A U.S./Canada Harmonization Task Group comprised of three major window and door trade groups, including the Window and Door Manufacturers Association, has completed proposed code changes with the goal of submitting a revised document for code adoption in the 2009 edition of the International Code Council (ICC) I-Codes. Changes will need to be approved by all three sponsoring organizations (WDMA, AAMA and CSA) before they become final.
According to Joe Hayden, an engineer with Pella Corp., Pella, Iowa, and a member of the task group, the changes will simplify and promote adoption of the standard by architects, designers, specifiers and builders. Some of the most notable proposed changes include:
- Inclusion of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs), also called sun or solar tunnels, with specific type and performance requirements established for the products.
- Reducing the number of Performance Classes from five to three or four, consolidating requirements for commercial classes.
- Introduction of a new minimum test size option. This option was created to allow manufacturers to more consistently test actual production sizes, while at the same time maintaining reasonable equivalence to the benchmarks that have been established by the predecessors for the current code.
“These changes will bring 101/I.S.2/A440 up to date, and help match performance classes and tested performance with real-life applications,” said Jeffrey Lowinski, WDMA acting president.
Kitchens & Baths
Appliance shipments dip
Domestic shipments of major home appliances declined significantly in June, but were still pacing ahead of year-to-date shipments through the first six months of last year, the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers reported. According to the Washington, D.C.-based AHAM, June appliance shipments totaled 8.3 million units, down 11.8 percent from the 9.4 million units shipped in June 2005. However, shipments through the first six months of 2006 totaled 44.0 million units, up 6.2 percent over the shipments in the same time period last year, AHAM noted. The association also pointed out that much of the June decline was in the product category of home comfort equipment. Far more modest declines were reported in the categories of kitchen cleanup, food preservation and home laundry — and cooking products actually posted an increase.
Web site for queries about asphalt roofing
An overhaul to the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association Web site (www.asphaltroofing.org) has resulted in a new source for ARMA’s technical bulletins, which can be downloaded from the site. The bulletins offer clear information on maintenance, repair, installation and weather-related topics affecting residential and commercial roofs.
“Through our new Web site design, we can give suppliers, contractors, building and code officials, and consumers the latest information on asphalt roofing, materials and practices all in one place,” said Russell Snyder, executive vice president of ARMA.
Other special features include a photo gallery, frequently asked roofing questions, information on the benefits and applications of asphalt shingles and an “Ask the Experts” function. A separate section on the homepage highlights the recently formed Quality Asphalt Roofing Council (QARC), an educational initiative focusing on built-up roofing and modified bitumen roofing products, under the direction of ARMA.
Engineered Masonry Top firms form trade group
The newly formed Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association (MVMA) is the North American trade association that represents the manufactured stone and veneer brick manufacturing companies and their material suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the charter member companies of MVMA include: Boulder Creek Stone Products, Coronado Products, Cultured Stone, Dutch Quality Stone, Inc., and Eldorado Stone, Inc.
Its board of directors are: Ardeen Brever, Boulder Creek Stone Products; Scott Ebersole, Coronado Products; Chuck Stein, Cultured Stone — a division of Owens Corning; Tony Mullet, Dutch Quality Stone, Inc.; Mike Lewis, Eldorado Stone, Inc.
The trade group also announced its first slate of officers: president, Chuck Stein, Cultured Stone; vice president, Mike Lewis, Eldorado Stone, Inc.; secretary/treasurer, Ardeen Brever, Boulder Creek Stone Products; and executive director, Russell Snyder, Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association.