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Window & Door Magazine | Industry Watch Columns

It appears that the future of windows and doors will involve the confluence of technologies that previously have had little to do with fenestration products. Some examples of improved fenestration functionality being conceptually introduced around the industry involve automatic operation of fenestration products, as well as integrated security, locking and alarm systems. There are also plans for electrochromic, thermochromic and photochromic glazing controls, as well as automated shading systems for dynamic control of solar gain and daylighting, and for Zero Net Energy buildings with power sources (such as photovoltaics) and associated control systems integrated into windows. And, even the integration of devices that detect and monitor the status of the window itself as well as environmental conditions and the status of other building systems is a concept on the drawing board.

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Canadian Energy Codes Status

Jeff Baker (Fenestration Canada) presented an update on the status of Canadian energy codes at the AAMA Western Region Summer Summit. These codes are contained in Section 9.36 of the National Building Code (NBC) for new residential buildings and in the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) for commercial projects.Evolving Energy RegulationsSection 9.36 of the NBC divides the country into six zones based on heating degree days (HDD). Maximum U-factor requirements for new residential windows, given in W/m2°C, range from 1.8 down to 1.4 (equivalent...

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NFRC Exploring New Compliance Options

In addition to the NAFS Simplification process update at the Western Region Summer Summit, Joe Hayden (Pella) further reported that recent months have seen significant activity at NFRC, including updates on FenStar, Product Certification Program (PCP) Simplification Initiatives, Residential Component Based Calculation (RCBC) and the NFRC Condensation Index (CI).FenStar™NFRC’s new FenStar Certification Program (FCP) was formed to meet an EPA mandate that the program used to certify ENERGY STAR® performance must be independently accredited to ISO/IEC 17065, as is the AAMA certification program, rather than...

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