to Pursue Industry Consensus Standard; AGA Stands Behind Code Submission
The Bath Enclosure Manufactures Association (BEMA) has issued a
statement saying the Americas Glass Association (AGA) has again
rejected its request to reconsider an offer to jointly develop construction
and performance standards for shower enclosures and to withdraw
its code submission.
"Unfortunately, the code process has no consensus requirements
and doesn't always represent the industry's best thinking or technology,"
stated the BEMA release. "While the AGA decision is regrettable,
BEMA intends to continue its efforts to develop consensus standards
for the construction and performance of bath enclosures and to oppose
the code changes submitted by the AGA."
BEMA executive director Chris Birch stated, "It is unfortunate
that the associations could not come together in the interest of
the public and the industry. However, it is no longer a question
of standard or code change for BEMA, [as we] simply cannot support
the code change as written. Without reference standards for evaluating
enclosure construction and performance, it is hard to imagine that
code officials will be any better equipped to interpret the proposed
code requirements than they are now."
Donn Harter, president of the AGA said that they have never had
a list of BEMA's concerns regarding the AGA's code development,
but have asked for one several times.
"Our consensus was based on eight shower manufactures and scores
of installers in response to concerns voiced by the public,"
said Harter of the AGA's code submission. "We are still open
to working with BEMA on any changes during the next code cycle."
The AGA's current code submission is before the International Code
Council (ICC) and will be voted on during the ICC Conference taking
place next month in Florida.
According to BEMA's statement, it had hoped to use its "limited
resources" to fund the standards process, [but] will now use
them to oppose the AGA code change.
"Regardless of how well intentioned, it is imperative that
the industry not let government officials or regional interests
speak for the industry in regulating our products," said the
BEMA statement. "Other prominent industry associations and
organizations support the standards approach and will provide assistance
in opposing the code change. BEMA members simply will not let a
handful of individuals determine what is best for the public and
the industry when it comes to the construction and performance of
HERE to read the BEMA press release.