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June 17, 2020
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Free Session Tomorrow: Your Code Questions Answered

Tomorrow, Thursday, June 18, at 1 p.m. ET, Tom Culp, Birch Point Consulting and NGA technical codes consultant, will review the current codes and standards important to the North American fenestration market. Topics include the latest updates on ASHRAE, ICC residential and commercial codes and Canadian building codes. He will also provide an overview of changes occurring in New York and California state codes. Register Here

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Green Building Standard Update
By Emily Kay Thompson

Last week, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association hosted its annual Technical and Manufacturing Conference online. Presentations spanned a number of relevant topics, including an analysis of the newly released WDMA Market Study, and updates about programs, codes standards and certifications.  

In one of the sessions, Michelle Foster, VP, sustainability for Home Innovation Research Labs, provided an update on the 2020 National Green Building Standard. For those unfamiliar, the NGBS is a voluntary above code green certification program and is part of the ICC suite of I Codes. It offers alternative compliance for the IgCC.

Registration for the latest 2020 NGBS opened in mid-April and includes many revisions, including an expanded scope and definition of “residential,” as well as entirely new updates for homes, townhouses and duplexes. Foster stressed that the program offers rigor and flexibility. “While it's rigorous in compliance,” she said, "there are a lot of ways [for builders] to gain points. They have more choices depending on the needs of the building." Read More





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