Guide to Standards & Tests
Air, Water & Structural
AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-05 Specifications for Windows, Doors and Unit SkylightsThis standard identifies requirements for windows, glass doors, skylights and, for the first time, side-hinged exterior doors. Structural integrity, water resistance, air leakage and forced entry are among the performance requirements addressed. Window and door products are divided...
The U.S. Green Building Council
Organization devoted to developing green rating programs for all types of commercial and residential buildings. Main site features information on its various LEED programs, rating systems under development, educational opportunities, its trade show and more. USGBC offers a unique Web site, referenced below, specifically for the residential market.
Other Publications and Web Sites
Behind the Logos: Understanding Green Product Certifications From Environmental Building News, January 2008
Passive Solar Design From Toolbase.org (NAHB Research Center)
A Clear View: Vinyl Windows & the Environment From the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Vinyl Institute
Hot Topics Handbook...
Guide to Standards & Tests
ASTM E2112-07 Standard Practice for Installation of Exterior Windows, Doors and SkylightsThis document practice covers the installation of fenestration products in new and existing construction and is designed primarily to cover residential and light commercial applications. It is designed to educate the installer, builder, architect, and other users in the identification and...
Courtesy of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association
The family of International Codes published by the International Code Council is the most widely used set of model codes in the history of U.S. construction codes. In addition to their widespread use throughout the 50 states, numerous federal agencies—including the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Defense—have also adopted the International Codes. ICC is also starting...
Aluminum Extruders Council Web site features extensive information on aluminum production, processing and recyclability.
Forest Certification Resource Center Created by Metafore, an organization focused on enabling businesses to make better environmental choices, this site provides an overview of forestry certification and links to a variety of programs around the world...
ASTM International This organization creates standards and testing procedures for a multitude of products and materials. Related to green building, it has developed:
ASTM E2129-05 Standard Practice for Data Collection for Sustainability Assessment of Building Products
ASTM E1991-05 Standard Guide for Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Building Materials/Products
Green Building Program
Alameda County Waste Management Program
Built It Green
California Green Builder Program
California Living & Energy's Green
Green Building Alliance
San Jose Green Building
Santa Barbara County Planning and Development
Green Points Program
Built Green Colorado
District of Columbia
Florida Green Building Coalition...
The following section features standards, specifications, test methods and other pertinent documents related to windows, doors and skylights used in the residential and light commercial markets. Documents are listed within three major categories:
Installation, Building Practices & Field Tests
The major focus of each document is highlighted in bold type to...
Patio and entry door manufacturers need to focus on the critical demands of their targeted market
Given the current market weakness, many window and door manufacturers are preparing themselves for a slow and competitive recovery cycle. Many are turning to hardware manufacturers for help. Component suppliers can offer a variety of solutions, of course, but the best answer for each manufacturer will depend greatly on the market it serves.
A common response to a weak window and door market is...