Volume 38, Issue 6, June 2003


AMA and Pilkington Legal Action Fails to Stop Oregon Wired Glass Process

The circuit court judge of Marion County in Salem, Ore., denied a motion on May 20 by AMA Glass, a distributor of wired glass based in California, and Pilkington U.K. against two governing bodies within the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS)—the Building Codes Division and the Building Codes Structures Board. According to the motion, Oregon’s statutes require that the public be made aware of deliberations and decisions of governing bodies and the information on which decisions are made. Plaintiffs alleged this policy was violated when the Building Codes Structures Board held a meeting March 5 without providing actual notice to plaintiffs “who are known by members of the board and its committees to be interested persons.” During that meeting, the board recommended two code change proposals, OSSC-02-54 and OSSC-02-55, which, if adopted, will eliminate the use of wired glass in Oregon.

The motion had asked the court to: 

• Enter an order voiding the March 5 decision and the preceding decisions of the board’s committee and subcommittee that recommended the decision;

• Enter a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction that would:

“Stop the rule-making process from moving forward;

Cancel the ... May 20 Structures Board meeting;

Require the division and the board to reinitiate the rule-making process from the subcommittee stage; and

Require the division and board to give actual notice to plaintiffs of any action relating to wired glass;” 

• Enter an order requiring defendants to show cause, if any, why the requested restraining order should not continue and remain in effect during the pendancy of this action. 


WDMA and NSA Join Forces On Code Issues

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) will now be providing technical support to the National Sunroom Association (NSA), as it will represent the interests of both groups before technical groups and agencies that oversee building codes throughout the country.

“WDMA and NSA have many interests in common, including issues involving energy efficiency, structural designs, general building requirements and product definitions,” said Alan Campbell, WDMA president. “This move creates a synergy that ensures a consistent message is provided to technical groups, improving both associations’ ability to have their positions understood and acted upon.”

Michael D. Fischer, WDMA’s director of codes and regulatory compliance and former technical director for NSA, will be representing the two groups.

“NSA has worked with WDMA in the past on many important code issues,” said Fischer. “This partnership will solidify that cooperation, maximizing our communication efforts and exposure in the industry.”

Through this position, Fischer will focus on regulations of growing importance, such as fire codes, certification and labeling requirements and urban wildlife interface codes. Overall, his work will be geared toward code advocacy, monitoring standards that affect both organizations and helping to develop new standards that would aid local and regional regulatory bodies as needed.

In the May 2003 USGlass, Anthony Ferrara of Graham Architectural Products was identified incorrectly (see page 54). His correct title is director of manufacturing. USGlass regrets the error.


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