Volume 36, Issue 1, January 2001
ICC and NFPA Agree to Disagree
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
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.
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.