New Codes May Take Effect Sooner

In a column in the May AAMA Southeast Region newsletter, Chuck Anderson writes that beyond the 30/30 tax credits, the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act will have another effect on the fenestration industry, as it will step up the timetable for state adoptions of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code and the implementation of efforts to enforce the energy code in states as well.

In order to get their share of billions of dollars of stimulus spending, states (and localities and tribal governments) must update and enforce the new, more stringent codes, the AAMA Southeast region director explains.  Adding that the changes from the 2006 to 2009 IECC are significant, Anderson concludes, "As a general statement, selling an enhanced product versus a base product is usually good for the manufacturer’s bottom line. As manufacturers, you may need to offer some education and assistance with product selection to keep from getting jobs red flagged because of insufficient thermal performance."