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Originally published in Window & Door Magazine.

2020

Field Testing: Common mistakes and how to avoid them, March (by Jason Seals)
While laboratory testing per the North American Fenestration Standard establishes the Performance Grade of a fenestration product, leaks originating from surrounding wall or roof conditions or substandard installation practices can render even this rigorous testing incapable of accurately predicting actual jobsite performance. Field testing during or immediately after construction, but prior to the installation of interior finishes, should be specified.

2019

Navigating Installation Variables, Part 2, October/November (by Rich Rinka)
Last month, we began this column mini-series on installation by describing the two most common wall types with respect to the configuration of their water resistive barrier—surface barrier and membrane/drainage systems—and introduced the two most common types of windows with regard to their mounting provisions (mounting flange and block frame). In this second installment, we summarize how these are properly mixed and matched.

Fenestration Installation: Navigating the variables, September (by Rich Rinka)
No matter how stringent the building code or the underlying performance standard, proper installation is the ultimate key to performance quality of fenestration products. This can be more complicated than it may seem at first glance, owing to the variety of product configurations and the types of exterior walls into which they are to be installed.

Window Market Reveals Opportunity: Latest market study shows continued growth, August (by Janice Yglesias)
The current edition of the AAMA U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast, focused exclusively on the fenestration market, shows that total housing starts continued their growth curve in 2018. Total housing starts growth included gains in the single-family segment of 3 percent. New housing is expected to grow by 1.4 percent in 2019, led by single-family housing starts. The overall new housing market is expected to continue to grow through 2021.

How Standards are Made: Standards development made simple, June/July (by Rich Rinka)
Some 70 years ago, there were essentially only two window framing materials to choose from for residential buildings: wood or mill-finish aluminum, typically with single-pane glass. In 1947, what was then called the Aluminum Window Manufacturers Association issued the first industry standard for aluminum alloys, and for the structural strength of double-hung aluminum windows.

Industry Entities Reach Viable Compromise for Door Component Substitution, May (by Steven Saffell)
Side-hinged entry doors are special beasts in the fenestration menagerie in terms of both the functionality and the makeup of the final installed product.

Key Fenestration-Related Code Changes and Provisions in 2018, January/February (by Steven Saffell)
To keep up with evolving technology and industry concerns, new editions of the 15 different I-codes covered by the International Code Council are published every three years. The 2018 versions, which took effect Jan. 1, are the latest. Of these, the codes of greatest typical interest to fenestration manufacturers are the 2018 International Building Code, International Residential Code and International Energy Conservation Code.