Latest Articles in Codes & Standards

  • Windows, doors and skylights sometimes fall under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act’s definition of consumer goods, and other times they do not. Magnuson-Moss is a federal statutory scheme that mandates certain requirements for written warranties. It provides, in part, that the “warrantor” (party giving a warranty for a product) may not make conditions in a written or implied... more »
  • Lessons from Irma, Part 1
    Above: All building products on this new construction home on Sugarloaf Key are certified with Miami-Dade Notices of Acceptance and tested for multiple large missile impacts to both the glass and framing members. No structural or water damage reported at the home following Irma. Below: Debris lines a heavily damaged street on Little Torch Key. (All images courtesy of the author.) Editor’s... more »
  • Can you market your products as made in the USA?
    While it may seem that “buying American” is being pushed even more these days, research shows that consumers have been keen on buying American-made products for some time. A Consumer Reports article from 2015 reported that eight in 10 American consumers would rather buy an American-made product than a foreign one and many would pay 10 percent more for it.  One easy way to... more »
  • One of our member companies recently reached out to our staff to gain some insight on the lack of building code enforcement in Puerto Rico. The member told us the problem existed before the hurricane but is worse now. He also expressed frustration over competing with other companies that regularly violate code.  Here’s what we found out: The extent and severity of the storm damage has... more »
  • Editor’s Note: While Window & Door will continue to report on the codes and standards that are relevant to the fenestration community, this is the last installation of Code Arena by Julie Ruth. We thank her for her informative columns over the years and wish her much happiness in her retirement. Enjoy this farewell from the true professional who helped our manufacturers and dealers stay... more »
  • A call to action for manufacturers
    Legal and compliance issues facing the industry continue to evolve and mature. Certification, code-compliance and best-practices improvement remain key opportunities for our clients in this, and every, year. But there are a few items on our radar for 2018 that, maybe, should be on yours as well. Energy Star Right now, it is fair to say that a lot of uncertainty exists about the shape of Energy... more »
  • In the recent months, there have been several opportunities for Energy Star partners to have their voices heard. In May of 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency invited public comment on existing regulations pursuant to Executive Order 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agency. In October 2017, fenestration companies had the chance to comment on the proposed FenStar Certification Program... more »
  • For Residential Windows & Doors
    As of December 2017 Courtesy of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association How to Use this Guide: A Note of Caution This article focuses on the requirements of the 2018 editions of the IRC and IECC for residential fenestration, with emphasis on the changes that have occurred between the 2015 and 2018 editions of those codes. The user of this summary is cautioned, however, that it is... more »
  • The duration of a manufacturer warranty is generally defined either as lifetime or a period of time (e.g. a 10-year warranty). Have you ever stopped to consider what “Lifetime Warranty” means? Lifetime of what? Is lifetime measured by the life of the product, of the person owning the product, or the life of the manufacturer? The answer is that it can be any—but a well-written... more »
  • Revisiting the most important number you haven’t heard of
    A little over a year ago, we provided a general summary of then-recent events relating to the development and implementation of an innovative conceptual number, expressed monetarily, known as the “Social Cost of Carbon.” SC CO2 is defined by the EPA as an estimate of the economic damages associated with a small increase in carbon dioxide emissions, conventionally one metric ton, in a... more »