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AAMA Analysis Columns

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has prompted several government agencies to publish regulations and guidelines requiring that public buildings and multi-family dwellings (buildings consisting of four or more dwelling units) include certain features of accessible design, all of which reference ICC/ANSI A117, Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. The latter identifies three types of dwelling or sleeping units. Each may include balconies, patios or terraces. These are classified as Type B units (often called “adaptable” units), Type A units and “Accessible” units, which are fully wheelchair-accessible.

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Commercial Codes and Standards Columns

The IECC has evolved greatly since its first edition in 1998. Overall significant strides in improving the energy performance of buildings have been made. Based upon analysis performed by the U.S. Department of Energy and others, buildings built to the 2015 IECC use less than half the energy of buildings built to the 1998 IECC.

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Residential Code Arena Columns

With regard to the 2018 International Codes, one of the biggest disappointments for the fenestration industry is a reduction in the number of emergency escape and rescue openings required for sleeping rooms in the basements of multifamily buildings and single-family homes.

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Industry Watch Columns

Energy Star has become a highly visible target for budget sharpshooters looking to reduce the nation’s critical $20 trillion debt—some make a valid argument in this regard, but it’s also a potential excuse to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

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