Why a composite railing board might be worth it
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has come out in favor of composite railing boards (CBRs), a way to improve the structural integrity of window boards and other products.
The agency released its proposal for the rule on Tuesday.
The rule is meant to be the first comprehensive regulatory action on this emerging technology, and it is also the first time that the agency has focused specifically on window boards.”CBR technology has proven to be a cost-effective solution to address the structural, aesthetic, and aesthetic quality of window products, with a significant advantage over window-based alternatives,” CPSC Administrator Dr. Mark R. Schmitz said in a statement.
“This rule will help us continue to evaluate and assess the impact of this technology on the manufacturing process.”CBR proponents hope that the rule will reduce the cost of window panel manufacturing by eliminating the need for costly window-reinforced glass and other window products.
They also say that it could help manufacturers lower their costs and eliminate the need to replace windows after they break.
In a statement on Wednesday, the National Glass Manufacturers Association (NGMA), a trade group for the industry, said that its members support the rule.”NGMA members support this rule because the cost-saving and safety benefits of using composite railing for window boards would result in a significant reduction in window product costs, while the additional time saved by manufacturers would reduce their labor costs,” the group said.
“Furthermore, we believe this rule would significantly improve the quality of the window product and make the window boards safer to use.”
The U.K.’s Council of the European Glass Manufacture Association, a trade association for European glass manufacturers, has also welcomed the rule, calling it a “significant step forward” in the fight against window defects.
“We applaud the CPSC’s commitment to bring forward a comprehensive rule that will protect the health and safety of the American public and protect the industry,” it said in an emailed statement.
While the rule is not likely to go into effect immediately, many manufacturers are preparing for a change in the industry.
“When the CPSc announced its proposal, we expected it to be an opportunity for window manufacturers to show their support for the benefits of the technology and its benefits for the environment,” said Bill McManus, president of the Canadian Glass Manufactures Association.
“However, I am very excited to see that the proposal will be adopted, as it represents a great step forward in reducing window-related defects and protecting the environment.”
A review of the proposal found that the use of composite beams, which are stronger than window glass, would be most beneficial for window assemblies that are made from glass that is brittle.
The rule is expected to be released in early December.