Revisions to the ANSI/WMA 100-2018, Standard Method of Determining Structural Performance Ratings of Side-Hinged Exterior Door Systems and Procedures for Component Substitution, were approved by consensus last month pursuant to WMA’s Procedures for the Development, Revision, Withdrawal, and Discontinuance of WMA Standards. This week the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the revised standard as an American National Standard (ANS). The 2018 Edition will be published and made available from the WMA website in January.
Over the summer, the U.S. eclipsed 2 million HERS rated homes, with rated homes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. According to research done by the National Renewable Energy Labs, HERS rated homes made up 22 percent of all new homes in 2016.
The House Energy and Commerce Sub-Committee held a discussion hearing on possible legislation that could lead to major changes to the Energy Star program. The bill’s biggest proposal would transfer the program’s leadership from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Department of Energy (DOE).
The US EPA has proposed additional revisions to the final rule regarding formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products. The revisions, published on October 25th, update references to voluntary consensus standards on emission testing methods and product construction characteristics.
“Five years after Hurricane Sandy—and in the wake of a brutal hurricane season—architects face both forward and backward momentum in their efforts to champion resilient design standards.”
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