The multi-party effort to standardize performance requirements for fenestration
products in North America has been approved by the Canadian Standards Associations
(CSA). On January 7, 2005, the standard was officially approved by a joint meeting
of executives of the three associations involved: the American Architectural Manufacturers
Association (AAMA), the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and
the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association (CWDMA).
Expected to become effective in 2006, the new document, Standards/Specification
for Windows, Doors and Unit Skylights, now also covers the category of side-hinged
"101/I.S. 2/A440-04 represents years of collaboration within our industry,
yet a few hurdles remain before it will be fully implemented," said Dean
Lewis, certification manager for AAMA. "We expect initial acceptance into
the IBC and IRC very soon, with the final ICC hearing for code adoption set for
September. Realistically, however, it may be another three years before all manufacturers
will be certifying their products to the most current uniform North American standard."
Printed and electronic copies of the document will be available from all three
co-publishers. Orders can be placed with AAMA by visiting the association's website,
www.aamanet.org, or by faxing
AAMA at 847/303-5774.