Doing Business in Canada Means Knowing Important Codes: Attend Win-Door for the Latest Updates

April 26th, 2011 by DWM Magazine

The Win-Door North America Show, scheduled for November 15, 16 and 17, 2011, in Toronto, will include important seminars on Canadian building codes as they apply to doors and windows, with special highlights for door manufacturers.

The latest codes in affect – NBC 2010 – will begin rolling out across the country in mid-2011 and early 2012. They will require manufacturers, dealers and installers to meet a host of requirements in areas such as labeling of the products for air, water, structural and U-values, according to show organizers.

“As more and more U.S.-based companies take on additional business in Canada, many do not realize that Canadian building codes differ from those used by U.S. manufacturers,” says Kevin Pelley, president of the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association (CWDMA). “It is our understanding that these new codes will be strictly enforced. That means that code officials will be closely scrutinizing product for labeling to ensure it complies with the code, and that it has undergone stringent testing in certified test agencies for a broad range of requirements.”

Doors, windows and skylights will be subject to standards based on January design temperature and 1/50 wind pressure ratings by region across the country.

“Doors have been an integral part of the national building code for many years,” adds Pelley. “However the new code signals a renewed scrutiny. Products will now require temporary and permanent labels. Entrance doors must have a door viewer or transparent glazing in the door or sidelite. Exterior doors will be given a Class (minimum R) and assigned a performance grade as well as be tested for size, positive/negative design pressure (DP), air infiltration/exfiltration and cycles. Exterior doors will have to meet new energy standards and resist forced entry, all while operating with ease.”

To educate the industry, the Win-Door show will offer attendees seminars on Wednesday, November 16, and Thursday, November 17, during the show, led by the CWDMA’s technical advisor, Jeff Baker. His two seminars will cover highlights of the new codes as well as special break-out information that relates specifically to doors and windows.

Visit the show website for more information.



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