Registration is now open for the AAMA Summer Conference, to be held in downtown Indianapolis, June 1-4. In addition to keynote speaker, Dr. Elizabeth Watson, addressing the future of ADA principles and design, AAMA will be introducing a new app, offering several optional events for attendees and announcing this year's scholarship winners.
WELCOME MANUFACTURERS & MEMBERS
The American Architectural Manufacturer Association (AAMA) is made up of people like you, people who are concerned about the direction of their company and the industry. As a material-neutral organization, AAMA brings together window, door, skylight, curtain wall and storefront manufacturers, suppliers and test labs to represent our individual and shared concerns. Our membership is comprised of large and small companies that are both residentially and commercially focused.
What can AAMA offer you?
- AAMA proactively and effectively drives code development and is influential with regard to construction and specification issues.
- The AAMA Certification Label shows your products meet rigorous performance standards.
- AAMA standards are developed to solve critical issues in the industry.
- AAMA is also active and influential in the Western and Southeastern regions of the U.S.
- AAMA's Councils focus specifically on your product or material.
To learn how you can benefit from AAMA membership, visit the Join Us page.
AAMA, as a co-founder of the Window Safety Task Force, encourages everyone to recognize the importance of practicing window safety by designating one week each spring to promoting safety and education. National Window Safety Week, April 6-12, is used as a time to remind all households that open windows can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised. This is especially important with the arrival of warm weather when windows are opened to provide ventilation.
AAMA Code Consultant, Julie Ruth, updated Western Region Spring Summit attendees on key changes addressed in the 2012 I-Code, which many West Coast states have already adopted. These include minimum sill heights versus window opening control devices, daylighting requirements and window-to-wall ratio.
As the scope of this newsletter - to say nothing of the national news - demonstrates, there has been a lot of activity that is incredibly impactful for our industry, and the trend only looks to accelerate. That's why the AAMA Western Region is focusing on these issues by securing industry experts to speak to the specifics of these impacts on western states and how companies can prepare for future changes.
In addition to updating Western Region Spring Summit attendees on California-based energy initiatives, Mike Hodgson also discussed national tax legislation that extended the Energy Efficient Home Credit. Also known as the 45L credit, this legislation offers a credit of $2,000 per dwelling unit to developers of energy efficient apartment buildings and homes.
Well, it's April, which means it's supposed to be sunny and warm, and I should see Peter Cottontail jumping through my yard. However, here in Chicago it snowed last week. I'm plowing forward (apologies for the poor pun) and looking forward to what the remaining three quarters of 2014 have in store for AAMA.
Last month's topic in our Benefits Series was the new AAMA FenestrationMasters program; its structure, organization, and benefits. While this program is rapidly gaining in both recognition and participation, it's actually the most recent of AAMA's professional education and certification programs.
Dr. Esmael Adibi is a perennial and much anticipated presenter at AAMA events. As the Director of the A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research and Anderson Chair of Economic Analysis at Chapman University in Orange, CA, Dr. Adibi has forecasted state, regional and national economic trends with precision accuracy.