Codes & Standards
Dec. 23, 2013 - Fenestration Canada will launch two new tools for the fenestration industry with an instructional webinar on Jan. 14. The association will introduce the NAFS online calculation tool and a NAFS labelling guideline document. A demonstration of the NAFS online calculation tool and discussion of the labelling guideline will be presented. These tools are aimed at manufacturers, builders, specifiers, and building code officials dealing with the compliance of fenestration products to the provincial building codes referencing NAFS-08 and the Canadian Supplement to NAFS-08.
Nov. 26, 2013 - Vancouver has banned round door knobs in new entry doors in single family homes and townhomes built in the city, effective March 2014. The ban is part of an update to the city's Building Code, and many reports are speculating as to whether provinces across the country will follow suit. Handle levers are now mandated on all new construction. The move is intended to improve accessibility and safety, especially for seniors and people with disabilities.
Nov. 18, 2013 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has published a standard practice for the installation of exterior doors into residential and light commercial buildings of not more than three stories above grade in height, with surface barrier wall construction. FMA/AAMA/WDMA 400-13, Standard Practice for the Installation of Exterior Doors in Surface Barrier Masonry Construction for Extreme Wind/Water Exposure, is specifically designed for installations subject to extreme wind and water climate exposure, particularly in the coastal southeast United States, and addresses buildings that will be at high risk for water intrusion.
As provinces update their building energy codes or adopt other energy-saving legislation, it is becoming more important than ever for manufacturers to demonstrate the energy performance ratings of their windows, doors, skylights, and other fenestration products. Even though energy codes for fenestration vary by province, manufacturers can use the National Fenestration Rating Council’s independent energy performance ratings to show that their products perform as advertised.
About 50 door pre-hangers and suppliers took in Fenestration Canada’s seminar on NAFS-08 compliance in the Ontario Building Code at the Hilton in London, Ont., Sept. 12. This was just one of three sessions held across Ontario in September. The sold-out room was brought up to date on the new rules coming into effect Jan. 1 by Fenestration Canada technical consultant, Jeff Baker, J.F. Kogovsek of Maxam Marketing and a panel consisting of Haya Soghrati of Can-Best, Claudio Sacilotto of Intertek and Jennifer Wren-McDonald of Exova.
Oct. 22, 2013 - The fall 2013 public review of proposed changes to the 2010 National Model Construction Codes opened last week, running from October 15 until December 13, 2013, on the National Codes website. The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance encourages its members to be involved in this process, as the review includes IGMA's code request to reference ASTM E1300. The National Model Construction Codes, comprising the national building, fire, plumbing and energy codes, are model codes developed by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) that the provinces and territories can adopt as is, or with modifications, as part of their building, fire and plumbing regulations.
Sept. 17, 2013 – The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has updated and released AAMA 925-13, Specification for Determining the Vertical Loading Resistance of Side-Hinged Door Systems, which determines the ability of a side-hinged door system to remain operable following the application of a vertical load along the lock stile of the door leaf.
August 28, 2013 - Significant changes to the Ontario Building Code and NAFS-08 are scheduled to be implemented on Jan. 1, 2014. All companies including window and door fabricators, sellers and renovators will be affected. 
Fenestration Canada, in collaboration with major door supplier members, has scheduled a series of information seminars designed to update door pre-hangers on building code compliance, testing requirements and provide a general interpretation on the Ontario Building Code and NAFS-08.
August 7, 2013 – The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has released an updated standard that establishes minimum performance requirements for self adhering flashing surrounding exterior wall fenestration products. AAMA 711-13, Voluntary Specification for Self Adhering Flashing Used for Installation of Exterior Wall Fenestration Products also provides a method to determine the minimum width of the flashing products and to evaluate the influence of environmental factors on the installation of self adhering flashing products applied under typical field conditions.
July 9, 2013 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association  have announced the release of an interim procedural guide that will provide a documented, optional process to extend current, unexpired AAMA product certification to any edition of AAMA/WDMA(/CSA) 101/I.S.2(/A440), North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights (NAFS) for a period of two years for products that have had no changes. The procedural guide, AAMA 106-13, Interim Procedural Guide for Extension of NAFS Certification was effective as of May 1.
June 12, 2013 - Steve Hopwood, account manager for fenestration products at Natural Resources Canada, told Fenestration Canada members about changes to the Energy Star program at the FC Annual General Meeting in St. John's, N.L., on May 31. Upcoming changes include a new climate map, a revised website and stricter criteria. He also discussed the results of market studies the Energy Star program conducted in Ontario.
May 24, 2013 – The American Architectural Manufacturers Association recently published its first North America standard for multipoint locking hardware for side-hinged door systems. AAMA 909-13, Voluntary Specification for Cycle Performance and Testing of Side-Hinged Exterior Door Multipoint Locking Hardware establishes a minimum performance requirement and test procedure to evaluate the durability of multipoint locking door hardware.
Mar. 20, 2013 – The American Architectural Manufacturers Association recently released an updated standard for the installation of residential replacement windows without the removal of existing frames. AAMA 2410-13, Standard Practice for Installation of Windows with an Exterior Flush Fin Over an Existing Window Frame practice covers the installation of retrofit windows in detached one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses not more than three stories above-grade in height.
Mar. 14, 2013 – At AAMA’s 76th Annual Conference in Tucson, Az., the American Architectural Manufacturers Association announced the intent to update an interim procedural guide that will provide a documented, optional process to extend current, unexpired AAMA product certification to any edition of AAMA/WDMA (/CSA) 101/I.S.2 (/A440), North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights (NAFS) for a period of two years for products that have had no changes. The procedural guide, AAMA 106-13, Interim Procedural Guide for Extension of NAFS Certification is anticipated for release prior to the AAMA Summer Conference in June.
Mar. 4, 2013 – Fenestration Canada will host a free webinar, "The Ontario Green Energy Act Now Includes Windows," on March 26. Ontario announced in late December that windows would now be a regulated product under the Green Energy Act. The changes in the Act took effect on January 1, but the implementation for windows was delayed until January 1, 2014.
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