Codes and standards
You probably remember all the kerfuffle brought on by mainstream media a few years ago over the epidemic of shattered glass falling from high rise buildings onto the heads of unsuspecting pedestrians. People were afraid to walk outside, Toronto politicians panicked and an emergency panel was assembled to find ways to combat this terrifying phenomenon.
Jan. 12, 2017 -  The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released an updated technical information report addressing the most commonly used composite thermal barrier systems. The 72-page AAMA TIR-A8-16, "Structural Performance of Composite Thermal Barrier Framing Systems," was last updated in 2008 and now includes several new figures and instructions specific to testing dual cavities. Updated software and a user guide are forthcoming to aid users in understanding information contained in this report.
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has published A500-16 Building Guards, a new standard governing materials, hardware and installation of balcony guards, including glass balcony balustrades. The standard is expected to be referenced in future national and provincial building codes to prevent well-publicised issues of falling balcony glass.
What are the top barriers and issues affecting the health and safety of workplaces in Canada, and what can we do about them? The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is inviting workers and employers to take part in an online survey that continues the conversation sparked at CCOHS’ Forum 2016: The Changing World of Work, held earlier this year in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The five-year update cycle has come around again for the National Building Code, and one big change commercial glazing fabricators will see is the inclusion of specific minimum requirements for air/water ingress for all fenestration components of Part 5 buildings. The new sections 593.4 and 593.5 of Part 5 will cover air and water ingress, respectively.
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released an updated document describing the test procedures and specifications Architectural Class windows and doors (AW). The AAMA 910-16, Voluntary "Life Cycle" Specifications and Test Methods for AW Class Architectural Windows and Doors, was last updated in 2010.
Aug. 25, 2016 - GANA and IGMA have announced the approval and release of the  Product Category Rule (PCR) for Processed Glass. The PCR is based on revisions made to the Institute of Construction and Environment (Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V., or IBU) standard Part B PCR structure for Glass Wall and Ceiling Coverings, 2014. The focus of revisions to the document was to include references applicable to the North American market, and to make it consistent with the GANA PCR for Flat Glass: UN CPC 3711 and the Cradle to Gate Window Product Category Rule. The joint GANA-IGMA task group led by Dr. Helen Sanders of SageGlass worked diligently with ULe to create this PCR for the industry.
June 30, 2016 - Dip-Tech is pleased to announce the Dip-CMiX Ceramic Premix Colour Guide, which establishes the industry standard for matching color in glass. This pre-mix swatch book functions in a manner similar to RAL and Pantone colour guides. It is designed to effectively communicate colours for printed glass in numerical codes, thereby standardizing each shade for all decision makers in the supply chain.
June 16, 2016 - CSA Group has announced that its key accessibility standard has been referenced in the National Building Code (NBC), an important step toward the harmonization of accessible design requirements.
June 15, 2016 - The Insulating Glass Certification Council (IGCC), sponsor of the IGCC/IGMA certification program, North America's leading IG certification and quality assurance organization, is currently testing a pilot program that would enable IG manufacturers to provisionally certify their products in just 4 weeks. The existing full certification takes an average of 24 weeks. Provisional certification would enable the manufacturer to sell a certified product pending the outcome of full ASTM tests.
June 2, 2016 - The North American Contractor Certification (NACC) program continues it’s upward trend wrapping up a very successful beginning to 2016. NACC added three more contractors, bringing the total to ten that have gained certification in less than a year. In addition several more organizations are working through the process and certification with their approvals are imminent.
April 21, 2016 - The National Glass Association (NGA) has announced it has joined the Glazing Industry Code Committee (GICC).
Manufacturers can minimize their difficulties with on-site or “in-situ” testing by adhering to certain well-established quality-control principles, which can be important to reduce the chances of costly failures. Yes, on-site testing can be a complex undertaking. The number of components that that are encompassed within the scope of a typical on-site test may account for at least part of the complexity.
Mar. 10, 2016 - The National Glass Association (NGA) has published the newly revised Guide to the Glass and Glazing Requirements of the Model Building Codes—5th Edition, a valuable reference to federal glazing laws, local glazing regulations and how they are related to the model building codes. 
Feb. 11, 2016 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released a document laying out the process for determining the thermal performance characteristics of fenestration systems, specifically in commercial buildings. This document was last updated in 2012.
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