Volume 38, Issue 2, February 2003
AEC Celebrates One Year of “Keep Aluminum Windows” Program
Since the launch of its Keep Aluminum Windows (KAW) program last March, the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) reported that the initiative has been successful. The council cites the Department of Energy’s (DOE) move toward a de facto “national building code,” as a main reason why it is imperative to educate regulators, code bodies, material specifiers and fenestration manufacturers on the role of aluminum extrusions in both residential and commercial construction.
Since the program’s inception, AEC has been working to promote aluminum extrusions as a “building material of choice,” and not just viable components.
“The KAW program is one of importance to all aluminum producers and suppliers, regardless of their markets,” said David Mills, president and chief executive officer of Azon USA Inc. “Azon’s core business is supplying the commercial and residential aluminum window and door industry. Any market-share loss by our customers directly affects our business. It also impacts the aluminum industry; an extruder who is supplying products to these markets will keep [its] presses running. They will simply look to other markets, such as transportation, etc., if construction diminishes. Thus, the competition becomes fierce and everyone suffers. The job that AEC is doing is tantamount to not only saving, but expanding an entire industry.”
AEC says that through the program it has worked to create a presence before the DOE and other private specifying bodies. In addition, Richard Vorheis of Consulting Collaborative has been retained to provide expertise in residential and commercial fenestration issues.
|NSA Participates in Events Promoting Codes and Standards
The National Sunroom Association (NSA) exhibited at the Tenth Annual Building Professional Institute at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) last spring. The Institute was presented by the Building Officials Association of Texas and the Construction Research Center UTA. NSA also hosted a series of short informational sessions to present information about the AAMA/NSA/NPEA Voluntary Specifications for Sunrooms as well as other related code activity.
In July, NSA traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, for the 2002 National Workshop of State Building Energy Codes, which was hosted by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The NSA exhibited and distributed copies of the AAMA/NSA/NPEA Voluntary Specifications for Sunrooms.
In addition, the NSA hosted three sessions during a roundtable event that offered detailed information on energy codes and provisions for sunrooms.
ASTM Committee Seeks Adhesives Professionals
The ASTM Committee D14 on Adhesives has announced it is seeking adhesives professionals to develop standards with members of subcommittee D14.10 on working properties.
According to ASTM, the subcommittee will be working on the following:
• Task group D14.10.02 to develop a standard 90 degree peel test method to evaluate the bond between adhesives and floor covering and to ultimately improve end products;
• Task group D14.10.06 will revise all sections of ASTM D 1084, Standard Test Methods for Viscosity of Adhesives in order to upgrade adhesive quality-control processes; and
• Task group D14.10.09 will develop a Freeze-Thaw stability test to improve the quality of adhesive products.
BOCA, ICBO and SBCCI Combine Form ICC
In late fall of 2002 the members of the Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA), the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) and the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI), decided to consolidate their services, products and operations of the different groups into a single member service organization—the International Code Council (ICC).
As ICC, the group will continue to develop the variety of educational services, extensive inventory of codes, standards and code-related support products and services currently offered by BOCA, ICBO and SBCCI.
“The consolidation unites our nation’s leading building safety experts under one common goal—to serve public health and safety,” said ICC chief executive officer Bob Heinrich. “This will ensure that our members and the public receive quality technical and educational services that support the ICC International Codes (I-Codes®). The ICC will continue to service BOCA, ICBO and SBCCI with regional code products as municipalities and states transition to I-Codes that have no geographic boundaries.”
“We will continue to work together for the good of all to create an International Code Council that will provide world-class services to our members, the construction industry and the public,” said Heinrich.
AAMA’s Certification Labeling Program Grows
According to the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), its window certification and labeling program has seen significant growth in the U.S. residential window category. AAMA says that based on total windows and patio doors sold in the United States, the AAMA label was found on 60 percent in 2001, growing from 47 percent in 1998.
AAMA says its certification program is a performance-based and ANSI-approved method of setting standards for window and patio door products.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has revised its standards for means of egress, permitting employers to comply with NFPA’s Life Safety Code®101-200 in order to meet safe exit standards … President George W. Bush has signed H.R. 1646 that authorizes appropriations for improved building construction codes and practices in Ecuador, El Salvador and other Latin American countries. The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has posted a free, read-only version of the NFPA 5000™ Building Construction and Safety Code at its website, www.nfpa.org.
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