April 17, 2012
Responding to increasing requests from suppliers and their customers, ASTM International has developed the Supplier’s Declaration of Conformity program. An outgrowth of ASTM’s certification programs, the new declaration of conformity provides a new tool that enabled companies to show they are conforming to ASTM test methods, officials state
Sponsored and administered by ASTM... more »
March 27, 2012
In her Code Arena column from the March/April issue of Window & Door, Julie Ruth, code consultant for the American Architectural Manufacturers Assocation reported that states were slow to adopt some of the 2012 International Codes, in part due to resistance by the National Association of Home Builders. She now suggests there have been some recent developments that may improve the... more »
March 26, 2012
The Vinyl Material Council of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association has published a new white paper discussing the sustainability of vinyl. The document focuses on the merits of vinyl in fenestration as well as in other applications–from safety and longevity to its recyclable nature and reliable historical performance.
“Ultimately, this document highlights the... more »
March 9, 2012
The National Fenestration Rating Council is seeking input for its Independent Verification Program, which has been under development for nearly two years in order to meet Environmental Protection Agency requirements as a certification body for the Energy Star program. The program is scheduled to go in effect in January 2013.
Under the program, NFRC-rated and Energy Star-qualified... more »
March 8, 2012
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association installed its 2012/2013 executive committee yesterday as it concluded its spring meeting and legislative conference in Washington, D.C. The WDMA board of directors elected Ann Duebner of Eggers Industries as the association's chair, succeeding Elaine Sagers of Pella Corp.
"As the industry continues to recover from the economic downtown, WDMA... more »
March 7, 2012
Washington, D.C.–The Window & Door Manufacturers Association is gathering here this week for its annual meeting and spring legislative conference. Members were updated yesterday on Congressional efforts to restore energy efficiency tax credits and curtail some of the Environmental Protection Agency's lead paint regulations before heading to Capitol Hill to meet their local... more »
March 1, 2012
Naples, Fla.–While the American Architectural Manufacturers Association celebrated its 75th anniversary at its conference here this past week, it was also business as usual at the meeting. The event featured a variety of task group and committee meetings, with notable developments in the areas of installation and green standards, and an update on a program to enable life cycle analysis of... more »
January 30, 2012
The National Fenestration Rating Council has developed a program designed to help window and door retailers educate consumers, and is now offering free fact sheets that can be used to explain energy efficiency performance numbers.
“NFRC was inspired to start the retailer program when the organization began noticing an increase in the number of calls from consumers inquiring about how... more »
January 17, 2012
The Window & Door Manufacturers Association has released its legislative and regulatory policy agenda for 2012. The 16-page document urges policymakers to consider incentives that would spur the purchase of energy efficient windows, doors and skylights, and also asks Congress to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency.
"This new year brings an election, but it should not bring... more »
January 6, 2012
The National Fenestration Rating Council has revised its annual meeting cycle to include two meetings rather than three. This change will take effect during 2012.
This new cycle is a result of direct requests from many stakeholders who stated they didn’t have enough time to meet and invest the work needed to move the NFRC’s important programs forward, explainsCheryl Gendron,... more »