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  • 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 »
  • Driving door sales margins by offering personalization
    As one of the home’s most important curb appeal features, personalized front entry doors are growing in popularity. (Images courtesy of Simpson Door Co.) “You can have any color, as long as it’s black,” Henry Ford is quoted as saying about his revolutionary Model T automobile. Although his narrow product focus brought affordable cars to the masses a century ago,... more »
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  • The top 100 manufacturers of window, door and skylight products for the residential market, listed by 2016 estimated gross sales
    A Thompson Creek employee works the welding machine. (Image courtesy of Thompson Creek Window Company) Window & Door’s annual Top 100 Manufacturers report details North America’s 100 largest manufacturers of residential windows, doors, skylights and related products, based on sales volume. To provide a little more insight, of the surveyed manufacturers, 34 percent... 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 »
  • For more than a little while in the residential window market, consumers have been faced with a choice of wood or vinyl windows. That choice seemed to be clear cut—though generally available at a higher price point, wood windows offer consumers the look, feel and performance they desired in a premium product, while, especially in new construction applications, vinyl windows were always seen... 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 »