Kathy Krafka Harkema, APR

U.S. Codes and Regulatory Affairs Manager

An accredited public relations professional (APR), Kathy leads the association’s building codes and regulatory affairs teams. She designed her home to ENERGY STAR® guidelines, guided her family farm’s renovation after it was struck by a tornado, and led window and door installation on many home improvement television shows. A window safety educator and versatile communicator, follow her on Twitter @KathyKrafka and LinkedIn.

Recent Posts by Kathy

Post Image

ICC Holds Code Change Proposal Hearings Online for the First Time

The International Codes Council (ICC) Group A Committee Action Hearings (CAH) now underway are making history - not because of the proposals themselves but instead because these hearings are taking place virtually, due to COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions.Code Hearings in a Virtual WorldHow exactly do building code hearings take place online? Through the wonders of technology, participants are able to virtually testify for or against building code changes or proposed modifications to them in ICC’s Group A cycle via Zoom rooms.Some of ICC’s committee members...

Read More >
Post Image

Window Safety | Knowing the Differences in Window Hardware Types

One of the important tips for Window Safety Week recognizes the use of proper hardware to limit window openings. When it comes to window hardware, it can sometimes be confusing to distinguish between which type of hardware is required for a given application or opening. For example, night latches and vent limiters may sometimes be confused with window opening control devices (WOCDs). But even though they may look or seem similar, they serve distinctly different purposes. When it comes to safety, it’s essential to make...

Read More >
Post Image

AAMA Achieves Success in Representing Member Interests in ICC Group B Code Process

As 2019 draws to a close, so does the International Code Council (ICC) Group B building code proposal process. AAMA achieved significant results in 2019 code action, working on behalf of our members.ICC Public Comment Hearing (PCH) HighlightsUpdating AAMA reference standards in I-Codes - ADM47-IBC-19, ADM47-IRC-19The current versions of AAMA standards 711 (topic), 714 (topic), 450 (topic) and 2100 (topic) will be referenced in 2021 I-Codes as part of this AAMA proposal.Opposing imposing third-party certification requirements - ADM23-19AAMA opposed this proposal that would have added...

Read More >
Post Image

New York City Mayor’s Earth Day Comments Trigger Questions About Fenestration

Will New York City “ban” all-glass curtain wall skyscrapers as part of its Green New Deal? Or will it push for codes and regulations requiring more energy efficient buildings that may help boost demand for more sustainable building designs and fenestration products? Those questions are on the minds of the building design, construction and fenestration industries today.On Earth Day, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced a “Green New Deal,” aimed at reducing NYC’s emissions by 30 percent by 2030. Approved by the New...

Read More >
Post Image

AAMA Commits to Window Safety Through Continual Code Action

It’s that time of year. After a brutal winter, people long to open windows to let in fresh air. And, at this time of year, many of us are also hard at work honing building code proposals.AAMA’s commitment to window safety is at work year-round through our proactive support of building codes. Window safety comes into play in a number of ways in today’s building codes. For example, in the Seventh Edition, 2020 Florida Building Code (FBC) discussion now in progress, AAMA opposes F 7662....

Read More >