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.
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.
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).
Work continues to finalize a new window installation guide in a joint effort of AAMA, Fenestration Manufacturers Association (FMA) and Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA). The AAMA/FMA/WDMA Installation Method Coordination Committee met October 14-15 in Chicago to address ballot comments to the latest draft, provisionally titled Standard Practice for the Installation of Windows into Walls Utilizing Foam Plastic Insulating Sheathing [FPIS].
AAMA has been an accredited continuing education provider through the American Institute of Architects (AIA) since 2000. All AIA-accredited, AAMA-approved courses allow architects, specifiers and other professionals to expand their knowledge of the fenestration industry. Course topics cover energy, product performance, testing, daylighting and more. Two vinyl-related courses have been approved by the AIA, and two others are in development.
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.
It's no secret that there are many people less fortunate than us who could use a helping hand. In the Chicagoland area 1.3 million people are living below the poverty line. That's 14 percent of the Chicago population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Sadly, it's more pronounced among children, where one in five lives in poverty.
Jim Katsaros leads product development programs and code/standard development for the flashing and roofing industries at DuPont Building Innovations. Today, he talks about how the industry can benefit from clear, singular communication.
Since we had a nice little refresher on balloting last month, it seems apropos to have the refresher series continue. It's been more than 18 months since we featured how AAMA standards work together with AAMA's certification programs, so we're going to do a little review of how AAMA works to create and publish not only standards, but procedural guides for our certification programs.