Eneref Institute Report: Enforcing Building Codes for Steel Windows

Enforcing Mandatory Robust Building Codes for Steel Windows


In this article, Eneref Institute examines the benefit—cost ratio of code-compliance enforcement and above-code construction for windows and doors, including strategies for reducing property and casualty (P&C) losses.

"A more exhaustive look at building codes for windows—and better enforcement of existing codes—will speed up recovery after a weather event."

Improvements made to homes and buildings to protect them from hazardous winds pay $5 in savings for every $1 spent, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A 2017 study by the National Institute of Building Science (NIBS) shows that every $1 spent on designing and consturcting new buildings to exceed the provisions of the 2015 model building codes developed by the International Code Council (ICC) saves $4 in future disaster costs. A study by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) found a 60% reduction in the severity of hurricane-related damage to homes built to stronger building code standards.

Therefore, Eneref Institute calls for stronger enforcement of mandatory codes and “above-code” construction to ensure windows and doors are properly tested to protect against weather events.

Research by Global Market Insights projects that door and window sales will grow to $260 nillion by 2024, of which 60% will stem from the residential hom emarket and 40% from the commercial building sector. Relying on mandatory building codes, the leading US window manufacturers (such as Andersen, Pella, Velux, Marvin, Jeld-Wen and Hope’s) test the integrity and durability of their product lines.

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