Codes & Standards
The Ontario government is seeking industry input on a proposal to update regulations to require any windows sold in the province to meet a standard of 1.6 U-factor or 25 energy rating. The regulation would apply to products manufactured in 2022 and later. The Ontario building code presently requires a 1.6 U-factor or better for windows installed into new construction and a 2.0 U-factor/17 ER for any windows sold. Window manufacturers are invited to comment on the proposal here. Deadline for comments is Oct. 30.
Sept. 25, 2019 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated a document providing a standardized comparative analysis procedure for determining the structural integrity of window and door products. AAMA 2502-19, "Comparative Analysis Procedure for Window and Door Products," was last updated in 2007.
Sept. 11, 2019 - Though many of us practice fire drills in the workplace, most deaths and injuries from fire each year are the result of home fires. When it comes to a fire emergency, the Window Safety Task Force in partnership with the National Safety Council reminds everyone that doors and windows are the primary and secondary escape routes.
The Canadian Standards Asspciation is updating A440.6 Installation of High Exposure Fenestration Products and has released a draft of the standard for public review. A440.6 sets forth characteristics of effective and durable installation methods, in both new and existing buildings, of fenestration products within the scope of AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 that are intended for installation in high exterior exposure conditions. .
Just got off a stakeholder conference call with Natural Resources Canada’s Jamie Hulan, a director in the Equipment Division that is overseeing the Pan-Canadian Framework Roadmap thing. One of his co-chairs, Martin Luymes of the Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute, called for everyone to hold off talking about funding for now. To Hell with that.
The Technical Services Committee meeting remains the hottest draw at the Fenestration Canada Spring Conference, packing in about 50 people at this years' event. According to chair, Robert Jutras of CLEB, the committee heard that the Fenestration Installation Technician program is ready to test and certify window and door installers. Some work remains on the test and the committee is seeking more trainers, but some groups around the country can offer it. Attention now turns to generating market demand for the program by engaging dealers, home warranty providers, insurance companies, homeowners directly and/or government construction regulators.
June 3, 2019 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) worked on behalf of its members during International Code Council (ICC) Committee Action Hearings (CAH) April 28-May 8 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. AAMA represented its members, working with other industry groups and interested individuals to take positive action on behalf of the fenestration industry.
May 21, 2019 - ENERGY STAR Canada has announced that the Canadian, family owned company Centennial Windows & Doors is the winner of their prestigious 2019 Manufacturer of the Year award. The 2019 ENERGY STAR Canada Awards are in recognition of excellence in market transformation and the ongoing advancement of the “Five A’s” in Canada: availability, awareness, accessibility, affordability and acceptability of energy efficient products.
May 1, 2019 - As of April 2019, the NRC is offering free access to the downloadable and electronic formats of the National Building Code, the National Fire Code, the National Plumbing Code, and the National Energy Code for Buildings, as well as the provincial codes published by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). Paper copies of the Codes, along with other supporting documents including the Guides, are available at a reduced cost.
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. 
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