Volume 38, Issue 9, September 2003


AAMA Expands InstallationMasters™ Program for Window Installers

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) of Schaumburg, Ill., has broadened the scope of its InstallationMasters™ program and established a new entity, the InstallationMasters Institute, devoted solely to training and certifying window installers. Governed by its own board, this new institute is completely separate from AAMA.

By offering instructor accreditation to those outside the window-manufacturing sphere, AAMA has increased the availability of InstallationMasters classes throughout the nation. Window installation companies, manufacturers of related building components, educators, consultants and other qualifying parties who have been accredited to teach the program may now conduct training classes.
“Until the InstallationMasters program was thoroughly tested and refined, we had limited accredited instructors to only manufacturers of fenestration products, who used it to train their customers’ window installers,” said Larry Livermore, AAMA’s installation program manager. “Our first goals were to develop an effective training program and launch it within a manageably sized target audience. With those goals met, the program has been expanded to make it more readily available to builders and subcontractors. In addition, a policy change now allows trainee-level workers to participate in the program, which expands the course’s qualifying criteria for registrants.”

According to Livermore, qualifications remain the same for an experienced installer to become certified as an InstallationMaster. Prior to attending the course, the candidate must have at least 12 months of field experience working as an installer, apprentice or helper involved in physically installing windows. Upon completing the course and passing the written exam, the candidate becomes certified.

A trainee-level installer—a registrant having less than 12 months field experience—who completes the course successfully is awarded an InstallationMaster trainee card. After a year of working in the field and successfully passing the exam, the cardholder becomes certified as an InstallationMaster.

InstallationMasters is a nationwide training and certification program for installers of residential and light commercial windows and patio doors, developed by AAMA. The program covers numerous topics, ranging from the proper selection and use of installation materials to final cleaning and product maintenance.

Info www.aamainstallationmasters.com or call 540/877-9957.

Changes Made to 
Florida Building Code

During a recent Florida building code meeting, a rule change was adopted that will require labeling and third-party certification for the seven product groups listed in the Florida building code. 

This change affects the fenestration industry in a number of ways. Local authorities now will approve products by inspecting the certification labels of approved certification agencies. In addition, statewide approval for products such as double-hungs, casement and doors, can be applied for through the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The charge is $300 per product group and the DCA will issue an approval number to the manufacturer, which will be recognized by all local authorities without any other application and/or permit requirements.

The official date for enactment of the product approval system is October 1, 2003.

ASTM Launches New Internet System
ASTM International of West Conshohocken, Pa., has announced the launch of a new Internet-based system designed to initiate, develop and track draft standards and revisions before and during their balloting stage.

The new work item registration system, which is accessible from the ASTM website, www.astm.org, adds increased openness and transparency to ASTM’s consensus standards development process. According to ASTM, any interested individual from anywhere in the world who wants to know whether ASTM is developing or revising a specific standard can access the information online. Users will be able to utilize the system to perform keyword searches about new standards and revisions, view a committee’s jurisdiction for the item in question and sign up for a free e-mail advisory service that provides notification of new work items.

“Transparency in the standards development process has always been one of the guiding principles at ASTM,” said president James A. Thomas. “With the launch of our work item registration system we have taken transparency to an even higher level. The added openness, available to everybody, contributes to a better understanding of the work being performed by ASTM members.”

Info  www.astm.org or call 610/832-9500.

Energy Star® Raises Its Bar

After a lengthy review process, the U.S. Department of Energy has issued revised qualifying criteria for the Energy Star windows, doors and skylights program that tighten eligibility requirements and add a fourth climate zone.

The new zones and qualifying criteria for windows and doors are:

Northern zone: U-factor less than or equal to 0.35;Image rendering created and provided by NFRC.

North/central zone: U-factor less than or equal to 0.40; SHGC less than or equal to 0.55;

South/central zone: U-factor less than or equal to 0.40; SHGC less than or equal to 0.40; and

Southern zone: U-factor less than or equal to 0.65; SHGC less than or equal to 0.40;

The new zones and qualifying criteria for skylights are:

Northern zone: U-factor less than or equal to 0.60;

North/central zone: U-factor less than or equal to 0.60; SHGC less than or equal to 0.40;

South/central zone: U-factor less than or equal to 0.60; SHGC less than or equal to 0.40; and

Southern zone: U-factor less than or equal to 0.75; SHGC less than or equal to 0.40.

Info www.doe.gov.

Intertek and FBMA Launch Certification Program
The ETL SEMKO division of Boxborough, Mass.-based Intertek and the Florida Building Material Association (FBMA) have introduced a new structural certification program for hinged entry door systems. The company says its new program, known as the AccessAbility structural certification program, provides exterior side-hinged door assemblers, or prehangers, with a way to demonstrate compliance with the new product approval requirements of the Florida Building Code (FBC).
According to information from Intertek and the FBMA, the FBC says that all structural door products and systems used in both residential and commercial building projects in the state of Florida must demonstrate that they have been manufactured under a quality assurance program that is audited by a third-party quality-assurance entity, beginning October 1, 2003.

The FBC says products will be code-compliant if they bear:

• A certification mark;

• Proof of testing by a third party;

• Proof of evaluation by an evaluation entity; or

• Proof of evaluation by a registered architect or an evaluation engineer.

Both groups contend that before the certification the only way to show compliance to FBC structural and hurricane wind requirements was through complex documentation. Door prehangers often had to provide contractors and building officials to show that a professional engineer had tested the door to the FBC’s requirements as being compliant.

The Intertek/FBMA program provides prehangers with a system for streamlining the acceptance of assembled door systems through easy, cost-effective access to a certification mark, Intertek’s Warnock Hersey Mark.

“The universal acceptance of Intertek’s Warnock Hersey Mark, together with our repository of certified components, facilitates the compliance process while promoting business opportunities for prehangers and their supply chain partners,” said Darrell Lehman, Intertek’s national sales manager. “Knowing that this mandate was coming, the FBMA sought a partner with a global reach that would help them to provide their members with a simpler solution and a competitive edge through immediate access to thousands of recognized components worldwide.”

Info www.intertek-etlsemko.com or call 888/998-4376. 


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