MILWAUKEE - Window and door standards updates, LEED and leading edge industry technology were among the highlights at the recent Window & Door Manufacturers Association Technical Conference. More than 100 people attended the event, held June 4-6 in Milwaukee. 

Window & Door Certification, Technology Highlight WDMA ConferenceOf special interest to members was new information on the WDMA Hallmark Certification Program, which provides code officials, builders, architects, specifiers and end users a credible means to identify products manufactured in accordance with WDMA and other referenced performance standards.

According to the WDMA, more than 7,000 products are certified through the program, which is recognized by the American National Standards Institute, State of Florida for Product Certification, Quality Assurance and Product Approval Validation, the Texas Department of Insurance and other building codes throughout the nation. WDMA standards also are referenced by HUD/FHA in its Minimum Property Standards.

In addition to a new look to the Hallmark certification label, in May the WDMA approved procedures to extend the Hallmark certification to eight years, up from the previous limit of four. According to John McFee, WDMA vice president of Certification Programs, the extension is applicable for certified products that have not changed during their initial four-year certification period and where the product renewal protocol has been followed.

McFee added that the extension corresponds to new longer terms in the Florida building codes and Texas Department of Insurance requirements.

"The WDMA Hallmark Certification Committee will continue to refine the certification renewal protocol going forward to meet or exceed the requirements for product approval agencies and authorities that are faced with determining compliance to specifications and the building code requirements," McFee said.

The next WDMA Technical Conference is scheduled June 17-19 in Pittsburgh, PA.

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