and security issues need to be considered with regards to windows and doors. Safety Glazing While ordinary glass can break and present a safety hazard, the industry and government have worked together to significantly reduce any potential danger. For example, safety glazing is required by law in many applications. In the home, such requirements cover any glass in doors, as well... more »