Volume 2   Issue 3               Fall 2001

Codes, Certification&Standards

IGMA Says ASTM Nears Adoption of HIGS

The Insulating Glass Manufac-turers Alliance (IGMA) has announced that in October 2001, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) will adopt its North American Harmonized Insulating Glass Standard (HIGS) and will assign it an identification number as an ASTM-published standard. In addition, IGMA has approached the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) about the standard, and once discussions are underway, plans to update members via its Canadian website.

In the meantime, the certification process will continue on a “business-as-usual” basis with Canadian product lines certified to the CGSB 12.8 standard for Canadian use and U.S. product lines certified to the ASTM E773 and E774.

As ASTM nears adoption of HIGS, IGMA has formed a task group to work on developing the framework for a North American Certification Program. The committee is chaired by Kristin Gray of H.B. Fuller. Other committee members include: Oak Moser of Cardinal IG, Ray Wakefield of Trulite Industries, Bill Lingnell, representing IGMA as technical consultant and Robert Rivard of IGMA.

The task group will examine the current IGMA certification program model as well as other Canadian and U.S. certification programs to develop the best program for serving the U.S. and Canadian markets. The task group will address issues such as auditor education, third-party accreditation of testing facilities, ensuring that public interest groups are represented and that the governing certification council remains independent from the IGMA board of directors.

In addition, IGMA hopes to provide other services for program participants such as technical publications, manuals, reports and bulletins.

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WDMA Issues Warning Concerning Fire Door Ratings and Requirements

The Window & Door Manu-facturers Association (WDMA), based in Des Plaines, Ill., recently issued a technical bulletin reminding its members that 35 states have plans to adopt positive pressure requirements for fire doors by 2003. In the bulletin, the WDMA reminds members that door manufacturers are not responsible for interpreting the code; instead, it is up to architects, contractors and distributors to be aware of the requirements in their areas.

“All fire doors must meet the requirements of recognized fire door tests and bear certifying labels of an independent testing agency approved by the official,” reads the bulletin. “Installation is required to be in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Publication NFPA 80, ‘Standard for Fire Doors and Fire Windows.’ Machined fire doors shall be provided with detailed installation instructions when doors bear a label indicating compliance to UBC 7-2-1997 or UL 10C.”


WDMA and AAMA Approve North American Fenestration Standard

The North American Fenestration Standard has been successfully balloted to both the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), according to Alan Campbell, WDMA president. Now that the membership of both associations has approved the standard, they are seeking the approval of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which Campbell said he hopes will come by the end of the year.

“Once it’s ANSI-approved, we expect it to gain acceptance throughout North America,” he said.

The standard is a comprehensive standard that combines the U.S. fenestration standard, AAMA/WDMA 101-IS2 standard, the new AAMA/WDMA skylight standard and Canada’s fenestration standard, A440, into one standard for all of North America. The standard will speak to the concerns of manufacturers, architects, designers, etc., involved in the fenestration process, Campbell said.

Copies of the standard are available on WDMA’s website at www.wdma.org and the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association website at www.cwdma.ca

BHMA Selects ETL SEMKO to Serve as Third-Party Testing Lab

ETL SEMKO, the American division of Intertek Testing Services (ITS) of Boxborough, Mass., was recently selected by the Building Hardware Manufacturers Assoc-iation (BHMA) as its independent third-party testing, verification and auditing laboratory for three of its new certification programs. In accordance with the three programs —Butts and Hinges, Thresholds and Gasketing Systems—Intertek Testing Services will perform annual selections, tests, evaluations and field audits of the participants’ listed certified products, providing specifiers, architects and contractors with independent assurance of a product’s quality, uniformity and project suitability.

“ITS is pleased to have again been selected to lend its testing, validation and auditing expertise to BHMA and its participants,” said Nigel Stamp, business manager for ITS.

BHMA certification designates that only those products verified by an independent laboratory and have repeatedly meet or exceed the criteria of the applicable ANSI/BHMA A156 standard are allowed to use the BHMS mark and remain listed in the BHMA Directory of Specified Products.

In addition, ITS ETL SEMKO has been selected to perform fire safety tests of shipboard doors and windows for the U.S. Coast Guard. Its Antioch, Calif., facility will conduct the testing on fire doors and windows for class “A” and “B” division vessels to ensure compliance with the International Maritime Organization Resolution MSC.61(67) and the International Code of Application Fire Test Procedures.

NFRC Approves New Technical Procedure 

The Board of Directors of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), which is based in Silver Spring, Md., has approved a technical procedure for rating how fenestration products resist the formation of condensation. The rating is determined using a pre-specified set of environmental conditions.

The board’s approval will permit residential and commercial manufacturers of windows, doors and skylights to obtain a condensation rating in conjunction with other NFRC thermal performance ratings such as U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient and visible light transmittance. With approval of the technical procedure, the certification division immediately began the development of the procedures necessary to allow NFRC program participants to include the condensation resistance rating on the NFRC energy performance label.

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