A proposal to label windows installed as an “Emergency Escape and Rescue Opening” was heard today during the International Code Council’s Final Action hearings being held in Dallas.

Jeff Inks, representing the Window and Door Manufacturers Association, and Julie Ruth, representing the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, both urged the committee to uphold its original action for disapproval.

Other opponents, including one field inspector, pointed out that inspectors verify with a tape measure so labeling is not needed.

Another said, “We don’t need this. An inspector will be on site with a tape measure, etc. If he doesn’t he’s not doing his job. Let the inspector do his job. We don’t need these labels on these windows.”

One individual speaking in support of the proposal said, “Everything has labels right now–why should windows be different? It will also help consumers know if the window complies with egress requirements.”

Thomas Zaremba, representing himself, rebutted that argument by pointing out that certain properties such as solar heat gain coefficient, etc. can’t be verified in the field, which is why labels are needed. However, this can be easily verified by taking some measurements in the field, making the labeling unnecessary.

Rick Davidson, of the city of Maple Grove, Minn., and a proponent of RB 42-09/10, pointed out that “window manufacturers had the opportunity to come back with a solution and came back with nothing.”

“It wasn’t because they didn’t want to do anything,” said Inks. “It’s because they found there isn’t a viable option that will not require field verification of the opening dimensions.”

Ultimately the motion carried for disapproval.


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