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The baseline energy code, ASHRAE 90.1-2019, was published in October 2019. The International Energy Conservation Code aligned with ASHRAE 90.1, and changes made in the 2019 version of ASHRAE will also go into effect in the 2021 IECC. 


The ongoing threat of active shooters and intruders in schools, businesses, churches and more has driven code and standard bodies to develop standards to keep occupants safe.  


Several code and standard bodies dictate fire-rated glazing requirements: the International Code Council’s International Building Code, ICC International Fire Code and ICC International Existing Building Code. Another code to watch is the National Fire Protection Association’s Life Safety Code, NFPA 101. 


Between 365 and 988 million birds are killed every year in the United States due to collisions with glass; in Canada, the estimate is 16 to 42 million. Moves to address the problem are coming from regulations, certifications and the courts. 

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Katy Devlin

Katy Devlin

Katy Devlin is content director for the National Glass Association and editor in chief of Glass Magazine. E-mail Katy at