Codes & Standards
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.
Natural Resources Canada is circulating proposed changes to the Energy Star standards for residential windows and doors. The changes would constitute a signficant tightening of the standard resulting, NRCan says, in the disqualification of 75 per cent of the Canadian products that presently qualify. 
Big attempts are underway in Canada right now to do nothing less than change the way we build and buy windows. Ontario launched its GreenON rebate program in December, with approximately the same results as a North Korean missile test. It caught (almost) everyone by surprise; generated jubilation in some, anger and alarm in others; cost a lot of money the cash-strapped state can’t afford; and has so far completely failed to hit its target, though the attempt may set the stage for future success.
Feb. 12, 2018 - In mid-December, with little fanfare, B.C. took a bold step toward a future in which every new home, school, office, store — the works — will be built to the highest possible level of energy efficiency.
Feb. 1, 2018 - The 2017 edition of AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440, NAFS — North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights (NAFS) has received final approval and is now available. This standard is the result of a multi-year effort by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA). The updated 2017 standard replaces the 2011 edition of the joint standard.
The document "Market transformation strategies for energy-using equipment in the building sector" lays out a plan formulated at the Energy and Mines Ministers Conference in New Brunswick in August to make Canadian buildings much more energy efficient. It's part of the overall plan to meet Canada's obligations under the Paris Climate Accords to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and it's the plan that Debbie Scharf of the National Research Council has been talking about to industry groups all over the country this years. One section of the plan directly addresses residential windows and outlines an "aspirational" goal to encourage the use of the best technology in windows and reduce emissions from home heating by nine percent across the country.
Oct. 24, 2017 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is currently planning instructor training classes for the InstallationMasters program. Those interested in becoming accredited instructors are encouraged to contact the association now to reserve their spot in one of the upcoming classes.
WinDoor is around the corner and I’ve been helping to put together the education seminars for the event. I’ve found it to be an incredible amount of work, and I’ve only done a small part of it. If you get talking to someone who is on one of Fenestration Canada’s committees, please give them your thanks for the hard work these volunteers do to advance the industry.
Aug. 31, 2017 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) currently is planning instructor training classes for the InstallationMasters program. Those interested in becoming accredited instructors are encouraged to contact the association now, so that as many schedules as possible may be accommodated.
Aug. 16, 2017 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released an updated document to provide a standard method of evaluating side-hinged door active slabs for their ability to resist a vertical load. AAMA 925-17, the "Specification for Determining the Vertical Loading Resistance of Side-Hinged Door Systems," determines the ability of a side-hinged door slab to remain operable following the application of a vertical load along the lock stile. It was last updated in 2013.
Aug. 16, 2017 - August is a hot, fun season full of BBQs, beach days and renovation projects. As homeowners look to beat the heat, running fans or air conditioning around-the-clock, or adjusting their central air to cool, they may find an increase in their utility bill.
In an email to the editor Phil Lewin, vice-president of technical marketing for Vinyl Window Designs in Toronto, responded to Chris Meiorin's Fit & Finish column in the summer issue of Fenestration Review. His comments posted here with permission.
July 12, 2017 - The Fenestration Canada’s NAFS performance calculator is a tool that allows the user to determine the NAFS performance requirements for the local environment. Users enter their province, city, building height, and exposure type and the calculator determines the appropriate NAFS requirements for these conditions.
Let’s say you went out last week and bought a new family vehicle. You did your homework. You poured over the NRCan (Natural Resources Canada) website. You studied the EnerGuide fuel and consumptions ratings. You made sure the vehicle you were about to purchase had the new, redesigned EnerGuide label, detailing everything from fuel consumption to annual fuel costs.
June 8, 2017 -  The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has launched a new website intended to increase ease of usability for members and other visitors. The site’s address has not changed, and can still be located at Join AAMA for a short, complimentary webinar to learn more about the site’s new features on July 18.
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