Codes & Standards
April 16, 2019 - April 16, 2019 - City of Calgary officials say years of advocating for changes to the National Building Code to make second-storey windows safer for children seem to have finally paid off. CBC News reports. | READ MORE
Mar. 11, 2019 - The Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC) has launched the Green Building Market Forecast, a report quantifying the potential economic impact of the BC Energy Step Code (ESC) in Metro Vancouver. The study identified a $3.3 billion market opportunity resulting from materials and manufacturing for newly constructed buildings to meet the energy requirements of the ESC between 2019–2032.
I believe climate change driven by human activities is real and is well past the crisis point. The problem is, the solutions being discussed for the window industry will fail.
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host a webinar on Canadian energy codes and regulations and their movement toward higher performance levels over the next decade. Jeff Baker, president of WESTLab Canada andFenestration Canada's technical consultant, will present the current state of energy codes and regulations across Canada. He also will share proposed changes coming in the next 10 years.Register nowfor "Canadian Energy Codes and Regulations – Where Are They Going?" taking place at 11:30 a.m. Eastern on Tues., Jan. 29.
Jan. 17, 2019 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has announced the hiring of Kathy Krafka Harkema as its Codes and Regulatory Affairs Manager, effective Jan. 14.
Fenestration Canada has responded to Natural Resources Canada's discussion paper on future window and door code requirements and energy regulation. In a document authored by FenCan technical consultant, Jeff Baker, the association has laid out its position on several issues that will influence policy going forward. The response was submitted as part of the industry consultation period that has been extended to the end of the year. 
The Energy Step Code Council of B.C. has released a document outlining its timeline for stepped code changes to bring new buildings built in the province to 80 per cent Net Zero compliance by 2032. The paper mentions windows specifically and suggests a rating system to record the overall energy efficiency of homes. Various incentives for homeowners and manufacturers are also discussed.
Fenestration Canada holds committee meetings in conjuction with WinDoor where important work is done to advance the industry and the association. Fenestration Review sat down with Technical Committee chair Robert Jutras of UL/CLEB to discuss the activities of this group, which informs members about upcoming changes to industry standards and sends representatives to standards-making bodies to provide industry input to their deliberations.
Nov. 22, 2018 - The Fenestration Canada Installer Certification Program has been developed by Fenestration Canada in conjunction with industry stakeholders to provide a level of assurance that an individual possesses the competencies deemed necessary to perform the job function of a fenestration installer. The certification is designed to complement Specifier requirements (e.g. Specifiers/Homeowners wishing to add certification as an installation requirement or companies wishing to add certification as a job prerequisite) and other accreditation programs offered by other regional/national verification bodies.
Nov. 12, 2018 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) updated a document describing a standardized test to evaluate heat build-up effects due to infrared (IR) exposure on fenestration products. AAMA 1506-18, "Voluntary Test Method for Laboratory Heat Build-Up Effects on Fenestration Products," intends to determine the effects of heat rise on fenestration product assemblies intended for vertical installation. This document was first released in 2004. This is its first update.
Natural Resources Canada has released a discussion paper to kick off consultations about the future direction of federal energy standards for windows, doors and skylights. The agency is seeking industry input on the best way to measure the energy efficiency of these products (especially windows), labelling requirements and enforcement strategies. Stakeholders can submit comments to NRCan until Nov. 30.
Oct. 24, 2018 - The co-founder of a firm specializing in corporate sustainability programs led those attending the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2018 Fall Conference in a discussion about why sustainability should matter to the fenestration industry. Tad Radzinski, P.E., ISSP-CSP, LEED® AP, SFP and co-founder of Sustainable Solutions, presented "Transparency Training: Utilizing LCAs and EPDs to Drive Sustainability," which outlined what is driving transparency and why it is crucial for a successful enterprise.
As I prepare to write this column, I am about to celebrate 30 years of “marriage” – in the sense of a long-standing relationship with a supplier. For the most part, it has been a very rewarding partnership.
Natural Resources Canada has released its Roadmap outlining its recommendations to push the Canadian fenestration market to deploy more energy-efficient products over the next 20 years. The Roadmap will constitute part of Canada's strategy to meet its commitments under the Paris Accords to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The document will be presented to the First Ministers meeting planned for this fall. It was developed following two workshops and extensive other consultations with industry and makes recommendations for initiatives to promote and fund research and development, information and awareness, training, incentives and codes and standards development. In short, the Roadmap will be setting the direction for government regulation of windows for the foreseeable future.
Mar. 26, 2018 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released an updated document establishing performance requirements for fiber reinforced thermoset profiles for use in fenestration products. AAMA 305-18, the Voluntary Specification for Fiber Reinforced Thermoset Profiles, was last updated in 2015.
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