February 13, 2012
The U.S. Green Building Council announced that the third public comment period for the proposed 2012 update to its LEED green building program will open Mar. 1, 2012. The comment period, which will close on Mar. 20, marks the start of the LEED 2012 program delivery process, according to a Feb. 13 release.This third draft of LEED has been refined to address technical stringency and rigor,...
September 21, 2011
An ordinance approved, Sept. 20, by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors requires that new buildings in parts of the city use "bird-safe" standards that reduce the risk of winged creatures hitting panes of glass, according to a USA Today report.Transparent and reflective glass both pose a threat to migratory and local birds, said Christine Sheppard, bird collisions campaign manager for the...
June 1, 2011
The scope of the International Code Council's International Green Construction Code will remain limited to commercial construction due to the initial approval of one of the Window and Door Manufacturers Association's proposed amendments at hearings conducted in Dallas, the organization reports. Other amendments backed by WDMA removed onerous requirements for comprehensive building service life...
April 28, 2011
Two new technical interpretations for ANSI Z97.1 are now available from the ASC Z97 Committee. The first clarifies language related to laminated and organic glass weathering of colored products, indicating that clear products qualify colors. The second resolves the current question around the utilization of the center punch fragmentation test for tempered safety glass and the particle count....
March 25, 2011
Like the attempt at ASHRAE to reduce window-to-wall ratio in the prescriptive commercial building codes, similar moves to reduce glass have been proposed and passed in Canada, reported Margaret Webb, executive director, Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance, Ottawa, Ontario, at the association's Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.Canada's Standing Committee of Energy Efficiency in Buildings fast -...
November 10, 2010
The International Code Council has voted to eliminate provisions in the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code setting lower energy performance requirements for metal-framed fenestration products than for other types of fenestration in commercial construction. Part of an effort to improve the energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings built to the 2012 codes by 30...
February 18, 2010
After a tumultuous, three-year development process that included the disbanding and reorganization of the committee charged with its creation, the long-awaited first code-enforceable green building standard in the nation has been approved and published, according to a Feb. 16 GreenSource report.
January 27, 2010
The Glass Association of North America’s ASHRAE Subcommittee, led by Chair Helen Sanders, senior vice president of operations, Sage Electrochromics, Faribault, Minn., met Jan. 15 with the ASHRAE 90.1 committee at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers winter meeting in Orlando, Fla. Representatives from GANA, the Aluminum Extruders Council, the...
December 14, 2009
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumburg, Ill., has released the AAMA 505-09, a test procedure, and QAG-1-09, a quality assurance processing and monitoring guide, according to a Dec. 14 release.AAMA 505-09, Dry Shrinkage and Composite Performance Thermal Cycling Test Procedure outlines a laboratory method to measure the amount of dry shrinkage and retained composite...
December 2, 2009
Previously, reports on the International Code Council code development hearings that ended earlier in November focused on significant energy related proposals that could impact the window and door industry and the approval of a proposal to reference the Association of Millwork Distributors' side hinged entry door standard in the International Residential Code. This article summarizes the results...