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Significant Progress Made on Green and Sustainability Specification Development at Fall Conference

September 28, 2011

At AAMA’s National Fall Conference in Palm Desert, CA, the association’s green-related task groups met to discuss AAMA’s green product certification programs. The conference marked the first in-person meeting of the reactivated Green and Sustainability Procedural Guide Task Group, as well as the successful completion of the Product Group ballot moving the specification closer to publication.

Green Specification
The Green and Sustainability Specification Development Task Group members resolved all of the negatives and comments from the Residential Product Group (RPG) ballot of the AAMA Green Product Certification Program criteria for R and LC class products. The ballot resolution resulted in revisions to the performance criteria for the Energy Efficiency categories ((U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)). Additionally, changes were made to the performance criteria for Visible Transmittance (VT). Both of these sections will be re-balloted to the RPG.

During the Summer Conference in June, reports were heard regarding the development status of the AAMA Green Certification Program criteria for CW and AW class products and a project to develop a version of the program for unit skylights and sloped glazed products. The criteria for CW and AW class products were re-balloted prior to the Fall Conference, and the results will be reviewed by the Green and Sustainability Specification Development Task Group through an upcoming conference call.

For all versions of the certification criteria, AAMA’s objective is to work with programs such as LEED® and Green Globes in an effort to have the AAMA program referenced in existing green building rating programs.

Green Procedural Guide
As a continuation of a prior conference call, Green and Sustainability Procedural Guide Task Group Chair, Tracy Rogers (Edgetech IG) directed the meeting in which development of the document that will define the procedures and documentation required to earn green product certification was discussed. The document draft was introduced and will be emailed to the task group members for further review and discussion by way of a conference call following the Fall Conference.

For more information about the activities of AAMA’s green-related task groups, please visit the Members Only section of the AAMA website for minutes and general updates. Green news is also provided in the monthly electronic newsletter, AAMA e-News.

Thank you to our Silver Sponsor, Amesbury, and to all our Fall Conference sponsors for making this event a success.

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