February 18, 2010
After a tumultuous, three-year development process that included the disbanding and reorganization of the committee charged with its creation, the long-awaited first code-enforceable green building standard in the nation has been approved and published, according to a Feb. 16 GreenSource report.
January 27, 2010
The Glass Association of North America’s ASHRAE Subcommittee, led by Chair Helen Sanders, senior vice president of operations, Sage Electrochromics, Faribault, Minn., met Jan. 15 with the ASHRAE 90.1 committee at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers winter meeting in Orlando, Fla. Representatives from GANA, the Aluminum Extruders Council, the...
December 14, 2009
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumburg, Ill., has released the AAMA 505-09, a test procedure, and QAG-1-09, a quality assurance processing and monitoring guide, according to a Dec. 14 release.AAMA 505-09, Dry Shrinkage and Composite Performance Thermal Cycling Test Procedure outlines a laboratory method to measure the amount of dry shrinkage and retained composite...
December 2, 2009
Previously, reports on the International Code Council code development hearings that ended earlier in November focused on significant energy related proposals that could impact the window and door industry and the approval of a proposal to reference the Association of Millwork Distributors' side hinged entry door standard in the International Residential Code. This article summarizes the results...
November 18, 2009
After nearly 20 years of development, the Annual Energy Performance subcommittee of the National Fenestration Rating Council approved an annual energy performance procedure by unanimous voice vote the evening of Nov. 17, according to NFRC News Now. The AEP subcommittee, chaired by Jim Larsen of Cardinal Glass Corp., sent NFRC 901 to the Technical Committee for review.The Technical Committee...
July 31, 2009
Officials of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance, with U.S. offices in Chicago, announced the continuation of the “Performance Sustainability of Insulating Glass Units: Development of a Test Protocol for Argon Permeability through Insulating Glass Units.” The multi‐phase project is currently in Phase 2: “The Evaluation of the Gas Permeability of Edge Seal Assemblies,...
July 17, 2009
Inert gases in insulating glass units help make windows more energy efficient. A new ASTM International standard provides a long-needed method for evaluating gas concentration inside insulating glass units without destroying or altering the edge seal. The new standard, ASTM E2649, Test Method for Determining Argon Concentration in Sealed Insulating Glass Units Using Spark Emission Spectroscopy,...
July 9, 2009
An update to AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/ I.S.2/A440-08, NAFS – North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights is now available for electronic download from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumburg, Ill., according to a July 9 release. Update #3 includes editorial revisions to the 129-page standard originally published in January 2008...
June 17, 2009
St. Louis-based Solutia's Saflex SilentGlass Technology advanced acoustic interlayer is now approved for use in Dade County, Fla., according to a June 17 release. The technology has passed the weathering and flammability requirements that have been set and mandated by Dade County to allow the lawful sale of the product in the windborne debris zone. This acceptance allows the Saflex...
June 15, 2009
AAMA 520-09, a voluntary specification for windows, doors and unit skylights has been released by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumburg, Ill., according to a June 12 release. The publication, titled Voluntary Specification for Rating the Severe Wind-Driven Rain Resistance of Windows, Doors and Unit Skylights provides an optional rating of the ability of...