Tuesday, November 3, 2009

ICC Code Development Hearings Underway in Baltimore

The International Code Council's (ICC) Code Development Hearings are happening right now at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

A number of code change proposals for the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) have been presented, leading to some changes.

EC13, proposed by the Department of Energy (DOE) has been approved. This results in reduced U-factors for residential fenestration and skylights. ICC also passed EC34. This reduced residential fenestration U-factors in the South. This resulted in no requirement for U-factors in 1, 0.40 in zone 2, 0.35 in zones 3-4 and 0.32 in zones 5-8.

If you are in the area, please stop by and visit NFRC at booth #148.


PAMA Discusses Manufacture and Installation of Awnnings

NFRC is proud to have the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) as one of its sponsors during its Fall Membership Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, November 16-19.

According to PAMA's Website, any custom-manufactured awning, typically has is a short lead time for quality work to be accomplished. For canvas awnings, this can mean as little as three weeks. Of course, this varies depending on the time of the year (summer typically is the busiest part of the year), and it is not unusual for this lead time to run longer, especially in seasonal climates.


AAMA 507 Defeated by Narrow Margin

The AAMA 507 proposal to the IECC failed at committee by a narrow margin 6-5.

The AAMA 507 was proposed to serve as an an alternative to the NFRC 100 site built procedure, for the rating (but not certification) of commercial fenestration products.