Volume 42, Issue 6 - June 2007

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EC-9 Proposal Again Defeated During IECC Code Hearing

The EC-9 IECC code change proposal to allow AAMA 507 as an alternative to the NFRC 100 site built procedure, for the rating (but not certification) of commercial fenestration products, was defeated during the International Code Council hearings, which took place late last month in Rochester, N.Y.

“We are certainly disappointed that the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) committee failed to recognize the fact that the commercial construction industry commonly uses and accepts the AAMA 507 procedure for determining fenestration system performance,” said Stanley L. Smith, executive vice president of the Glass Association of North America, one of the proposal’s proponents. “We strongly believe the commercial construction industry needs more than one method of documenting product performance in order to ensure that projects and products can be rated and certified if needed quickly, efficiently and at a nominal cost.”

As far as the future for EC-9, these hearings mark the end of the process for this cycle of the 2007 IECC supplement. The next code cycle will result in the 2009 full edition of the IECC. According to Tom Culp, a consultant representing the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), another proponent of the proposal, EC-9 will likely be resurrected for the next code cycle.

“It is disappointing that the code officials did not recognize the legitimate need for AAMA 507 in the codes. We had the support of the manufacturers represented by AEC and AAMA, and the glass companies, glass fabricators and glazing contractors represented by GANA, IGMA and GICC,” Culp said. “Altogether, we had probably close to 90 percent of the entire commercial fenestration industry represented, and asking for the ability to use either NFRC or AAMA 507 to rate our products. This would have given both code officials and the industry the necessary tools for helping with code compliance, to the benefit of energy efficiency and the general public.”

ALCOA Awaits Decision on ALCAN Stock Purchase
ALCOA, Kawneer’s parent, located in Pittsburgh, has made an offer to purchase $33 billion in common shares of Canadian aluminum manufacturer, ALCAN’s worldwide business. 

As of press time, an ALCOA spokesman said his company still awaits response on the offer. 

Alain J.P. Belda, chairman and chief executive officer of ALCOA, said the offer was two years in the making. ALCOA was unsuccessful in its first attempt last year to negotiate a merger with ALCAN board members. This time, the company took its offer directly to ALCAN shareholders.

“We believe firmly in the compelling strategic rationale behind the combination of ALCOA and ALCAN and are convinced that this transaction creates substantial value for both sets of shareholders, and for our customers around the world,” he said. www.alcoa.com 

New York City Gets Set for New Building Codes Change
New York City has waited 38 years for a revision of its outdated building codes. The changes are now in sight. The proposed code modifications have been submitted to New York’s City Council for review and consideration. 

“The new NYC Construction Codes will attract new business to New York City as it will be easier for developers, architects, engineers, and contractors, who, in the past, have been reticent to build here because the current Building Code is convoluted and difficult to navigate,” said Kate Lindquist, spokesperson for NYC Buildings Department.

Revamping the building codes has been no small task. It has taken 400 professionals from labor, government, academia, and real estate, the fire department and building trade associations to overhaul and modernize the building code, according to Lindquist. 

Lindquist said the new construction codes will include safety and structural integrity enhancements that are expected to make new construction safer and stronger. 

“In addition, the new NYC Construction Codes will promote innovative and sustainable development. The Codes will offer fee rebates for green designs and require energy saving ventilation systems, water conservation systems, and white roofs.”

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