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.
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.
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.
Mike Hodgson, President of ConSol, a California-based energy and sustainable solutions consulting firm, explained upgraded standards and programs to AAMA Western Region Spring Summit attendees on behalf of the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) where he chairs the energy committee. Typically leading the country in terms of both social and seismic movement, California is also perennially active on the energy regulatory front, initiating and expanding many programs for the future.
AAMA Board of Directors voted unanimously to establish a Sustainability Steering Committee. It will oversee the various AAMA committees and task groups involved in establishing standard practices that lead to product sustainability - from component development to structural integrity.
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.