Latest Articles in Codes & Standards

  • 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 »
  • Changes to prescriptive values for 2018
     The International Energy Conservation Code has evolved greatly since its first edition in 1998. Overall, significant strides have been made in improving the energy performance of buildings. Based upon analysis performed by the U.S. Department of Energy and others, buildings built to the 2015 IECC use less than half the energy of buildings built to the 1998 IECC.   During this time... more »
  • Applause met the recent defeat of legislation in Connecticut that would have imposed timelines on warranty claims and required manufacturers to pay for materials and labor. From many perspectives, these requirements would have proven costly and harsh in application. While it was vetoed, it is worth asking what the legislation itself points toward and whether there is a disconnect between those... more »
  • With regard to the 2018 International Codes, one of the biggest disappointments for the fenestration industry is a reduction in the number of emergency escape and rescue openings required for sleeping rooms in the basements of multifamily buildings and single-family homes. The 2015 International Building Code and 2015 International Residential Code required EEROs from sleeping rooms in... more »