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Winter  2001

Codes, Certification&Standards

ASTM Standard for Fenestration Installations Now Established
After five years of development stages, the ASTM E 2112 Standard Practice for Installation of Exterior Windows, Doors and Skylights was recently approved. According to Barry Hardman, editor of the standard, E 2112 offers about 190 pages of clear installation instructions for both retrofit and new construction, and is geared primarily toward the residential market. The standard, Hardman says, can be used with most any residential window on the market. 

“This standard is the first of its type other than the manufacturer techniques,” said Hardman. “It gives installation [techniques] for those who don’t have any.”

Hardman says the ASTM standard committee sees the window and wall as one envelope, and expects the new standard will bridge the two areas together.

ICC Board Introduces Off-Site Voting
For the first time ever, eligible members of the three model code organizations—the Building Officials and Code Administration (BOCA), the International Conference of Building Officials and the Southern Building Code Congress International—are now able to vote on code change proposals without attending a code conference in person. Viewers will hear comments and testimony on all issues and proposals through this system.

“With the approval of off-site voting, the International Code Council board created an opportunity for all eligible voting members of the three model code organizations to cast ballots on code change proposals that will be included in the tally to determine the members’ final action,” said BOCA chief executive officer Paul Heilstedt. “The opportunity to observe and vote on code change proposals without attending the conference is a first for the codes and standards community. This is good not only for public safety and the built environment, but an excellent learning opportunity for all participants. Once again, ICC has made a bold move to demonstrate it is the leader in code development.”

WDMA Issues Warning Concerning Fire Door Ratings and Requirements
The Window & Door Manufacturers 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 area.

“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.”


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