August 15, 2016
That ASTM Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings proposed an ASTM International standard that will provide a visual assessment and sampling protocol to determine if a dust-lead hazard remains following clean-up of an activity that has or may have disturbed lead-based paint. The proposed standard is WK52690, Practice for Clearance Examinations Following Lead Hazard Reduction Activities in... more »
August 9, 2016
The Environmental Protection Agency granted an extension of the comment period for the Section 610 review of the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule, according to a release from the Window and Door Manufacturers Association. EPA announced the Section 610 Review in June, which is a mandatory retrospective review under the Regulatory Flexibility Act and requires EPA to issue a comprehensive... more »
July 27, 2016
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association released an updated document describing the test procedures and performance requirements for pigmented organic coatings applied to aluminum, fiber reinforced thermoset or wood and cellulosic composite profiles for windows, doors, wall panels, skylights, sloped glazing and similar products. The update clarified the requirements for outdoor or... more »
May 3, 2016
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association recently released an updated document establishing the requirements for materials, testing and performance for friction-based balance assemblies used in hung-type windows. This update ensures the document conforms to the most recent version of the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS)/Specification for... more »
April 21, 2016
The U.S. Senate voted yesterday to pass the Energy Policy Modernization Act (S. 2012) by a vote of 85-12. This vote comes after the House of Representatives passed its energy bill last December (H.R. 8). The legislation makes several updates to the nation's energy policy.
An amendment backed by the Window and Door Manufacturers Association was agreed to before the final vote. The inclusion of... more »
April 18, 2016
Adi Amit, Esq., partner at law firm Lubell Rosen, recently obtained a win on summary judgment on all issues in favor of Window Mart Inc./WM International Group LLC and its owners against a former employee who claimed to have been owed overtime pay. The court entered final judgment in the defendants' favor without the need for trial.
Amit argued that the plaintiff could not sustain his overtime... more »
August 10, 2015
Last week, legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate that would reform the Environmental Protection Agency's Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule to reduce the burden the rule has placed on the home retrofit market while protecting pregnant women and small children from lead hazards, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association reports.
The "Lead Exposure Reduction... more »
April 30, 2013
Recent code editions previously have prescribed requirements for minimum sill heights in new construction to lessen the risk of a fall through a window opening. That minimum height may be avoided if the opening is filled with a window that will not open, or if the unit is equipped with a fall prevention device, such as a window opening control device (WOCD).
While jurisdictions across the country... more »
January 7, 2013
The Affordable Care Act requires reporting of the aggregate cost of applicable employer-sponsored coverage on an employee's W-2 Wage and Tax Statement. According to Internal Revenue Service Notice 2010-69, reporting was optional for all employers in 2011 and for employers issuing less than 250 W-2 forms in 2012.
However, reporting will be required on the W-2 form issued in January 2013 for... more »
November 2, 2012
As the economy–fingers crossed–starts to pick up again and consumers find themselves motivated to spend hard-earned dollars, window and door companies will hire more employees. If you're in that position, you’ll want to hire the “right” person. And to help find the "right person," your company may be planning to perform background checks.
Background... more »