Volume 46, Issue 9 - November/December 2007

From the Editor

Rearing Its Ugly Head Again
Exterior Door Standard Has Huge Implications for Pre-Hangers and Suppliers

It has been five years since Alan Campbell, a former executive director of the Window and Door Manufacturers Association, first brought up the side-hinged exterior door standard, also known as AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/IS2/A440. If you didnít attend that educational session in 2002, trust me, there were some raised voices in the room, and I donít think Campbell heard them coming. The feeling at this yearís Association of Millwork Distributorsí (AMD) convention was much the same when attendees found out what the implications of such a standard could mean. Many more exhibitors weighed in on the issue and realized that it could be harmful to them as well.

No More Darkness
Are you still in the dark about what this side-hinged exterior door standard means?

As Peter McIlwee, vice president of operations at McIlwee Millwork and AMDís Industry Standards and Certification Committee chairman, says, ďThis standard requires all side-hinged doors or combination there of, to be tested, certified and labeled as a complete unit for compliance with the standard. The standard covers performance criteria in the areas of: structural, cycle count, air and water infiltration, and forced entry. No provisions are made for the substitution†or interchange of rated components within†a door unit, unlike other standards currently in use.†All possible combinations of door units would need to be individually tested and certified to be labeled. This includes requiring the door hardware (lockset) to be installed during testing.Ē

In laymanís terms, this would eliminate the way pre-hangers pre-hang doors today.

Where Did This Come From?
Ever since Shelter has been covering this topic (See November-December Shelter 2002, January-February Shelter 2003, November-December Shelter 2004, and November-December Shelter 2006), I was under the impression that AMD was working with AAMA and WDMA to develop some change in the Standardís verbiage that would allow pre-hangers to substitute or change out components within†a door unit that passed the testing requirements. McIlwee, in the AMD Headlines column on page 50, discusses how AMD has been working with AAMA to come up with a solution. If you are a pre-hanger or supply to pre-hangers, this is a column you must read. 

The reasons this standard is being pushed so hard are not very clear. I understand that the WDMA and AAMA want to see AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/IS2/A440 adopted into the international codes, but I plan to uncover why thereís a big push and more in the January-February 2008 issue of Shelter. In the meantime, donít just sit back and wait to see what happens with this standard. If you oppose it and are a member of the WDMA, AAMA, AMD or another industry association that has a stake in this issue, make your voice heard. 

Industry AssociationsAssociation of Millwork Distributors10047 Robert Trent Jones ParkwayNew Port Richey, FL 34655 P: 727/372-3665www.amdweb.comAmerican Architectural Manufacturers Association1827 Walden Office Square, Suite 550, Schaumburg, IL 60173 P: 847/303-5664www.aamanet.orgWindow & Door Manufacturers Association1400 East Touhy Avenue, Suite 470Des Plaines, IL 60018P: 847/299-5200www.wdma.com


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