The industry debated the topic of exterior door and window assemblies once again during the International Code Council’s final action hearings held last week.

Jeff Burton, director of codes and standards, representing the Association of Millwork Distributors (AMD), proposed that R612.8 of the International Residential Code be revised as follows: Exterior windows and door assemblies not included within the scope of Section R612.6 or Section R612.7 shall be tested in accordance with ASTM E 330 or AMD side-hinged exterior door standard (SHEDS).

Burton’s said this would add an additional option to the code that includes as structural component interchangeability methodology that is prevalent in the SHED industry but is not address in the building codes or its current referenced standards. The addition of AMD SHEDS, which was developed in accordance with the current industry ASTM E330 static pressure test, adds that needed structural component interchangeability option, according to Burton.

Both Julie Ruth, representing the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), and Jeff Inks, representing the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), were opposed to the proposal, both citing the fact that AMD SHEDS is still in draft form.

Additional reasons for disapproval cited by Ruth and Inks included that they feel provisions of the standard are inadequate, validation test data has not been made available for review and use of the proposed referenced standard would significantly weaken the current requirements of the IRC.

The proposal ultimately was disapproved.

Side-hinged door assemblies also came up later in the code hearings during discussion of S143-09. John Woestman, representing the Door Safety Council, proposed to add new text to 1717.5.2. The proposed language was as follows:

Structural performance of exterior side hinged door assemblies shall be determined in accordance with either ASTM E330 or ANSI A250.13.

He also proposed adding a new standard to chapter 35: ANSI A 250.13-08, Testing of Severe Windstorm Resistant Components for Swinging Door Assemblies.

That proposal also was disapproved.


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