Toronto … The Win-Door North America Show, scheduled for November 15,16 and 17, 2011 in Toronto, has announced the presentation of important seminars on Canadian Building Codes as they apply to windows and doors, with special highlights for door manufacturers.
The latest codes in affect – NBC 2010 - will begin rolling out across the country in late 2011 and early 2012, starting in Ontario and Quebec. They will require manufacturers, dealers, and installers to meet a host of requirements in areas such as labeling of products for air, water, structural and U-Values. The codes also affect the installation of windows, doors and skylights, and carry sections dealing with sealants, trim and flashing.
“It is our understanding that these new codes will be strictly enforced, says Kevin Pelley, current President of the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association. “That means that code officials will be scrutinizing product closely 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. It also means that installers, building inspectors and new home warranty inspectors will need to be well informed and in the habit of checking work very closely to avoid problems later.”
In a regulatory environment that is changing anew, windows, patio doors, skylights and doors will have to meet a challenging array of requirements comprising air infiltration/exfiltration, wind resistance, water leakage and heat transfer as well as requirements in the areas of egress, resistance to forced entry, spread of fire, minimum size, overall performance rating, and more. 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,” continues Pelley. “However the new code signals a renewed scrutiny. Product 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 get the word out on codes, the show will offer attendees seminars on Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 17 of the show, led by the CWDMA’s technical advisor, Jeff Baker. As an engineer and renowned expert in fenestration rating, Mr. Baker is a respected industry source for factual information on code compliance and other programs such as Energy Star. His two seminars will cover highlights of the new codes as well as special break-out information that relates specifically to windows and doors.
For more information on the show contact Shield Associates: firstname.lastname@example.org, Toll Free – 1-800-282-0003, Toronto Local – 416-444-5225.