March 12, 2008 | Vol 3, Num 11
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Side-Hinged Door Decision Tops Industry News at ICC Hearings
A requirement for side-hinged doors was disapproved at the recent International Code Council code development hearings... read more

Global Alliance Formed By Leading Window Industry Exhibitions
GlassBuild America is joining with Fensterbau/Frontale, Fenestration China and Istanbul Window to form the Global Fair
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TDCI and FeneTech to Integrate Their
Software Offerings
TDCI Inc. and FeneTech Inc. have formed a strategic alliance to integrate their respective software products... read more

PGT Pares Back Workforce Again
PGT Industries cut its workforce by 17 percent on March 4 as part of a companywide restructuring... read more

Paragon Adds Storm Door Capabilities
Paragon Door Designs Inc. has acquired the storm door manufacturing assets of Medlin Custom Woodworking Inc. for approximately $100,000... read more

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The Talk...

Certification of side-hinged exterior doors should...
...come only with the testing of complete systems.
...allow for component substitution.
...allow for component substitution, except for applications with more severe requirements.

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John Swanson,
associate publisher of Window & Door

S141 failed at the recent code hearings, but there seems to be agreement these days that side-hinged doors should be held to the same sort of performance standards as windows and sliding glass doors. In continuing discussions, representatives of AAMA, AMD and WDMA are trying to agree on an approach that provides the same level of performance assurance, yet still delivers all the decorative and other variations homeowners want in an entry door that the prehanging industry has delivered in its
current configuration.

Prehangers who have successfully combined multiple components from different suppliers and satisfied customers with the performance of their products for years say a component-based approach to new door standards will work. I’ve heard manufacturers of complete door systems argue just as convincingly, however, that it’s not just the components, but how they interact with each other, that determines overall performance—and this is particularly critical for products in high-wind and impact applications.

What do you think? Yes, it would have significant industry repercussions, but should complete entry door systems be tested and certified using the same rules as windows and sliding glass doors? Can a component substitution model be developed that delivers equivalent assurance of performance? That’s our poll question of the week, and of course I’d love to hear more about the pros and cons of each approach. Email me and share your thoughts.

RESULTS AND COMMENTS FROM LAST WEEK'S POLL—"Do you see products falsely labeled to deceive code officials as a common problem in areas you do business?": Most readers apparently don’t, but others see reason for concern. Click here to view the results of last week’s poll.
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