Window, Door and Skylight Standard is Approved by AAMA, CSA and WDMA

The 2004 edition of Specifications for Windows, Doors and Unit Skylight, 101/I.S.2/A440 has been approved by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA). The joint approval will open the doors for consideration by the International Code Council (ICC) and eventual inclusion in the 2006 code, according to WDMA.

It was also determined at a previous WDMA meeting that publications of the standard no longer require the approval of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). CSA approval includes extensive public comment as well as technical review, according to WDMA. This step is similar to ANSI's consensus method, which significantly lengthens the overall process.

With CSA approval, the 101.I.S.2/A440 standard has the status and credibility needed to compete in the EU and other international standards-setting communities, previously provided by ANSI, according to WDMA.

Approval by ANSI is not a requirement of the ICC for inclusion in the International Building Code or International Residential Code. Other means of consensus, including CSA approval, are acceptable.

WDMA will continue to maintain ANSI approval of other standards as well as its Hallmark Product Certification Program, according to WDMA.

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