Volume 47, Issue 6 - July/August 2008

From the Editor

S141: Still at the Forefront
Industry Companies are still Weighing in on Code Amendment 

The side-hinged exterior door standard (also known as S141 and AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.A440-08) is still on the mind of pre-hangers, distributors and dealers who pre-hang doors and manufacturers and the industry associations that serve them. And along with it, Shelter magazine has been in the crosshairs as well.

Shelter has covered this issue extensively since it appeared on our radar in 2002; articles have appeared in the following issues: November-December 2002, January-February 2003, October 2004, November-December 2004, June 2005, November-December 2007, January-February 2008, April 2008, and this one, as well as in numerous online articles at www.sheltermagazine.com and in our weekly e-mail newsletter. 

With such a hot issue, every single group has a different opinion. While the manufacturers and the associations that support this code amendment may feel it will raise standards, it could put many pre-hangers, distributors and small door manufacturers out of business. Both sides believe they have valid arguments. 

The public comment period for the International Code Council® (ICC) Final Action Hearings concluded on June 9, and many industry associations and their members sent in comments on the S141 code change proposal. Now that the public comment period has come to an end, Shelter asked industry associations to tell us what their plans of action are (please see S141 news article on page 10). 

I believe that the code will eventually be passed (if not during this code cycle during a later one). I’m in support of raising standards; however, I know our readers want to see some kind of modification in the standard for the use of interchangeable parts, and many in the industry are working toward this end. This could be a win-win for everyone involved. Pre-hangers would be able to use whichever door components meet code to prehang their doors. They would remain in business and avoid the appearance of a monopoly by big manufacturers—the only ones that would be able to afford testing tons of door configurations (if the interchanging of door components is not allowed).

You can also read more about the S141 issue in the Codes Column in the Only Online section at www.sheltermagazine.com, in which Mike Fischer of the Kellen Co. and director of codes and regulatory compliance for WDMA shares his view of S141 and what it is intended to do. 

I know many of you will be anticipating the 2008 International Code Council Annual Conference and Final Action Hearings, September 14–23, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Look to Shelter to keep you up-to-date on this topic, and I would really like to hear your opinions, too. 

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