Volume 35, Number 12, December 2000

BOCA Members Vote on Resolutions that may Affect the Glass Industry

The Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA), based in Country Club Hills, Ill., recently made two decisions which could affect the glass industry. First, the group voted to approve two resolutions, one encouraging further consolidation of the services of the three model code organizations (BOCA, the International Conference of Building Officials [ICBO] and Southern Building Code Congress International [SBCCI]), which make up the International Codes Council (ICC). According to BOCA, the ICC hopes to consolidate BOCA, ICBO and SBCCI. Under the consolidation of the three groups, they could develop codes for all levels of the government uniformly, while also enforcing the codes under similar structures uniformly. In addition, the consolidation would help the group establish a national certification program for code enforcement professionals.

The second decision involves the future of the ICC Code Development Process. BOCA's approved resolution could encourage the ICC to consider using a code development process that extends rights to representatives of all industry interests.

In other news at BOCA, the group also has united with Central Michigan University to offer a Bachelor's of Science degree with a major in administration and a focus in code administration. The groups will offer the program via the Internet, in an effort to provide code enforcement professionals with the traditional education of a business degree, including accounting, economics, management and technology, along with several specific code-related courses.

"It's been a goal of BOCA to elevate the role of the code enforcement professional and increase recognition of the contribution made by the profession in the area of public safety," said Kathleen Mihelich, vice president for BOCA's professional development services. "Establishing an online curriculum that provides an opportunity for code enforcement professionals to earn a degree from Central Michigan University certainly moves the profession closer to achieving that goal."

ICC Publishes
Housing Accessibility Requirements

The International Code Council (ICC) has just published Code Requirements for Housing Accessibility (CRHA). The requirements listed in the document "constitute a safe harbor for compliance with the Fair Housing Act's (the Act's) accessibility requirements," according to the ICC.

The ICC says the CRHA can be adopted easily by any state or local jurisdiction, and can enable those jurisdictions to enforce provisions that are at least equivalent to the Act's requirements through routine code enforcement activities.

ASTM Approves Specifications for
Bent Glass

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Committee C-14 on Glass and Glass Products recently approved a new standard for bent glass, Document C 1464-00-Standard Specification for Bent Glass. The document specifies requirements for bent glass used in general building construction, furniture, display and various other non-automotive applications. More specifically, ASTM references bent annealed, bent chemically-strengthened bent fully-tempered, bent heat-strengthened and bent laminated glass, and notes allowable blemishes and tolerances for height, girth, shape accuracy, crossbend and twist in bent glass.

NFRC Increases
Ratings Requirements

The National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) has been working to inform manufacturers that all eligible products be rated and labeled for U-Factor, solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) and visible transmittance (VT) beginning January 1, 2001. In September the NFRC approved a new policy to remove products not certified for SHGC and VT from the tenth edition of its Certified Products Directory, with the exception of products for which the NFRC has not yet developed an SHGC and VT rating procedure.

According to the NFRC, the reason for the change is that SHGC and VT ratings are useful and necessary for understanding a fenestration product's performance. Therefore, the NFRC is attempting to ensure that labels on products provide the information needed for these codes.

BOCA Offers New Energy CD

Looking for the most current information on energy conservation codes? If so, then the Building Officials Code Administration's (BOCA) new CD, Energy Source 2000 may be of interest to you. The CD features the complete text of the 2000 and 1998 International Energy Conservation Codes as PDF files, in a printable and searchable format.

In addition to including energy conservation provisions for residential and commercial buildings, and building envelope requirements for thermal performance and air leakage, BOCA says the CD also contains MECcheck™ and COMcheck™ compliance materials, both of which were developed by the U.S. Department of Energy. The compliance materials include software, guides and other materials, which BOCA says are designed to work with the use of the International Energy Conservation Codes and CABO Model Energy Codes.

Energy Source 2000 is available to BOCA members for $38 and list price $51.