FMA Fall Conference is Underway

The Fenestration Manufacturers Association (FMA) began its Fall Conference yesterday in San Antonio, Texas.

The association's testing/education committee discussed that one of FMA's responsibilities is to help educate the building officials. The problem is that information is not funneling down and the codes are not being enforced. The group talked about problems surrounding labels on windows and decided to work to educate states on the importance of third-party certification, to make them aware of what exactly the certification is. Additionally, they want the officials to know how to comply with the building codes after reading the labels.

Dave Olmstead of PGT Windows provided a label presentation that the room discussed and reviewed. Then, the task group decided to come up with a brochure and power-point presentation that they could use to educate the building officials, professional people and consumers on labels, including temporary labels. The presentation and brochure would show a label's separate parts and explain how the information on the label, is derived.

"The temporary label is going to be mandated. It's basically a done deal [it will be voted on by the Florida Building Commission this November]," said Olmstead.

The association also looked at the draft of the "Voluntary Specification for Rating the Water Penetration Resistance of Windows and Doors Subjected to Severe Wind Driven Rain Conditions" that the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Southeast Region created.

The room discussed the test methods and the five levels of performance.

The association talked about taking an official position on the draft, but did not establish one yet. Barry Hardman of National Building Science Corp. said he thought this document was "a poorly conceived idea."

Someone in the room said people who were impacted by water in last year's hurricanes were more concerned about the water flooding through the baseboards. They could understand some water coming through windows, the member observed.

Freddie Cole of General Aluminum, who is also the chairperson of the Installation Committee, gave a presentation on the problems he has documented with window installations. The group decided to meet at a later date for a two-day meeting to finalize the FMA/AAMA 100/200 document on installation protocols for masonry and wood frame construction.

The thermal committee discussed the proposed amendments to the 2007 IECC supplement affecting the reduction in the SHGC for glazing, and reviewed the North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Texas energy codes.

The day wrapped up with the association approving a new committee called the materials and components committee, which will replace the vinyl committee. The new group will have a scope that includes all materials and components, and focuses on addressing questions about these materials and components.

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