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Wall Interface Council Makes Plans for Standards, Reviews Test Results, More at Annual Conference

Wall Interface Council Makes Plans for Standards, Reviews Test Results, More at Annual ConferenceThe Wall Interface Council worked through some changes to some self-adhering flashing standards, went over some testing results and made plans to continue an update to a Simulated Divided Lites document during the AAMA Annual Conference in February. They also addressed the work of the newly-named Sealants Maintenance Committee and discussed the industry-wide coordination of installation methods. These topics, among others, will be further discussed soon during the AAMA National Summer Conference...

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Documents Identified for Upcoming Review and Revision

During the Annual Conference held in Phoenix, AZ in February, WIC’s Document Management Committee issued marching orders for the next round of document updates. Several WIC-specific standards will undergo the review process soon, and are expected to have some changes made. Some of the documents that have been prioritized for review and the assigned committees or task groups include the AAMA 713, the AAMA 851, the AAMA 2400 and the FMA/AAMA/WDMA 100, 200 and 300 series. The dedicated groups for these documents will conduct the...

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Vinyl Material Council Debates Weathering, Hears Document Updates, More at Annual Conference

At the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ, the Vinyl Material Council reviewed some updates to standards and discussed an administrative change to InstallationMasters. They also heard an update from the Vinyl Institute and debated the merits of accelerated weathering and outdoor weathering. These topics and more will continue to be addressed at the next in-person event, AAMA’s Summer Conference in Newport, RI June 18-21.AAMA 1506 Update Project Seeks VotesThe updated AAMA 1506-04, Voluntary Test Method for Laboratory Heat Build-Up Effects on Fenestration Products,...

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Whether to Weather: Longer Term Exposure to Come?

The 303 Vinyl Profile Performance Standard Maintenance Task Group (chair: Jeff Franson [Quanex]) is circulating a second ballot for an update of AAMA 303-12, Voluntary Specification for Rigid Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Exterior Profiles. Even as this step unfolds, future considerations are already on the table for discussion.Revisit the laminates section of AAMA 303, once the new laminates document is complete.An update to AAMA 109, which describes vinyl profile certification, will be required once 303 is re-issued.Research into extending outdoor weathering tests for certification from the...

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Share Prime Window Warranty Information with Customers

The EPA and the Attachment Energy Rating Council (AERC) are working together to create an ENERGY STAR storm panel category. As this effort progresses, you will likely see an increased interest in after-market storm panel products. This is the third and final installment in a series of articles to support you in satisfying your prospective customers’ need for information, when deciding between replacement fenestration and storm window products.Based on some research and a review of several prime window warranties, windows with installed storm windows and...

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Observe Window Safety Year Round

As spring arrives, the National Safety Council’s Window Safety Task Force encourages everyone to recognize the importance of practicing window safety during Window Safety Week, being observed in 2017 from April 2-8. However, open windows any time of year can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised. While the number of falls from windows is generally very small compared with other recorded child injuries, a window incident can result in serious injury or possibly even death.

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AAMA Hosting Webinar on Window Safety to Promote Awareness During Window Safety Week

Falls from a window can result in serious injury or death, especially for children. In honor of Window Safety Week (April 2-8), the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will be presenting a webinar covering window safety tips and helpful resources. During the webinar on April 5, AAMA Marketing Manager Angela Dickson will share with participants what they can do to spread awareness about this important safety issue.The webinar will be held at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. Register now to save a spot for this complimentary event,...

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AAMA Releases New Standard Test Method of Static Loading and Impact on Exterior Shading Devices

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released a new document to provides a standard laboratory procedure for exterior shading devices and the project-specific evaluation of downward static ice and snow loads, and impacts on them from falling ice or snow. AAMA 514-16, the Standard Test Method of Static Loading and Impact on Exterior Shading Devices, uses sandbags to simulate downward loads from ice and snow to test shading devices.“Exterior sun shades are used to reduce solar heat gain and glare, and redirect natural daylight,”...

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Dean Lewis Has Retired from AAMA After 18 Years

A long-time staff member at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has retired. AAMA Technical Manager, Training and Education, Dean Lewis retired from the association as of the end of 2016.“AAMA membership and staff alike will miss the wealth of knowledge and history that Dean provided during his long tenure at AAMA,” said Rich Walker, AAMA President and CEO. “We’ll miss Dean the ‘answer man’ and his voice moderating the webinar series - two of Dean’s favorite responsibilities. Dean has been an integral part of...

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AAMA Ratifies 2017 Board, Welcomes New Chair Mike DeSoto, New Vice Chair Donnie Hunter

At the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 80th Annual Conference, the association’s membership ratified the 2017 Board of Directors. Mike DeSoto (MI Windows and Doors) is the new Chairman of the Board, and Donnie Hunter (Kawneer) took on the role of Vice Chairman. Carl Troiano (Trojan Powder Coatings) accepted Hunter’s previous Board position as an architectural representative.“As Chairman of the AAMA Board of Directors, I will focus on three key areas to better serve our members,” said DeSoto. “First, refining the national conference schedule to...

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Website Content Addresses Replacement Windows and Storm Windows

The EPA and the Attachment Energy Rating Council (AERC) are working together to create an ENERGY STAR® storm panel category. As this effort progresses, you will likely see an increased interest in after-market storm panel products. This is the second in a series of articles to support you in satisfying your prospective customers’ need for information, when deciding between replacement fenestration and storm window products. You can review the previous article here.Consider adding the following items to your website for easy access by potential customers:ArticlesTo...

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AAMA Releases New Selection and Application Guide for Plastic Glazed Skylights and Sloped Glazing

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released a new document to provide guidance and sound technical information on the various aspects and considerations that need to be considered when applying plastic-glazed skylights and sloped glazing as an enhancement to a building design. The document is intended to provide the architect, engineer, contractor and property owner with this information and knowledge in order to help them understand the value and effective application of these features, as well as the benefits of different plastic glazing materials.“Based...

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Sustainability Remains a Hot Topic at AAMA 80th Annual Conference; Speakers Discuss Role of Fenestration

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) heard from a number of speakers and presenters focused on green building topics and sustainability at the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ (February 12-15). Participants heard upcoming changes to California’s Proposition 65, as well as an overview of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), the importance of sustainable cities and the manufacturer’s role in reaching consumers.Prop 65 Regulations and AmendmentsJohn Nolan of the Gary Law Group spoke about California Prop 65 and the changes expected in 2018. Prop 65...

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Dr. Jim Doti Offers Economic Forecast, Housing Market Predictions at AAMA 80th Annual Conference

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) hosted Dr. Jim Doti, President Emeritus at Chapman University and Donald Bren Distinguished Chair of Business and Economics, at the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ (February 12-15). Doti provided an economic forecast and shared some predictions specific to the housing market.The A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research at Chapman University provides a top ranked forecast of real GDP in terms of accuracy, said Doti, adding that recently, due to the recent presidential election, statisticians "have gotten...

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Keynote Speaker Janine Driver Shares Secrets of Understanding Body Language at 80th Annual Conference

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) was pleased to host body language expert Janine Driver as the keynote speaker at the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ (February 12-15). Driver, praised as an expert by Anderson Cooper and featured on the TODAY show, gives instruction on understanding nonverbal communication. During the conference, she shared tips on how to read and use body language to develop and maintain good relationships with customers.“I'm here to prove to you that of everything you put on today, what...

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AAMA Recognizes Member Leadership during Milestone 80th Annual Conference

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at the 80th Annual Conference Awards Banquet held Monday night in Phoenix, AZ. Award presenters noted the importance of these member contributions as they serve to further the industry as a whole.Outstanding Member Award – Steve Strawn (JELD-WEN)Steve Strawn, Codes & Regulatory Manager for JELD-WEN (Portland, OR), was named Outstanding Member, as presented by the outgoing AAMA Board of Directors Chairman Georges Thiret (Graham Architectural Products).The Outstanding...

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Case Study: Municipality Brings Natural Light into New Ashburn, VA Firehouse

Located about 20 miles outside of Washington D.C. in Ashburn, Virginia, an old firehouse served a heavily populated geographical area. Next to this original 65-year-old, 13,000-square-foot station, the fire company built an entirely new, 35,000-squarefoot, two-story building. Around 5,000 square feet of the original building was retrofitted to house a social hall.

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Share Replacement Window Information with Consumers

The EPA and the Attachment Energy Rating Council (AERC) are working together to create an ENERGY STAR storm panel category. As this effort progresses, you will likely see an increased interest in after-market storm panel products. This is the first in a series of articles to support you in satisfying your prospective customers’ need for information, when deciding between replacement fenestration and storm window products.Use the following ideas to begin developing communications related to storm windows.What kind of customer will be looking to purchase storm...

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Case Study: After Fallen Tree Damages Cabin, New Fiberglass-Exterior Windows Withstand Elements

When a cabin suffered damage from a fallen tree along the Merced River Yosemite National Park area in California, the owners decided to rebuild it as a guest home for visiting friends and family. They identified their desired look as an English cottage style and brought in designer Jeanie Bartholomew to help with this vision. A civil engineer was also added to ensure the style could support the design.

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AAMA Releases Updated Report on Structural Performance of Composite Thermal Barrier Systems

AAMA recently released an updated technical information report addressing the most commonly used composite thermal barrier systems. The 72-page AAMA TIR-A8-16, Structural Performance of Composite Thermal Barrier Framing Systems, was last updated in 2008 and now includes several new figures and instructions specific to testing dual cavities. Updated software and a user guide are forthcoming to aid users in understanding information contained in this report.

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Speakers, Workshops to Focus on Communication, Industry Needs at Milestone AAMA 80 Annual Conference

The speakers at AAMA's 80th Annual Conference in February in Phoenix, will address general business topics, such as communication, as well as industry-specific ones, such as Building Information Modeling and Environmental Product Declarations. Registration for this conference, giving access to all speakers and several industry workshops, is now open. Early bird registration continues until January 26, so reserve a space now.

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Milestone AAMA 80th Annual Conference Registration Opens, Event Re-Structured; 2017-18 Events Set

AAMA has opened registration for the AAMA 80th Annual Conference, to be held February 12-15, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort. This is the first-ever conference AAMA is hosting with the association's new conference restructuring plans put in place and will also feature the annual awards banquet during this milestone year. A special rate is guaranteed through January 26, and attendees are encouraged to book before this date.

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AAMA Releases Updated Document for Impact-Resistant Windows, Doors and Skylights

AAMA recently released an updated document using ASTM test methods to qualify windows, doors and skylights as "impact resistant." The AAMA 506-16, Voluntary Specifications for Impact and Cycle Testing of Fenestration Products, was last updated in 2011.

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Case Study: Vinyl Windows at Mixed-Use Space Withstand Humidity, Maintain Visual Charm

City Place is a mixed-use development on a five acre site near the Brookhaven MARTA Station, outside metropolitan Atlanta. This Dekalb County development serves as the nucleus for the surrounding Brookhaven neighborhood, with pedestrian friendly sidewalks and a ground floor retail commercial focus.

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