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March  2004

WDMA Opens Up


2003 Standards Update
Follow-Through and Foresight Yields Industry Integrity
by Alan J. Campbell

As we stage our future endeavors at WDMA, our mission statement continues to play out: To promote the interests of the window, skylight and door industry, to increase the use of the products of the industry and to enhance the association’s position of leadership. There are many ways these goals were pursued in 2003, and 2004 will be a further testing ground for the association’s ongoing achievements. 

Standards and Specs Update
Standards and certification programs are a crucial and integral part of any association’s success. In fact, many of the programs of WDMA and other related groups work toward a common goal of providing a quality product to the end-user. 

Here’s a capsule of some of the WDMA’s activities and its standards and specification committees:
• The U.S. Canadian Fenestrat-ion Standards Harmonization 
Task Group (101/I.S.2/A440 Specification for Windows, Doors and Unit Skylights) continues to work on achieving ANSI accreditation of this new specification for inclusion in the 2006 printing of the International Building Codes. The somewhat demanding schedule calls for a completion of the ANSI approval process by August 2004, and then the document will be submitted to the ICC hearings for the next code cycle.

• WDMA’s Hallmark Certification Program is gaining momentum as a qualified program for building code compliance. States that have code acceptance of Hallmark Certification include Florida, New York, North and South Carolina, Georgia and Texas. In addition, the state of Florida recognized WDMA as a Product Certification Agency and a Quality Assurance entity. This means that manufacturers adhering to the Hallmark Certification Program can comply with the Florida Building Code/State Statute Rule 9B-72, which took effect in late 2003. The Hallmark Certification committee was formed to oversee, develop and maintain the WDMA-sponsored Hallmark Certification Program as an ANSI-accredited, impartial, third-party product evaluation agency. The committee is also maintaining and expanding the Hallmark Certi-fication Program for total product conformance to performance attributes such as structural performance and impact conformance to ASTM 1886/1996. 

• The exterior fenestration standards committee is developing and maintaining standards, specifications and test methods for all exterior fenestration products, including exterior hinged doors. An interior door standards committee, formerly the door steering committee, is charged with standards, specification and test methods for interior fenestration products. One of its first tasks will be to develop an interior door environmental standards task group to study environmental standards impacting the industry. 

• The ANSI/WDMA I.S. 1-A Architectural Wood Flush Door Standard committee is completing final revisions and corrections to this standard, including the criteria for “Performance Duty Levels.” The completed standard will be posted at www.wdma.com and ANSI-accreditation procedures initiated. It is expected to complete an important fenestration fold, standing alongside the Voluntary Specification for the Performance of Side-Hinged Door Systems. 

WDMA’s commitment to technical expertise is evident in its ongoing attention to standards, certification and accreditation, and we will continue to take the lead in developing the “landscape” for the growing window, door and skylight industry. The WDMA Technical Guide Plan will help show the way. The plan will, in essence, organize all of the technical activities of the association into a simplified collection of objectives, committee charters and project portfolios.

Standards are an important part of our activities, but our members are the ones who make it all work. Behind everything we undertake are our members, who know that together we can position the fenestration industry as an ongoing success story. 

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