April 29, 2014
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 »
March 6, 2014
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 »
February 18, 2014
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 »
January 28, 2014
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 »
January 17, 2014
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 »
January 13, 2014
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 »
December 19, 2013
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 »
November 19, 2013
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 »
November 6, 2013
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 »
October 23, 2013
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 »