October  2004

From the Editor


A Standard Update

A couple of months ago, my twin boys, Clay and Owen, and I traveled to Minnesota to visit my brother and his wife. While part of this trip was personal, I also mixed in business. 

While in Minnesota and on my way back through Wisconsin, I visited with some distributors in the area. 
Through talking with these distributors, I found that many are wondering about the status of the exterior side-hinged door standard.

In a recent column in SHELTER’s sister publication, Door and Window Maker, Alan Campbell, president of the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) of Des Plaines, Ill., gave the following background and update on the standard.

“The 101/I.S. 2/NAFS-02, Speci-fication for Windows, Skylights and Glass Doors was the first harmonized fenestration standard with input, consensus and approval by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), WDMA and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). The next version, 101/I.S. 2/A440 Specifications for Windows, Doors and Unit Skylights includes new and critical performance criteria for exterior side-hinged doors. Now, with the inclusion of exterior side-hinged doors, the standard is one of most comprehensive in the fenestration industry. 

The latest version, 101/I.S. 2/A440 had been approved by both AAMA and WDMA, after three separate balloting processes and much work by the joint document management committee and many others in the industry. Plans are for the document to be included in the 2006 edition of the International Building Code and International Residential Code. There will also be another draft after the A440 technical committee meets to consider comments from the CSA public review of the document, but we’re certainly well on our way.
This is the first nationally-recognized, performance-based, material neutral, specification for exterior side-hinged door systems. 101/I.S. 2/A440 establishes minimum performance criteria, performance grades and performance class designations for exterior side-hinged door systems. Other key elements include allowances for limited water penetration designation, cycle testing performance and forced-entry resistance.”

SHELTER will address in future issues how 101/I.S. 2/A440 will affect distributors, if it is included in the 2006 edition of the International Building Code and International Residential Code. 

A great place to learn more about what is going on in the industry, such as the latest with standards and building codes, is at the AMD Convention, which will be held October 9-13 in Salt Lake City. You can find out what speakers and exhibiting companies will be at this year’s convention, as well as find a full convention schedule, floor plan and products preview on page 27 in this issue.
See you in Salt Lake City at booth #812!
Samantha Carpenter, editor


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