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Originally published in Window & Door Magazine.


Key Fenestration-Related Code Changes and Provisions in 2018, January/February (by Steven Saffell (AAMA))
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.


Code Development: A road map of the code development process, October/November (by Janice Yglesias (AAMA))
The open debate and broad participation that characterize the code development process ensure consensus of the construction community in the decision-making process. The American Architectural Manufacturers Association,, remains involved at each stage to ensure members and the industry at large are fully represented.

Enforced Codes Work: Lessons from Irma, Part 1, March/April (by Dean Ruark, P.E. (PGT Innovations))
Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on Sept. 10, 2017. It hit the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane with 130 miles per hour winds before moving slowly up the Florida peninsula as it weakened in intensity. Loss estimates for the storm range from $25 billion to $65 billion, according to a November 2017 article in the Insurance Journal.

Code Arena: Fond Farewell, January/February (Julie Ruth (JRuth Code Consulting))
Thirty years ago, I was fired for refusing to work on a Saturday.

I understood that there were 2,000 storefront anchors that had been misfabricated. I understood the contractor needed calculations that showed which anchors could still be used as fabricated, and which needed to be corrected and what that correction should be. I also understood those corrections needed to be made and all the anchors needed to be in place by the time the nine concrete trucks came to pour the slab on Monday morning.