John Swanson, editor/associate publisher of Window & Door
You may have a new feature on your window lines soon. I’m at the
AAMA meeting this week and one of the committees here is working on a
standard for window opening control devices. Although not too many
WOCDs, as they are now called, are out on the market yet, such devices
would address the long-simmering problem of how to prevent a child from
falling through an open window while still enabling that window to
serve as a means of emergency egress.
More details on this subject are provided in a recent article in Window & Door
written by Mike Fischer, a code consultant with The Kellen Co. In a
nutshell, however, a WOCD, as defined in a new ASTM standard would
allow a window to be opened a limited amount for ventilation, but
prevent it from being opened further by a small child. At the same
time, however, an adult with no special knowledge could open the window
easily if need be.
It occurred to me as I sat in the meeting
that while code officials and others have been working fairly
vigorously on this concept for the past few years, I have not heard
much reaction to the idea from window manufacturers and dealers. I’m
not even sure how much of the industry is aware of this new
development. So I’m asking in our question of the week. And, of course,
I’d like to get your feedback. Is this hardware something you’d like to
offer on your window? Do you think home and building owners will think
it is a good idea? Will this be a complicated concept to sell? Email me
and let me know what you think.
PS–Look for a full report on the AAMA meeting in next Wednesday's WDweekly.
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