Codes & Standards
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.
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Association of Canada, part of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance, offers a certification program for products tested to the Canada General Standards Board 12.8 standard plus gas content certification.
Jan. 4, 2013 - Fenestration Canada is reporting that the Ontario provincial government has announced changes to its Green Energy Act requiring windows sold in Ontario to meet certain energy efficiency standards. The change takes effect January 1, 2013, but the requirements for windows will not take effect until January 1, 2014. Doors and skylights are not included at this time.
Jan. 3, 2013 -- AAMA 513-12, "Standard Laboratory Test Method for Determination of Forces and Motions Required to Activate Operable Parts of CW and AW Class Operable Windows, Sliding Glass Doors and Terrace Doors in Accessible Spaces" was recently released by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association.
Dec. 6, 2012 -- AAMA 520-12, "Voluntary Specification for Rating the Severe Wind-Driven Rain Resistance of Windows, Doors and Unit Skylights" has been released by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association. The specification provides an optional rating of the ability of fenestration products to resist severe wind-driven rain.
Nov. 16, 2012 - At Win-Door 2012, Steve Hopwood of Natural Resources Canada introduced a number of proposed updates and changes to the Energy Star program. Proposed criteria for adding windows to Energy Star's Most Efficient recognition program were discussed, as well as changes to the Energy Star technical specification, including climate zones.
Nov. 12, 2012 – Fenestration Canada is putting on a webinar entitled Building Codes in Canada: Are you ready?, presented by Jeff Baker, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 1 to 2 p.m., EST.
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