At AAMA, we stand for our members. And when you join us, you’ll find that AAMA certainly stands for you.
AAMA is your voice for support and action at all levels of the national regulatory process for the building industry. Every year, we proactively and effectively influence codes, construction and specification issues. And we’re particularly active in the Western and Southeastern regions of the U.S. With this kind of local, grassroots representation, we are able to provide focus and direction on issues that are of special concern in your part of the country.
What’s more, AAMA continually monitors and reports legislative activities to keep you up-to-date on important developments. At AAMA, we partner with a variety of industry organizations to broaden our influence and advance the causes of our membership. Some of these cooperative initiatives include:
- Partnering on market research studies and technical research projects
- Collaborating on side-hinged entry door certification and related door component substitution
- Proactive involvement in green building organizations as well as national and state code and regulatory arenas
- Supporting National Window Safety Week, focused on preventing child falls from windows
- Regular participation, technical collaboration and liaison activities with over a dozen other industry organizations
As the leading trade association for the fenestration industry, we are always working to make our members more successful. To us, this means being a constant source of research and information. One of our initiatives is product research. We established a Research Foundation whose findings allow us to help steer the direction of the industry and validate performance criteria.
We also conduct annual market research studies to help you identify trends and future marketplace activity. In addition, we keep our members informed via our robust Web site, which includes an exclusive Members Only section, as well as newsletters that address topics impacting the industry.
Beyond our own membership, AAMA is also reaching out to marketplace professionals via accredited educational seminars. These seminars provide a valuable opportunity for professionals to expand their knowledge of the fenestration industry.
Throughout our long history of industry leadership, AAMA has become recognized around the world for the development of comprehensive standards that provide third-party validation of product performance and quality. We also continue to develop specifications, test methods and technical information reports. In short, we are committed to quality. To promote and ensure the highest standards, we are involved in a multitude of activities that monitor the products and processes in our industry.
Windows, doors and skylights that bear the AAMA Certification Gold Label are manufactured to performance standards for air and water infiltration at the specified pressures, structural integrity, and resistance to forced entry. And as optional tests, windows may also be certified for thermal performance, impact resistance, mulling, acoustical performance and other characteristics. What’s more, the label represents that samples of major component parts have passed separate performance standard tests.
Component manufacturers must submit samples for testing and be in full compliance with AAMA standards as validated by the third-party program administrator.
This certification program consists of laboratory and weatherability testing of polymeric profiles randomly selected by AAMA’s Program Administrator.
Laboratories that conduct specific product testing in support of AAMA’s Certification Programs must pass rigorous qualifying inspections.
By becoming an AAMA member, you can open up a world of opportunity for you and your firm.
The Opportunity for Professional Growth
We provide educational programs to communicate information about fenestration product performance, allowing members to meet professional license requirements and offer accredited courses to their customers. And our Web site offers a convenient resource where professionals, manufacturers and even homeowners can access a wide array of valuable information.
The Opportunity to Attend AAMA Events
AAMA hosts three national conferences and four regional meetings each year. These are forums for working groups to meet and advance their projects. They’re also a chance for our members to network, develop new business opportunities, learn about new product offerings, and discuss current issues.
The Opportunity to Have Your Voice Heard
As an AAMA member, you can have a direct impact on the future of the fenestration industry. Not to mention, your own business. One way is through our Product and Material Councils, which give you a forum to address concerns specific to your business segment.
The Opportunity to Offer Scholarship Awards
AAMA member companies may offer children of employees financial aid for higher education through the AAMA Scholarship Program. This program allows companies to provide their personnel with an additional no-cost employment benefit. AAMA scholarships are one-time awards of $2,000, but member companies may also participate in the Scholarship Partner Program, which allows them to offer additional awards in any denomination and with customized qualification criteria, further supporting positive employee relations. Any applications received for a Partner award are also considered for the AAMA awards, giving those applicants multiple opportunities to earn financial aid. Read more about the available Scholarship Programs.