AAMA SUMMER CONFERENCE
Below is a summary of the events planned during the 2013 Summer Conference. For a PDF version of the event details, download the Conference Announcement.
Sunday, June 9
Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 11:30 a.m.
Chicago’s famous Wrigley Field, was built in 1914 and this year the Cubs are playing their 99th year. Wrigley Field is the second-oldest ballpark in the majors behind Boston's Fenway Park (1912).
Please join us at 6:30 p.m. for a welcome reception to kick off the conference.(back to top)
Monday, June 11
Opening General Session - 7:30 a.m.
Members will be informed of committee/task group meetings of special interest and provided with a full run down of the scheduled conference events. President and CEO, Rich Walker, will provide AAMA Members with an update on the Association’s Strategic Plan and the actions taken by the members of the AAMA Board of Directors and AAMA Staff to ensure that we are exceeding the needs of our members. Don’t miss this opportunity to get the most out of your AAMA Conference attendance.
Understanding and Using Product Category Rules - 8:15 a.m.
Dr. Tom Gloria (Industrial Ecology Consultants) will present information on conducting product life cycle assessments (LCAs) and developing Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) using the Product Category Rules (PCR) guidance document, which is scheduled to be completed by fall 2013.
Social Media / Website / Membership Value Training Camp for Rookies and Pros - Monday and Tuesday (by appointment)
One-on-one training sessions are available with AAMA staff in order to learn how to get the most out of social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, the AAMA website and your AAMA membership. This is available for all users from rookies looking to set up a new or enhance an account to pros seeking strategic guidance on how best to utilize these tools. Schedule your session by contacting email@example.com with your availability, as well as a brief summary of what you would like to cover.
The Vinyl Institute Update - 10:30 a.m.
Presented by Richard Doyle (President/CEO, Vinyl Institute)
- VI represents manufacturers of vinyl resins/compounds, vinyl additives, modifiers and packaging materials
- VI advocates the industry value in responsible manufacture, life cycle management and value to society
- Updates related to recent initiatives and how AAMA members can get involved will be presented
Keynote Speaker Stephen Gold (MAPI), “A U.S. Manufacturing Outlook” - 1:00 p.m.
Much has been written in recent months about a manufacturing renaissance in the United States. Is such a resurgence actually occurring? After leading the economic recovery, how is the American factory sector performing today, and what is the outlook for the next year? What are the obstacles to full recovery? Stephen Gold will explore these questions and look to the future of US and global manufacturing in his talk “US Manufacturing Outlook.”
“Connecting the Dots in Canada: Who’s Really Attacking Vinyl?” - 4:00 p.m.
Presented by Veso Sobot, IPEXNA. Sobot is an engineer by training, having graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada in 1985. He has spent his time in the plastic pipe and fittings industry and is celebrating his 24th year with IPEX Management, a thermoplastic pipe manufacturer with 15 plants in Canada and two in the United States. Over the years, he has uncovered a fascinating web of adversaries linked by funding and purpose. The presentation will open your eyes like never before.
Regulatory Affairs Committee (RAC) - 5:00 p.m.
Kings Rosemont - Dinner and Bowling - 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. (Included in your registration fee)
- Enjoy dinner and drinks with your peers in a congenial atmosphere
- Let the good times roll at Kings and take advantage of a Gold Sponsorship! For $2,500, this sponsorship allows your company to reserve a lane for the entire evening, so be sure to invite your clients and business contacts and get ready to network. Click here for the sponsor form. (back to top)
Green and Sustainability Specification Development Committee - 7:30 AM
Essential Tools of the AAMA Website - 9:30 a.m.
This quick, guided tour will take attendees through a few key areas of the AAMA website, including the Members Only section. Specifically, this session will aid attendees in learning how to take advantage of web-related tools in order to better network with members, keep up to date on code and regulatory information, access conference call information and much more. If attendees would like more information, AAMA staff will be available for one-on-one sessions during the conference.
Lunch with Scholarship Award Presentation - 12:00 Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Please join us for the AAMA Scholarship Award Presentation recognizing the bright young students who have been selected as recipients for the 2013/2014 school year. The AAMA Scholarship Program was developed to encourage growth within our industry by providing financial aid to students who are pursuing an engineering or technical degree in the building products industry.
This brief presentation also announces the winners of the AAMA Scholarship Partner Program awards. Current Scholarship Partners include Milgard Manufacturing, Quanex Building Products, Window and Door Systems Division, Graham Architectural Products, Architectural Testing and Simonton Windows. These member companies are directly contributing to the education of their employees’ children by offering their own scholarship programs while utilizing AAMA’s administrative resources and third-party winner selection team.
Show your support for these potential future industry leaders by attending and learn how your company can save time and money on its own scholarship program.
50th Anniversary AAMA Certification Label - (during lunch)
Dean Lewis, who managed the product certification program for over 13 years, will briefly relate the history of the gold label program and its development; and will share some experiences with customers and licensees.
AMC Presentation: “Use of Thermal Insulating Profiles” - 3:00 p.m.
Presented by Bruce Tichenor, General Manager, Ensinger. This AMC presentation will be focused on insulation options for commercial fenestration products.
“Certified Data Program for Window Performance” - 4:00 p.m.
Presented by Graham Wright (Passive House Institute U.S.)
Window manufacturers - if you are making a high-performance window, (like better than R-5), at some point probably a passive house consultant or project will ask you for the performance numbers for input into PHPP. These are not to be found on NFRC labels, and because they are calculated to different (EN-based) protocols, they can't be compared apples to apples versus NFRC data. When people go ahead and do that, the NFRC numbers have a tendency of looking worse, so North American manufacturers may find themselves at a bit of competitive disadvantage versus imported European windows that do have this data or something like it.
The Passive House program offers window manufacturers an alternative to contracting with a European certification agency, if they would like to support passive house customers. Originally the calculations were done in house, but if manufacturers have NFRC simulators they are used to working with, Passive House now allows them to take on most of the calculation work with coaching and review from them. Looking longer term, they also have a research proposal in to NFRC on harmonization of the window protocols.
Reception - 5:45 p.m. (back to top)
Wednesday, June 12
Architectural Window Council and Curtain Wall/Storefront Council - 730 AM
Residential Window Council -8:15 AM
Code Action Committee (CAC) – 8:45 AM
The Code Action Committee is responsible for developing code change proposals, public comments and AAMA positions primarily directed to the International Code Council (ICC), but also to state code agencies as deemed appropriate by the committee.
Development of the 2015 International Residential Code and 2015 International Energy Conservation Code began in January 2013 with the submittal of code change proposals. All proposals will be heard during the ICC Group B Code Development Hearings April 21-28 in Dallas, TX.
During the AAMA Summer Conference the results from these Code Development Hearings will be reviewed by AAMA Code Consultant Julie Ruth, and AAMA's action plan in response to the hearings' results will be determined.
Industry Organizations Update - 10:15 a.m.
AAMA staff will provide important activity updates associated with ASHRAE, ASTM, IGMA, and NFRC. These updates will be focused on those organizations’ activities that are of interest to our membership.
Certification Policy Committee – 11:00 a.m.
Rich Rinka, AAMA’s Certification Manager will report on the current status of the AAMA Procedural Guides related to the AAMA Certification Program.
Box Lunch -12:30 p.m.
Closing General Session – 1:00 p.m.
This session serves as a forum for the following:
- Members to receive brief reports of activities within each Council
- Members to participate in discussion and decision-making regarding technical, regulatory and marketing issues that impact multiple member segments
- Board to address action items that percolate up from the general membership working groups, as needed
Board of Directors - 2 :30 p.m. (back to top)
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