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).
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.
The AAMA Western Region Fall Summit in Costa Mesa, CA gave regional members a chance to network, re-group and also hear some truly astounding presentations. While we always appreciate hearing updates on topics and issues specific to the Western Region, this fall's slate of speakers were especially interesting.
California's building efficiency standards, found in Title 24, Part 6, are updated on an approximately three-year cycle. The 2013 Standard, which became effective July 1, 2014, continues to improve upon the previous versions and proceeds with implementation of several state energy policy directives. Among these are greenhouse gas (GHG) considerations, Zero Net Energy achievement for all building types and the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen).
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.
If you've heard of Pinterest, odds are it was in the context of recipes, fashion or party planning. However, a whole subset of users is extremely devoted to home improvements, renovations, décor, DIY and more. While these interests attract mostly residential customers, there are commercial applications available on the site, as well.
Dave Cooper, Advanced IG Program Leader at Guardian, discusses the rewards of AAMA activism and why collaboration matters.