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  • Solid growth is expected in the home remodeling market this year, but momentum should begin to moderate in the fourth quarter, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Sluggishness in the housing market, and specifically in home sales, might result in a deceleration of... more »
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association recently became accredited by the American National Standards Institute as a standards developer. This accreditation includes review and approval of AAMA’s document creation and maintenance program, notably AAMA balloting procedures. “AAMA has been developing technical standards since its inception in 1936," says... more »
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council opened the spring 2014 ballot cycle for comment by current NFRC members on Feb. 7. The NFRC will present and discuss the results at the spring 2014 Committee Week meeting, March 24-26, in Memphis, Tenn. The items up for comment include: Ventilation Ratings Ballot for NFRC 401 specifies a method for calculating a Ventilation Rating for fenestration... more »
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association published AAMA 309, which provides a means of classifying rigid thermoplastic cellulosic composite profiles, and AAMA 311, which establishes minimum performance criteria. AAMA 309-13 spells out the nine-digit classification system that defines various ranges of properties. The resulting class designation number is easily decoded using a... more »
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the final Energy Star Version 6.0 Residential Windows, Doors, and Skylights Specification. V6 will take effect January 1, 2015, with the exception of the Northern Zone prescriptive and equivalent energy performance criteria for windows, which will take effect January 1, 2016.  EPA revised the implementation date for... more »
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council has elected a new executive committee and board of directors. The NFRC Executive Committee includes: Jeff Baker, WESTLab – Chair Joe Jonely, AMSCO Windows – Vice Chair Gary Curtis, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance – Secretary Sneh Kumar, ALCOA/TRACO – Treasurer Jim Krahn, Marvin Windows and Doors – Ombudsman... more »
  • The Window and Door Manufacturers Association revised and updated the WDMA TM 14-13 Test Method, according to a Dec. 19 association release. The updated document describes standard tests required for factory applied clear and pigmented coatings for interior wood and cellulosic composite millwork that will ensure a minimum acceptable level of performance with respect to film integrity and general... more »
  • The Fenestration Manufacturers Association, American Architectural Manufacturers Association and Window & Door Manufacturers Association published FMA/AAMA/WDMA 400-13, standard practice for the installation of exterior doors into residential and light commercial buildings of not more than three stories above grade in height, with surface barrier wall construction. The practice is... more »
  •   The Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office Emerging Technologies program announced it will add up to $1.6 million in new funding to develop a program to rate and certify the energy performance of both residential and commercial window attachments.   BTO’s prioritization tool, used for internal analysis, has indicated that the use of insulating and reflective window... more »
  • The National Fenestration Rating Council elected a new board of directors, effective January 2014. New or re-elected board members include: Joe Jonely, vice president of engineering for AMSCO Windows Paul Bush, technical services manager for the flat glass business of PPG Industries in Cheswick, Pa. Christian Kohler, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  Bipin Shah, president of... more »