Volume 38, Issue 10, October 2003

Codes&Regulations

Wired Glass Proposal Fails to Win 2/3 Majority

A proposal to limit the use of wired glass, heard last month during the International Code Council’s (ICC) code hearings, received a majority of votes, but failed to obtain the necessary 2/3 majority for passage. The record will now remain open for written, public comment and a final action hearing before the full ICC membership will be held next spring in Overland Park, Kan.

Oregon Sen. Vicki Walker testified during the hearings in favor of the code change. If passed, the proposal would have limited the use of wired glass in all building structures in areas subject to human impact. The ICC previously had adopted codes that limited the use of wired glass in educational and athletic facilities.

“We have seen injuries in all kinds of structures besides schools and athletic facilities—dormitories, sororities, college campuses, apartment buildings, mental institutions, even train stations,” said Walker. “It is clear that the wired glass sold in this country by foreign manufacturers poses an inherent danger to our citizens when installed in locations where they are likely to impact it.”

Florida Building Commission Votes to Adopt IBC, IRC

At the August 26 meeting of the Florida Building Commission, commissioners reviewed the adoption of the International Codes as the basis for the Florida Building Code, “assuming the I-codes would be enhanced by Florida-specific requirements,” reported an AAMA Southeast region news alert.
Commissioners voted that the International Building Code (IBC) would be the basis for commercial building requirements, supplemented with Florida-specific compliance verbiage. The International Residential Code (IRC), also supplemented with Florida-specific compliance verbiage, will serve as the basis for the Florida Residential Code.

In other Florida news, the program for statewide product approval was slated to begin October 1, AAMA reported in its alert. The program allows Florida manufacturers of windows, doors and skylights, as well as other building components, to apply with either local jurisdictions for local product approval or through the Florida Building Commission for statewide approval. The following product groups will be included:1-windows; 2-skylights; 3-exterior doors; 4-shutters; 5-roofing; 6-panel walls; 7-structural components; 8-new and innovative building products.

Info www.floridabuilidng.org

EAC Updates Could Affect Massachusetts Businesses
Topics discussed at a recent meeting of the Energy Advisory Committee (EAC) of the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) could impact some companies with glass interests doing business in the state. The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently issued a news alert addressing such matters. The alert reported that David Weitz, executive director of the Building Codes Assistance Project, said some topics discussed may be 
of interest to Residential Energy Code Alliance (RECA) members. 

For example, the alert said 

that while the EAC “recognizes the current window requirement in Massachusetts as too high (U-0.44), it is unsure of the impact that the IECC value of U-0.35 would have on local suppliers. While there are some areas of the state that would be under a different climate zone with a U-0.40 requirement, the EAC wants to maintain a single, statewide value.

For additions, Massachusetts has a table of insulation and fenestration requirements with “stringency levels lower than IECC 502.2.5. The news alert stated: “The simplified path for additions is not limited to spaces under 500 square feet, as it is in IECC.”

Concerning sunrooms, the state’s code has no “stringency requirements for additions with greater than 40 percent glazing.” In these cases, any type of glazing and insulation are allowed, so long as the homeowner signs a “Consumer Information Form,” which “attempts to alert them” of energy and comfort issues often associated with highly glazed structures. The AAMA alert said this was developed with input from Massachusetts-based sunroom suppliers and installers; the BBRS hopes to reconvene with this group to discuss changes. 

Info call 401/273-0263. 

Briefly …

The California Building Standards Commission has voted to adopt the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) NFPA 5000™, Building Construction and Safety Code™ and NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code™. According to the NFPA, as a result, the adopted codes will provide the basis for the 2004 California Building Code and the 2004 California Fire Code …


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