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  • A pioneering effort to measure wind-driven rain at structural height during hurricane landfall will be undertaken by wind engineering researchers at the University of Florida, with key funding underwritten by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association. The association is donating $60,000 to purchase a precipitation imaging probe designed to capture high-resolution measurements of... more »
  • “In response to a demand from the marketplace for an organization that holds all members on an equal standing,” the American Pre-Hung Door Association has been formed. With about 20 members currently, APHDA recently launched a Web site to spread the word about the new group to the industry. The new organization has no specific meeting plans yet, but is looking to host roundtable... more »
  • What is the best way to reduce the likelihood of a child falling out of a window? This question has plagued our industry for a long time. Many possible solutions have been offered, including window guards, educating caregivers, security screens and minimum windowsill heights. Now a study group of the International Code Council’s code technology committee is considering a different... more »
  • The National Association of Home Builders and the International Code Council will undertake the development and publication of a residential green building standard, according to officials speaking at a press conference at the International Builders' Show last week. The joint effort is seen as a vote of confidence for NAHB’s efforts on the green building front. "NAHB members have... more »
  • Issuing its final report, the U.S. Green Building Council’s technical and scientific advisory committee has rejected adding credits within the LEED Green Building Rating System for excluding PVC products. The committee report now goes to the USGBC’s LEED steering committee, where it will be reviewed again, with plans to look at “larger issues,” according to organization... more »