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North Carolina Building Code Council Adopts Low E Emergency Rule

2
Jul

With an effective date of 7/2/14 the N.C. Building Code Council approved a temporary ruling to remove the mandatory requirement for Low-E glass from the North Carolina Residential Code until a solution can be found to eliminate this potential hazard.  To view the entire ruling along with the Temporary Rule please click here.

Citizens of North Carolina, as well as other states, have been plagued by documented cases of intense reflective energy from Low-E windows causing damage to vinyl siding on homes and plastic parts of automobiles.  The NC Building Code Council is now aware of four documented cases of fires being caused by similar reflective energy involving two companies in North Carolina.  In these four cases, the Consumer Products Safety Commission, in cooperation with the manufacturer, issued a voluntary recall.  Given the prevalence of this problem and concern that intense reflective energy may have potential to create a fire hazard, the North Carolina Building Code Council seeks to remove the mandatory requirement for Low-E-glass from the North Carolina Residential Code until a solution can be found to eliminate this potential hazard.