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July-August 2002

Codes,  Certification&Standards

NFPA Moves Forward with
Proposed Building Code

 

The National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) building code technical correlating committee has acted to bring the proposed NFPA 5000 Building Code to a vote by NFPA members. According to information from the association, the committee has completed actions on public comments regarding the latest NFPA 5000 draft.

Members of the association were to vote on the proposed code at the NFPA’s annual World Safety Conference and Exposition.™ If approved and subsequently issued by the Standards Council, NFPA 5000 will be the first building code developed through a consensus process accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). 

This comes on the heels of a March decision by the NFPA and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to work together on an energy code. The code will incorporate ASHRAE’s widely used energy standards, Standard 90.1 and Standard 90.2, and become part of a full set of comprehensive codes developed by NFPA and its partners.
AHSRAE’s original foray into energy standards development had been widely criticized by the glass industry for its efforts to limit glass usage in buildings.

“An energy code, based on the widely used ASHRAE standards, will be an important element of this full set of codes,” said George D. Miller, president of NFPA. “As a result of this agreement, state and local governments that adopt our codes will have in place the latest advances in heating, refrigeration, cooling and lighting design, resulting in significant energy savings.”

The resulting energy code will incorporate the 2001 editions of the 90.1 and 90.2, and reflect any updates or addenda to those standards. The code will apply to all buildings, including low-rise residential structures. 

The full codes set from NFPA and its partners will be developed through a process accredited by ANSI, as are all NFPA codes and standards.


AAMA Certification to NAFS-1
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) policy committee had decided that AAMA manufacturer licensees may, as an option, certify their products to AAMA/WDMA NAFS-1: North American Fenestration Standard—Voluntary Performance Specification for Windows, Skylights and Glass Doors. However, in a press release AAMA stated that NAFS-1 does not replace ANSI/AAMA/NWWDA 101/I.S.2-97 at this time. The options currently available to manufacturers are: to certify to 101/I.S.2-97 only; to certify to NAFS-1 only; and to certify to both 101/I.S.2-97. Pre-printed NAFS-1 labels should have been available from Associated Laboratories Inc. beginning March 1, 2002.

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