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NAFS in Canada FACTS AND OPINIONS ON THE USE OF THE NORTH AMERICAN FENESTRATION STANDARD IN CANADA
NAFS-11 vs. NAFS-08: What’s different?
The 2008 edition of NAFS first appeared in Canada in the 2010 National Building Code, whose requirements were adopted by various provinces and territories between 2011 and 2014. The fenestration industry did not expect to see a more recent version of the standard in the code until the following code cycle (based on the 2015 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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?