AAMA has updated and released a document laying out the process for determining the thermal performance characteristics of fenestration systems, specifically in commercial buildings. This document was last updated in 2012.
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 has updated and released a document specifying requirements of cellular polyvinyl chloride (PVC) exterior profiles used in windows, doors and skylights. The previous edition was published in 2008.
Effective January 1, 2016, two staff members at AAMA were promoted as recognition for their dedication to AAMA and years of service to the association. Lori Benshoof was promoted to Senior Coordinator, Web Services, and Tamara Davis was promoted to Certification Services Coordinator. Additionally, AAMA's intern Emily Joswiak accepted at permanent position as the association's Office Assistant.
Long-time member and industry leader, Bill Deuschle, was made an official Honorary Member of AAMA in December in recognition of his more than 40 years of professional experience and active AAMA involvement, including serving as a mentor to many over the years.
AAMA President and CEO, Rich Walker, celebrates 20 years with the association this January. We sat down to speak with him about his time at the association and to ask what he hopes to see in AAMA's future.
For many years, our industry has attempted to calculate payback periods for higher up front investments in more energy-efficient fenestration products. We've attempted to educate the public about U-factors, Solar Heat Gain Coefficients and Visible Transmittance to help them understand how highly energy-efficient products work. But maybe all those calculations and explanations are not as important as we once thought.
I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming AAMA 79th Annual Conference in February -- a good time of year to visit sunny, Huntington Beach, CA. We have an excellent array of speakers, which include a keynote address about selling across generations that I think will be of interest to all in the industry. And of course, I always look forward to the Annual Banquet, when we recognize and thank some of our best members for their hard work and dedication to the association.
John Westerfield, Marketing Media / Web Development / Building Code Compliance Officer for CrystaLite, reflects on a long career, shares his accomplishments and makes plans for a bright future.