June 2003

In the News . . . 



ANSI Accepts NAFS-1; Associations 
Consider Developing NAFS-2 

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has granted approval of the inwod standard 101/IS. 2/NAFS-02 North American Fenestration Standard, Voluntary Performance Specification for Windows, Skylights and Glass Doors, as an American National Standard. The standard finally comes after four years of work by the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association (CWDMA), along with input from the Canadian Standards Association members through the U.S. Canadian Fenestration Standards Harmonization Task Force.

“Though this version of the standard is not widely used in Canada, it does represent a significant step toward achieving seamless business across the U.S./Canadian border for fenestration industry manufacturers, which is expected to come with approval of the next version, and the ANSI-approval is a ringing endorsement that it’s a step in the right direction,” said AAMA chairman of the board of directors Chris Fuldner, also of EFCO.

The first version of the North American Fenestration Standard (formerly, before ANSI approval, often referred to as “NAFS-1”) combines the performance-based standards from ANSI/AAMA/NWWDA 101/I.S. 2 – 97, Voluntary Specification for Aluminum, Vinyl (PVC) and Wood Windows and Glass Doors, and the performance requirements from AAMA/WDMA 1600/I.S. 7, Voluntary Specification for Skylights. 

“Recognition of this new fenestration standard means that window, skylight and glass door manufacturers now have a single, ANSI-approved, voluntary specification document for their products,” said WDMA president Alan Campbell.

The associations already have begun preparing for the next edition of the standard, NAFS II, and the draft includes a side-hinged exterior door specification. It’s currently titled 101/I.S. 2/A440, Specification for the Performance of Windows, Doors and Unit Skylights.

The standard covers the Energy Star criteria windows, doors and skylights, and is available on the DOE’s website at

ASTM Develops Standard for Wood Coatings
An ASTM International (ASTM) subcommittee is developing a standard to evaluate the potential of wood coatings to form gaps and bonding in wood floors. The proposed Standard Test Methods for Evaluating Side-Bonding Potential of Wood Coatings will provide manufacturers and installers with a wood-floor simulation test and mechanical-properties tests to quantitatively determine the cohesive strength and side-bonding potential of wood coatings.

“The wood naturally expands or contracts depending on the relative humidity,” said ASTM standards developer Mark Algaier, vice president for research and development at Hillyard Industries in St. Joseph, Mo. “If the coating is not properly formulated, it allows bonding of the adjacent strips of wood flooring, called panelization. As the wood contracts, rather than contracting as individual strip flooring, the wood moves as a single panel, breaking at the weak point.”

The standard subcommittee is part of Committee D07 on wood. The committee will meet October 13-16 in Madison, Wis., to further discuss the standard.

Robert Bowden Inc. Receives Award
Robert Bowden Inc. of Marietta, Ga., was honored recently with a 2003 Consumers’ Choice Award for Business Excellence in the city’s construction services category, presented by Atlanta’s 11 Alive News show. The award highlights companies that have been identified as outstanding in their industries.

“We are extremely proud of this recognition,” said Steve Cole, president of Robert Bowden Inc. “This is our twentieth year in business and this award ratifies the hard work and commitment of all the employee/owners of our company.”

CPA Introduces EPP Labeling Program
The Composite Panel Association (CPA), which is based in Gaithersberg, Md., has launched an Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) Certification Program for composite panels.
“Composite panels are the first sector of the North American wood products industry to proactively develop an industry-wide EPP specification based on the principles of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing program,” said CPA chairman Wade Mosby.

According to the CPA, the Atlanta-based Home Depot is one of the leading proponents of EPP certification and the company worked closely with the association in developing the standard.

All EPP-certified products must contain 100 percent recycled or recovered fiber content and must meet industry emission standards. Products meeting the criteria will be labeled with the program’s EPP certification logo.

DOE Considers Revisions to Energy Star® Criteria
The Department of Energy (DOE) currently is working on revisions for its Energy Star criteria for high-performance windows. The new suggested alternatives meet the DOE’s objectives of increasing energy savings, meeting or exceeding code requirements and offering a consumer-friendly approach to selecting high-performance windows.

The first alternative would base the criteria on a three-zone map and would focus on maximizing cooling energy savings. The second alternative would be based on a four-zone climate map and, according to the DOE, would result in a higher national energy savings potential, but with lower peak load savings. The revised criteria would affect doors as well as windows.

At press time, the DOE had not set a date for concluding these changes, but had requested 
comments from the industry by March 28.

Deceuninck Acquires Thyssen Polymer
France-based Deceuninck, a manufacturer of PVC-U window systems and building profiles, has announced the signing of a sale and purchase agreement to acquire Thyssen Polymer, the extrusion business unit of ThyssenKrupp Technologies, based in Germany. The acquisition was to take effect in June 2003.

“Thyssen Polymer and Deceuninck have the same business philosophy, namely a strong customer focus, high-quality extrusion technology and the use of self-manufactured tools,” said Clement De Meersman, chief executive officer of Deceuninck. “Moreover, Thyssen Polymer’s range of door and window profiles and geographical markets are complementary to those of Deceuninck.”

MAi Signs on Hampton 
Moulding Associates Inc. (MAi) of Wylie, Texas, has signed on a new distributor, Hampton Distribution Companies of Sacramento, Calif. The company will distribute MAi’s doors in Northern California and Northern Nevada.

“Having MAi doors in stock at Hampton for immediate delivery to the millwork supplier will be a big plus,” said Paul Bellows, marketing manager for MAi. 

Due to editing errors in WMMPA Notes in May SHELTER (see page 24), the article will be reprinted in its entirety on our website at

Also, the covers on the photo were all from TLC Mouldings Inc. in Willacoochee, Ga., and were provided courtesy of photographer Eric Delaforce.

In the March issue, Computer Associates Inc.'s location was listed incorrectly on page 26. The company is located in Smithfield, R.I. 



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