WDMA Releases Rules for Interior Architectural Wood Door Leaves
Woodworking Network (04/16/15)
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) as program operator, released the new ISO-compliant Product Category Rules (PCR) for interior architectural wood flush and stile and rail door leaves that manufacturers can begin using and referencing immediately. "Creation of a PCR is the first step in the process that allows door manufacturers to develop ISO-compliant Life Cycle Assessments [LCA] and Environmental Product Declarations [EPD]," says WDMA National Architectural Door Council chairman Robert Stuart. "These EPDs document a door leaf's environmental attributes for use by architects and specifiers toward obtaining LEED v4 credits." LCAs and EPDs must be verified by a program operator to ensure they are conducted in accordance with the PCR. To ensure compliance with ISO requirements, WDMA chose ASTM as program operator and assembled a technical advisory committee of WDMA members and other interested individuals to develop the architectural wood door PCR. The PCR went through both public review and an independent panel review prior to publication. The PCR is a free public document available from WDMA and ASTM. A general session at the WDMA National Architectural Door Conference in Baltimore, Md., on April 29 will focus on the new PCR.