Latest Articles in Codes & Standards

  • Changes to Design Wind Pressures in the 2018 IRC
    The content of the 2018 International Building Code and 2018 International Residential Code has been finalized. We can now start to prepare for the potential impact of these new provisions in the marketplace. Perhaps the most significant change in the 2018 I-codes for fenestration products will be the update of American Society of Civil Engineers 7. The 2018 IRC will refer to the 2016 edition of... more »
  • Should all parts of the law—including building codes—be freely available? This question was addressed, in part, in a recent copyright lawsuit involving ASTM and PublicResource.org. The issue was whether the standards developed and published by ASTM, and later incorporated into laws, are entitled to copyright protection. PublicResource.org is a nonprofit that places legal information... more »
  • Americans fiercely value the right to individual opinions and beliefs, and our entrepreneurial spirit has been credited to this very characteristic. However, when it comes to the development of regulations for the built environment, let’s just say compliance would be a whole lot easier if, at least once in a while, everyone could agree on one best approach. Of course, that doesn’t... more »
  • How to Use this Guide This article focuses on the requirements of the 2015 editions of the IRC and IECC for residential fenestration, with emphasis on the changes that have occurred between the 2012 and 2015 editions of those codes. The user of this summary is cautioned, however, that it is not intended to be a full discussion of all the requirements of the 2015 International Codes for... more »
  • See also Main Article Energy Performance Provisions for design loads of all exterior cladding of residential structures—including fenestration—are set forth in Section R301 of the 2015 IRC. The design loads of concern for vertical glazing are design wind load and impact resistance. Skylights and sloped glazing are also subject to snow load and dead load. Wind Loads Tables R301.2(2)... more »
  • See also Main Article Design Loads Requirements for energy performance in both residential and commercial buildings are spelled out in the 2015 IECC. The energy conservation requirements for one- and two-family homes and townhouses three stories or less in height are also given in Chapter 11 of the 2015 IRC. Beginning with the 2012 International Codes, the energy conservation provisions of... more »
  • The series of columns on the more significant proposed changes to the 2015 International Code Council Group B codes and their potential impact on the fenestration industry continues. This month’s column discusses the establishment of consistent definitions of fenestration in the International Residential Code and International Energy Conservation Code that were approved during the 2016 ICC... more »
  • Tradeshows are great opportunities to meet new contacts and reconnect with old friends. They are also a good time to see what your competitors are bringing to market, and they present plenty of opportunities to run into many old friends. Because ours is a tightknit industry, many of those old friends may now likely be competitors. When competing companies with friendly ties are close together,... more »
  • Update of ASCE 7 likely to confuse design wind pressures for residential construction
    In the last few installments of Code Arena, we’ve looked at the more significant proposed changes to the 2015 ICC Group B codes and their potential impact on the fenestration industry. This month’s column provides an overview of the proposed changes for structural design of residential buildings that were approved during the 2016 ICC Group B Committee Action Hearings. If the approval... more »
  • Did you know a new law is making it easier for a warrantor to effectively communicate its warranty to consumers? This change in the law is designed to protect consumers but may very well influence the law for sales of non-consumer products. The E-Warranty Act amends the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, a federal statute that mandates requirements for warranties provided for consumer products. (... more »