AAMA recently released an updated document describing the test procedures and performance requirements for pigmented organic coatings applied to aluminum, fiber reinforced thermoset or wood and cellulosic composite profiles for windows, doors, wall panels, skylights, sloped glazing and similar products. The update was made as a clarification to the requirements for outdoor or accelerated weathering testing.
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is made up of window, door, skylight, curtain wall and storefront manufacturers, suppliers and test labs. These large and small companies supply products for both residential and commercial buildings.
What can AAMA offer you?
- The searchable Certified Products Directory locates manufacturers that are a part of AAMA's prestigious Certification Program.
- The AAMA Certification Label provides confidence that the products you choose, when installed properly, match the quality of the sample product tested.
- Free brochure downloads cover topics such as product care and maintenance, product certification, green building, commercial buildings and window safety.
AAMA celebrated 16 consecutive years of furthering the careers and education of students pursuing a degree related to the building products industry by awarding seven scholarships to children of employees of AAMA member companies. The scholarship award winners were announced during the 2016 AAMA Summer Conference, held June 12-15, in San Antonio, TX. The recipients of 11 AAMA Partner Scholarships were also announced.
During the AAMA Southeast Region Summer Meeting held in June, those participating heard from a speaker about current trends in eco labels as well as EPDs. "Sustainability is evolving," declared Michael Lehmann of UL Environment, "shifting to encompass much more than just reducing our negative impacts on the environment, but also about creating healthier environments where we live, work and play."
Were you with us last month in Texas? If not, you probably didn't miss the heat, but you did miss great input from industry experts. Participants at the AAMA Southeast Region Summer Meeting, held June 15-16, 2016, in San Antonio, TX, received valuable information on AAMA certification, workplace safety, blast-resistant design for complex glazed facades, Texas hurricane zone fenestration requirements and some latest industry trends.
At the AAMA Southeast Region Summer Meeting, Carrie Davis, PE, from Protection Engineering Consultants (PEC) – a San Antonio-based structural and mechanical consulting engineering firm – presented a primer on blast-resistant design, focusing on how blast loads differ from and interact with "traditional" loads, what government or industry criteria are available as design tools, recommended design approaches and advanced analysis tools for complex glazed systems.
AAMA is well-known for having broad and active participation by residential and commercial window companies, but the scope of our organization is actually far more expansive than that. The AAMA Door Council is an excellent example of what I'm talking about. It's a very active, but lesser known, segment of the AAMA membership. In the May issue of the AAMA e-news, a couple of articles highlighted recent door-related activities, which have advanced further even in just the last few months.
You may already be aware of AAMA's LinkedIn groups, which allows members to post and comment on industry news and information. We have one main LinkedIn group for AAMA, which anyone can join, as well as two members only groups: the AAMA Legislative & Regulatory Forum and the AAMA Southeast Region Forum. However, there's also a company page for AAMA, which shows up first in the LinkedIn search results when anyone searches for the association.
Kawneer Product Manager of Storefronts, Entrances & Framing, Elizabeth Cotton took some time to speak with AAMA about her career so far, and her life's biggest influencer.