Codes & Standards
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.
For the first time in history, national and provincial building codes are going to include energy efficiency requirements for windows and doors.
In the early part of 2011 during an ASTM task group meeting, the chairman of the Glass Strength Committee asked that a small contingent put together background and history along with information on the use of the ASTM E 1300 Standard Practice for Determining Load Resistance of Glass in Buildings.
Finally, the validation is here. It was a long process, but rewarding.
Bill Lignell Interview with Glass Canada part One
Bill Lignell Interview with Glass Canada part Two
The past two articles focused on the history and updating of the ASTM Standard E-1300 “Standard Practice for Determining Load Resistance of Glass in Buildings,”
Insulating glass standards have been developed over the years to assist insulating glass manufacturers, testing laboratories and certifying agencies in providing quality products and developing insulating glass units that will have long-term performance for the end user.
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