Codes & Standards
Feb. 23, 2015 - Two new Window Product Category Rules are available for public comment, one for a cradle to grave, business consumer EPD that covers only vertical windows.
Feb. 19, 2015 - The Province has introduced a new Building Act to establish more consistent building requirements throughout B.C.
Dec. 11, 2014 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released AAMA 904, "Voluntary Specification for Multi-Bar Hinges in Window Applications." Last updated in 2009, the document describes methods of test, procedures, materials and performance criteria for determining the durability of this type of hinge used for opening and closing casement, projected and parallel opening windows.
Fenestration Canada has just released two important new documents that potentially affect all manufacturers and prehangers supplying window and door products in Canada. First discussed at the Fenestration Canada AGM and Conference held in Winnipeg in June, both relate to the testing and labelling of windows and doors with mullions. The first document is Voluntary NAFS Labeling Guidelines for Products with Mullions. The second is Recommendation on the Use of Engineering Calculations to determine Design Pressure Ratings of Fenestration Products under NAFS-08.
Sept. 18, 2014 - the RDH Group has announced a new blog dedicated to the application of theNAFS standard in Canada. Written for a wide audience that includes Canadian architects,engineers, and building officials, NAFS in Canada will specifically address issues ofinterest to manufacturers of windows, doors and skylights in both Canada and the UnitedStates.
Sept. 10, 2014 - The Joint Document Management Group (JDMG) representing AAMA, WDMA and CSA, the Sponsors of the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) has issued bulletin 14-01 on the Equivalency of NAFS versions. This document has relevance for Canada as some test labs are currently issuing both NAFS-08 and NAFS-11 test reports, even though the 2010 NBC and the 2012 BCBC refer only to NAFS-08. The soon to be released 2015 National Building Code will refer to NAFS-11 only.
Sept. 4, 2014 - Fenestration Canada has scheduled a series of information seminars designed to update window and door fabricators, builders, specifiers, architects and code officials dealing with the compliance of fenestration products to provincial building codes referencing the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS-08).
Aug. 20, 2014 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released AAMA 663-14, “Voluntary Specification for In-Process Quality Control Requirements for Applicators of Organic Coatings to Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Exterior Profiles," which establishes the minimum requirements for applicators of organic coatings to PVC exterior profiles that are used in windows, doors and skylights.
July 30, 2014 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released AAMA 902-14, “Voluntary Specification for Sash Balances.” This document establishes the requirements for the materials, testing and performance for sash balances used in hung-type windows. It also provides rating criteria and test procedures for qualifying balances to two performance levels and six MAF Classifications.
June 19, 2014 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) have released a User Guide to the 2011 AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440, North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights (NAFS). The result of a multi-year effort by the three associations, the NAFS User Guide has received final approval and is now available publicly.
June 2, 2014 - In conjunction with its Summer Conference, June 1-4, 2014, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released the AAMA app. This new technology companion for the conference is now available for free download in the Apple and Android app stores.
March 25, 2014 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a Standards Developer. This accreditation includes review and approval of AAMA’s document creation and maintenance program, notably AAMA balloting procedure.
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