In response to yesterday's announcement regarding the passage
of an International Building Code (IBC) code change proposal that
limits the use of wired glass in all building structures subject
to human impact, a statement was issued by Thom Zaremba on behalf
of wired glass manufacturers.
"The vote is a disappointment and was made without any new
technical information or other data to support further restrictions
on the use of wired glass beyond those already existing in [the]
2003 edition of the IBC. However, I believe this change will be
temporary," stated Zaremba. "This same issue has been
raised many times before by corporate interests that compete with
wired glass in the marketplace and each time it has been defeated.
This time, we believe the proponents of this proposal interjected
fatal flaws into the decision-making process, which we intend
to bring before the ICC's board of directors in the next 30 days.
"We believe that new restrictions on the usage of wired
glass are not justified and create serious concerns about the
effectiveness of suggested, alternative products that will now
be considered to replace wired glass in these fire-rated locations."
According to the statement, a decision by the ICC board of directors
on the issue is expected this fall.