Latest Articles in Codes & Standards

  • Hurricane Florence has dominated headlines this week and last, as the powerful storm brought a major surge and heavy rains to the Carolinas and beyond. With significant flooding affecting the areas, recovery crews have their work cut out for them. While the weather activity along the coast is serious, it still doesn’t compare to the Atlantic hurricane season of 2017. Remember last year?... more »
  • With an emphasis on net zero, where does fenestration go from here?
    About 50 years ago, there were essentially only two window framing materials to choose from for residential buildings: wood and mill-finish aluminum, typically with single-pane glass. My childhood home near Milwaukee was like a lot of other homes that were built following World War II. Despite my father’s best attempts to add “storm windows” (read: putty glazed, ¼-inch... more »
  • Setting standards for innovations to come
    It appears that the future of windows and doors will involve the confluence of technologies that previously have had little to do with fenestration products. Some examples of improved fenestration functionality being conceptually introduced around the industry involve automatic operation of fenestration products, as well as integrated security, locking and alarm systems. There are also plans for... more »
  • Written limited warranties and energy performance
    Written limited warranties are exceptionally good tools for defining the expectations of buyers and sellers regarding a product up-front. However, manufacturers and sellers should be aware that, despite the express terms and limitations of the written warranty, in other words, representations or statements concerning a product which are made outside the confines of the warranty (e.g. product... more »
  • Top window installation mistakes
    Example of an installation mistake in a building under construction in which flashing is only at the head and jambs. (Image by Kaitlyn Rinka.) Installation is the determining factor of whether the performance designed into a window is realized in actual service. Even the best-designed and thoroughly tested product can fail if improperly installed.  Experience shows that there are avoidable... more »
  • How the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule stands to continue to raise the cost of window replacement
    THE COST OF COMPLIANCE:  The length of the required contractor training course:8 HOURS Cost of the class per worker:~$562 EPA registration fee:~$300 Failure to meet requirements of the update:~$37,500per violation, per day Estimated additional cost per Window: ~$120-$200 After completing a federally mandated regulatory impact review under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility... more »
  • Liability in times of crisis
    In the aftermath of last year’s hurricanes and wildfires, and as we brace for the next hurricane and fire seasons, businesses in areas of devastation not only have to worry about their people and damage to property, but also about whether and when they can fill existing orders. This last worry is why a “force majeure” clause is essential to a contract involving the supply of... more »
  • Part 2
      In the Florida Keys, this newer home suffered extensive windborne debris impacts during the storm due to the widespread structural failure of an adjacent, older home. (Images courtesy of the author.)  Editor’s Note: This article is the second installment based on a presentation Dean Ruark delivered at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association 2017 Fall Conference in... more »
  • The increasing role of environmental impact disclosures
    What’s in a Label An EPD “ecolabel” shows some or all of the following impacts, expressed where applicable in terms of equivalent CO2 emissions: Climate change Depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer Acidification of land and water sources Eutrophication Formation of photochemical oxidants Depletion of fossil energy resources Depletion of mineral resources Any harmful... more »
  • Capitalize on capital expenditure transactions
    The manufacturing issue provides a chance for manufacturers to think big and, in the manufacturing world, this typically means capital expenditures. As any GlassBuild America attendee can attest, these large purchases tend to be sources of excitement.  Capex transactions themselves, however, remain complicated and detailed. They demand multiple strategic decisions regarding suitability,... more »