AAMA is set to release AAMA 103-14a, Procedural Guide for Certification of Window, Door and Skylight Assemblies, on December 1, 2014. This document has been completely re-written and re-formatted to comply with new ANSI accreditation requirements. Additionally, a new feature of this document is the enlargement of the initial certification period from four to five years, plus the option to extend the certification of qualifying products for an additional five years.
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.
For those who have been curious about a couple of major industry topics, two upcoming webinars may be of interest. A November session will focus on AAMA’s market study, and a December one will explore the hot topic of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).
AAMA's Marketing Manager, Angela Dickson, gave an update on the FenestrationMasters training and certification program during the AAMA Western Region Fall Summit with a round of the "Are You Smarter than a FenestrationMaster?" game show– an interactive ice breaker for group meetings. Dickson divided the room in half for some friendly competition. All participants received a 25 percent discount off of future FenestrationMasters courses and exams, based upon correctly answering all five questions.
The AAMA Western Region Fall Summit in Costa Mesa, CA gave regional members a chance to network, re-group and also hear some truly astounding presentations. While we always appreciate hearing updates on topics and issues specific to the Western Region, this fall's slate of speakers were especially interesting.
California's building efficiency standards, found in Title 24, Part 6, are updated on an approximately three-year cycle. The 2013 Standard, which became effective July 1, 2014, continues to improve upon the previous versions and proceeds with implementation of several state energy policy directives. Among these are greenhouse gas (GHG) considerations, Zero Net Energy achievement for all building types and the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen).
It was great to see such broad participation in the members only market study webinar earlier this week. While continued market recovery is something we're all happy to see, it brings with it an increasingly critical challenge - finding qualified employees to help your company meet growing product demand.
If you've heard of Pinterest, odds are it was in the context of recipes, fashion or party planning. However, a whole subset of users is extremely devoted to home improvements, renovations, décor, DIY and more. While these interests attract mostly residential customers, there are commercial applications available on the site, as well.
Dave Cooper, Advanced IG Program Leader at Guardian, discusses the rewards of AAMA activism and why collaboration matters.