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Retrofit Blog: What’s the Difference between Codes and Standards?

March 22, 2016 15:29
Developing consensus-based standards and codes is all part of laying the foundation for a construction and building industry that delivers safe shelter and solid value. We’ve come a long way since the first recorded building code was passed in 1772 B.C. Modern day standards are drawn up by influential domestic or international organizations through a consensus-based process and are designed to be open and balanced. Earlier this month, the subcommittees related to 90.1 (Envelope, Mechanical, Lighting, Format & Compliance) presented their work plans for the next three years.

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Air Leakage: Advancing the Standard

February 18, 2016 14:44
As Associate Executive Director of ERA, my central focus is advancing an understanding of EPDM products. One extremely important aspect of my job focuses on working with regulatory, standard, and code setting bodies to ensure that their actions reflect the most up-to-date science-based information about EPDM membranes. ASHRAE is, of course, one of the leading standard setting groups, so the last week of January found me at the Orlando Convention Center, attending ASHRAE’s hugely important winter meeting.

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EPA Ozone Regulations, Moving Forward

October 26, 2015 21:09
On October 1st, just under the wire for a court-ordered deadline, the EPA released a new ruling to further reduce ground level smog, lowering the allowable ozone limits from 75 parts per billion (ppb), down to 70 ppb. ERA will keep you posted about both our innovative new products and any pending regulatory actions. And we urge you to continue to use our website as a valuable source of information in a changing regulatory environment.

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