NAFS in Canada FACTS AND OPINIONS ON THE USE OF THE NORTH AMERICAN FENESTRATION STANDARD IN CANADA

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NAFS 2017 Public Review—In Progress Until February 5, 2017

NAFS, the North American Fenestration Standard, is jointly published and maintained by three associations: CSA in Canada, and AAMA and WDMA in the United States. On December 7, CSA announced the start of a public review of the latest edition, giving the Canadian industry and stakeholders the opportunity to review and comment on the proposed changes to the standard. (The AAMA […]

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  • Posted on December 16, 2016
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NAFS, the Canadian Supplement, and Water Testing

Whenever Canadian building codes refer to the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS), they also refer to the Canadian supplement to NAFS. Specifically, the codes denote that fenestration products are required to conform to both standards. This “double reference” raises questions about how the two work together. Are there additional test requirements in CSA A440S1, the […]

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  • Posted on October 14, 2016
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NAFS Technical Interpretations Now Available From CSA

Technical standards such as NAFS, and the Canadian Supplement to NAFS, are often supplemented by technical interpretations (TI) and bulletins. As official interpretations, they are relevant to all users of these standards. The CSA has now made made the latest TIs and one bulletin public.

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  • Posted on February 12, 2016
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New NAFS-related Amendments to the BC Building Code

Well, it is now 2016 and last month Code Santa gave British Columbia a NAFS-related present: a significant update to the BC Building Code with considerable changes to address difficulties related to NAFS compliance. For the BC market, this is big news. But is it relevant to the rest of the country? Read on, and decide for yourself.

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  • Posted on January 8, 2016
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NAFS in the Code—Part 9

There is confusion and misunderstanding about how NAFS applies to windows and doors in Part 9 buildings. Does it apply to all fenestration products? Is it the only way to demonstrate compliance with the air-water-structural requirements of the Code?

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  • Posted on September 11, 2015
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Al's On the Move! Fall 2015 NAFS Education Sessions

Al will be speaking on various fenestration-related topics at numerous events across Canada. View a list of events here!

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  • Posted on September 4, 2015
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NAFS in the Code—Part 5

We are using NAFS, the North American Fenestration Standard, for one reason only—because it is in the National Building Code. So what, exactly, does the Code tell us about the use of NAFS in Part 5? And does this have implications for NAFS compliance in Part 9?

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  • Posted on August 7, 2015
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Products Outside the Scope of NAFS

Canadian building codes make a clear distinction between products that are within the scope of NAFS, which can demonstrate compliance with air-water-structural requirements on the basis of NAFS testing, and products that are outside the scope of NAFS. What are the products outside the scope of NAFS, and what does the Code expect us to do with them?

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  • Posted on April 24, 2015
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NAFS Labeling for Large Buildings

NAFS labeling means putting a label on every window, right? . . . Or does it?

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  • Posted on March 29, 2015
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For our American Friends: 7 Essential Tips for Complying with NAFS in Canada

While NAFS has mostly harmonized fenestration testing requirements between the U.S. and Canada, there are important differences that U.S. manufacturers need to consider with respect to NAFS compliance under Canadian building codes.

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  • Posted on March 10, 2015
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