The WDMA Technical Committee Handbook is a comprehensive administrative roadmap to the development and refinement of technical services for our members and the industry. Each of these areas is essential to WDMA carrying out its mission and strategic objectives to the benefit of all WDMA members.
The Handbook outlines the policies and procedures governing the operation of the Technical Committee, sub-committees and task groups and the processes for developing and maintaining technical standards, the Hallmark Certification Programs, and other initiatives.
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The standards, specifications, and certification program development processes described in the Handbook depend on using the wealth of technical resources available through our members. This Handbook is designed to help harness and drive those resources in a productive manner and coordinate technical efforts with membership, marketing, education and advocacy activities of the organization.
The Handbook describes procedures for developing standards and making interpretations. It also defines certain technical aspects of the work of WDMA. The processes described in the Handbook ensure a role for each segment of our membership: windows, entry doors, skylights, architectural doors and suppliers of components, materials and services for those products
As the leading industry association, we continue to explore opportunities to actively cooperate with other industry associations in developing industry-wide identification of market-driven issues, and consensus on the strategies employed to address those issues. WDMA must anticipate and respond to the needs of every one of our customers, including: builders; contractors; architects; specifiers; retailers, both big and small; code officials; and home and building owners.
Consumers today are demanding high product performance, cost effectiveness and quality. New and revised standards and codes for important factors such as structural performance, sustainability, durability, field-testing, energy efficiency and sound transmission are increasingly important. The window, entry door, skylight and architectural door industry is challenged as never before. Development of responsible, cost-effective and technically sound standards, certification, and support documents will ensure that our industry meets these challenges.
Our Mission and Strategic Objectives set the stage for WDMA leadership. The Handbook explains how WDMA will develop standards, test procedures and the process of certification. While each manufacturer is encouraged to exceed standards, it is noted such standards are minimum industry standards. The adherence by a member or non-member to any such standard is entirely within the control and the discretion of each particular manufacturer. Each manufacturer is encouraged to establish its own practices and procedures in order to determine the appropriateness of their products for specific use and applications.
Our Organization and Reporting Structure, describes the general and technical reporting structures of WDMA and shows how the Technical Committee (TC) fits within this structure. It also establishes the makeup of the TC, appointment of its members, and scope of activities.
The Technical Document Development section, describes the general processes for creating and approving WDMA’s standards and other support documents.
The Technical Committee, Sub-Committee and Task Group Regulations defines all processes used in the technical committee functions of WDMA. This detail is necessary to publically establish WDMA’s technical operating procedures, consensus process, and mechanisms for appeal. These, in part, also serve to supplement WDMA’s ANSI Policy Manual, required as part of our accreditation as Standards Developer and as an Independent Third-Party Certification Program administrator.
A series of Appendices contain information related to Industry Needs Analysis, project development, document formatting, project scheduling, technical testing and verification and communication.