AAMA has opened registration for the AAMA 78th Annual Conference, to be held February 15-18 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. A special rate is guaranteed through January 21, and attendees are encouraged to book before this date. The AAMA Southeast Region Winter Meeting will immediately follow the conference in the same location, and separate registration is required.
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 AAMA 312, Voluntary Specification for the Lamination of Wood and Cellulosic Composite Materials Intended for Use on AAMA Certified Profiles. Last updated in 2005, the document establishes the minimum performance requirements for the lamination of wood and cellulosic composite materials intended for application on either the interior or exterior surfaces of AAMA certified profiles.
The AAMA Annual Conference is shaping up to be the most well-attended annual event in several years. If you're still contemplating registration, be sure to register by February 6. Here's a rundown of what to expect, with everything from a deep-sea fishing trip to a round of golf in the Florida sun.
An indication that a newer material has come of age in the marketplace is the proliferation of standards and specifications to define acceptable performance and guide specifiers in selecting fenestration frames for a specific project. By that measure, as well as others, cellulosic composites have achieved the status of a formidable contender.
A lot happened in 2014 in the industry, and AAMA was there to share the details with members. We have compiled the top five stories that those in the industry wanted to read all about, as well as the top blog posts from each of AAMA's four industry-focused blogs, which are updated monthly.
I read a recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal a couple of weeks ago about how, despite all that has happened in recent years, manufacturing jobs still make up the backbone of middle-class America. James R. Hagerty writes, "The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employers in manufacturing, mining and construction pay an average of $36.37 an hour in wages and benefits, compared with $31.46 paid by stores, restaurants and other service companies."
As we discussed last month, 2014 was a big year within the documents sector of AAMA -- more than 25 documents were published, including a whole new series of certification documents, and the release of the AAMA 103 with the introduction of the 5 + 5 program. And, even though those are some pretty big shoes to fill, I'm looking forward to 2015 and hoping that it will be just as successful with some of the initiatives we have on the horizon.
Mark Fortun manages Endura's product testing and certification and is an active member of AAMA. Today, Mark discusses why it's crucial to take ownership of and pride in your work.