May 23, 2012
The National Institute of Building Sciences buildingSMART alliance released the first-ever consensus-based standard governing building information modeling (BIM) for use in the United States, according to a NIBS release. The National BIM Standard-United States Version 2 covers the full lifecycle of buildings—from planning, design and construction to operations and sustainment. Part of an...
April 28, 2011
Two new technical interpretations for ANSI Z97.1 are now available from the ASC Z97 Committee. The first clarifies language related to laminated and organic glass weathering of colored products, indicating that clear products qualify colors. The second resolves the current question around the utilization of the center punch fragmentation test for tempered safety glass and the particle count....
March 25, 2011
Like the attempt at ASHRAE to reduce window-to-wall ratio in the prescriptive commercial building codes, similar moves to reduce glass have been proposed and passed in Canada, reported Margaret Webb, executive director, Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance, Ottawa, Ontario, at the association's Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.Canada's Standing Committee of Energy Efficiency in Buildings fast -...
November 10, 2010
The International Code Council has voted to eliminate provisions in the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code setting lower energy performance requirements for metal-framed fenestration products than for other types of fenestration in commercial construction. Part of an effort to improve the energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings built to the 2012 codes by 30...
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...
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,...