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November 24, 2015

Give Back This Holiday Season with AAMA

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The holiday season is a time for reflection and planning for many in the industry, but it's also a time to be thankful and to give back. AAMA is committed to improving the lives of those in need, through outreach efforts like our World Vision partnership and the AAMA scholarship program. This December, you can join AAMA in supporting Team Nicholas, a nonprofit that brings comfort to children facing critical health problems, as well as their families and care givers.

November 9, 2015

AAMA to Serve as Inspection Agency for Certified Alaska Tough Certification Program

AAMA is announcing a partnership with the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, an industry-based, nonprofit corporation in Fairbanks, AK created to facilitate the development, use and testing of energy-efficient, durable, healthy and cost-effective building technologies for people living in circumpolar regions around the globe. Effective immediately, AAMA will serve as an Inspection Agency for residential windows -- the first addition to CCHRC's Certified Alaska Tough program.

November 2, 2015

Corporate Renewal Process to Begin Week of Nov 2: Check Your Email

The renewal process for AAMA Corporate members will begin the first week of November. AAMA Corporate membership is available to businesses involved in the manufacturing, sale or service of fenestration products and is renewed on an annual basis. All main contacts at member companies should watch for future email reminders from the AAMA Membership Department regarding the renewal process, as all renewals are due by January 1, 2016.

October 30, 2015

AAMA and World Vision Fill 500 Backpacks with Supplies for In-Need Children

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During the AAMA 2015 National Fall Conference, volunteers filled backpacks with school supplies to benefit children at seven Title I elementary schools in the Cambridge, MD area. A total of 500 backpacks were filled and distributed during the event.

October 29, 2015

It's the Frosting

Is the icing more important than the cake? A TV commercial once would have had us think so. But in today's glazing technology, glass coatings have indeed become virtually as important as the glass itself when it comes to energy efficiency.

October 28, 2015

Which Aluminum Finish?

Aesthetics, coloration, durability and cost all play a role in the decision-making process when selecting the right finish for aluminum extrusion building products. The selection, which is highly dependent on project criteria and conditions, first breaks down to a choice between two broad categories: integral finishes and externally-applied coatings.

October 22, 2015

Aaron Smith Highlights Importance of Transparency with EPDs, LCAs, HPDs during AAMA Fall Conference

The age of transparency is here, and it's a major focus of green building standards and codes, said Aaron Smith, Director of Sustainable Building Solutions for ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. Smith, LEED AP BD+C, gave a presentation called Opening the Door to Transparency - LEED v4, EPDs and HPDs at the AAMA 2015 Fall Conference.

October 21, 2015

AAMA Manufacturing Safety Forum Addresses Risk Management, OSHA

Manufacturing safety was an area of focus during the AAMA 2015 Fall Conference. Terry Burkhalter, an authorized Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) instructor and trainer, discussed risk management and safety in manufacturing on Monday, October 19 during the event.

October 21, 2015

Four New Staff Members Join Ranks at AAMA

AAMA welcomes four new staff members: Michelle Gaynes, Education Coordinator; Lorraine Zimak, Association Services Assistant; Julia Carlucci, Technical Standards Assistant; and Diana Hanson, Regulatory Affairs Manager.

October 19, 2015

AAMA Keynote Speaker Addresses the Impact of Demographics

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AAMA welcomed Ken Gronbach as keynote speaker for the AAMA 2015 National Fall Conference. Gronbach is a demographer, futurist and author who writes about how countries' age curves interact to create the opportunities and challenges of the world we live in today and what the future will bring for people, profits and the planet. Gronbach spoke about his research and work on Monday, October 19 during the conference.

October 14, 2015

AAMA Announces New Regulatory Affairs Manager Diana Hanson

AAMA has added Diana Hanson, Regulatory Affairs Manager, to its ranks. Hanson comes to AAMA with association experience as a founding member of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA).

October 2, 2015

Fall Conference Online Registration to Close October 5

There's still time to register for the AAMA 2015 National Fall Conference. The event will take place October 18-21 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, MD. Don't miss this chance to hear from a unique keynote speaker, to network with those in the industry at the annual supplier product display and to have the chance of winning prizes through a new interactive game within the AAMA App.

October 2, 2015

Meetings Manager Florence Nicolici Celebrates 30 Years at AAMA

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AAMA's beloved Meetings Manager celebrated working for the association for 30 years on September 9, She is a crucial member of the AAMA family and AAMA staff have had much to say about how much she means to them. Today, we sat down with Florence to talk about her long career and her thoughts on why AAMA is a special place to work.

October 1, 2015

Industry Standards Pave Way for Market Penetration

Cellulosic composite framing materials establish themselves in the marketplace and deliver their many benefits only to the extent that their performance can be evaluated objectively and uniformly by specifiers. Industry consensus standards provide the objective data for such evaluation and form the foundation of a quality assurance system for buyers, specifiers and fabricators of composite products, as well as a reference point for national code organizations and local building officials.

September 30, 2015

Fall Conference to Host Fun Facts Game with Cash Prizes

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Have you ever wondered if there's an AAMA member in your midst who played college racquetball or once took a vacation to Ibiza? If you're attending the upcoming Fall Conference in Cambridge, MD October 18-21, you'll want to brush up on your fellow AAMA member trivia -- doing so could get you a cash prize at the event. A total of 15 prizes will be available during the conference.

September 22, 2015

AAMA Granted ANSI Accreditation in Accordance with ISO/IEC 17065

AAMA is pleased to announce that its air-water-structural product certification program has been granted accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065-2012 Conformity assessment -- Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services. The scope of the accreditation includes Doors and Windows (91.050.60).

September 1, 2015

FenestrationMasters Rebranding Announced

Some recent rebranding changes have been made within the FenestrationMasters certification program. Specifically, the official letter designation given to those who complete training and pass the final exam has been updated, and new ways to promote certification have been added.

September 1, 2015

AAMA to Host Express Learning, #RUsmarter Game at GlassBuild America

Will you be attending GlassBuild America in Atlanta in a couple weeks? AAMA will be there, so be sure to visit booth 2707. We'll be participating in two equally big ways: hosting an Express Learning session on field testing and offering course and exam discounts through the "Are You Smarter Than a FenestrationMaster?" game show.

August 31, 2015

AAMA Releases New Comparison of Condensation Ratings Systems for Fenestration Document

AAMA has created and released a new document laying out comparisons among three different rating systems for condensation on interior surfaces of fenestration products.

August 31, 2015

Fall Conference Registration Now Open: Enjoy Extra Networking Opportunities

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The AAMA 2015 National Fall Conference will be held October 18-21 in Cambridge, MD, just in time to enjoy the peak fall foliage. Registration just opened, and early bird prices end on September 25. This event includes multiple opportunities to network.

August 26, 2015

ICC and AAMA Combine to Better Define Operating Force for ADA Compliance

Depending on a building's location and use, there are fenestration performance factors that go beyond the basics of design wind pressure, water penetration and air infiltration. These can be especially important for openings in State and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities subject to public access.

August 19, 2015

AAMA Releases Updated Requirements for Coatings on Steel Hardware Components

AAMA has updated and released a document specifying requirements for corrosion resistant coatings on carbon steels used for hardware components in window, door, and skylight applications. The document was previously updated in 2012.

August 11, 2015

Opening Thoughts from the Western Region Board of Directors

I hope you had a chance to attend the Western Region Summer Summit in June, which took place immediately after the AAMA National Summer Conference in Seattle. We had a lot of collaboration and discussions, and heard from a slate of regionally-specific speakers. In this edition of the Western Region e-News you can see some coverage of the information given. In case you missed the Summit, presentations are available for you to view in the Members Only section of the AAMA website.

August 3, 2015

AAMA Offers Chance to Win Discounts Toward FenestrationMasters Courses and Exams

AAMA will host an online contest on both LinkedIn and Twitter every Monday and Wednesday, respectively, at 12:30 p.m. EDT from August 10 through September 9, as well as during the GlassBuild America show (September 16-18 in Atlanta, GA). The contest will feature quiz questions from AAMA's FenestrationMasters program--the industry resource for comprehensive professional education and certification.

July 29, 2015

AAMA Releases Updated Methods of Test for Exterior Walls

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AAMA has updated and released a document specifying test methods, specifications, and field checks used to evaluate the structural adequacy of wall systems and their ability to resist water penetration and air leakage. Other optional tests are also included. AAMA 501-15 is intended to be referenced in current laboratory and field testing methods for exterior wall systems comprised of curtain walls, storefronts and sloped glazing. It was previously updated in 2005.

July 6, 2015

John Nolan Discusses Legal Issues, Risk Management at AAMA Summer Conference

At the 2015 AAMA National Summer Conference, the industry heard from an AMC speaker and expert on legal issues, risk identification and management. John Nolan of the Gary Law Group spoke June 30 and gave an overview of the country's legal landscape.

July 6, 2015

2015 AAMA Summer Conference Speakers Focus on Green Matters, Sustainability

Speakers and presenters offered insights into the future of sustainability in the building industry at the AAMA 2015 Summer Conference, held June 28-July 1, in Seattle, WA. Topics covered there included alternatives for green certifications, window technology in Europe and the future of building products.

June 30, 2015

Mic Patterson Gives Keynote Address on Fašade Technology and Applications at AAMA Summer Conference

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Author and researcher Mic Patterson addressed the audience at the 2015 AAMA Summer Conference, held June 28-July 1, in Seattle, WA. Patterson's keynote address at the event reviewed the recent evolution in fašade technology and applications. He identified current and emerging drivers that are powering this change and discussed the challenges and opportunities now facing the glass industry.

June 29, 2015

AAMA Announces 2015 Scholarship Winners

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AAMA celebrated 15 consecutive years of furthering the careers and education of students pursuing a degree related to the building products industry by awarding seven AAMA scholarships to children of employees of AAMA member companies. The scholarship award winners were announced during the 2015 AAMA Summer Conference, held June 28-July 1, in Seattle, WA. The recipients of nine partner scholarships were also announced.

June 23, 2015

AAMA Releases Updated Aluminum Finishes Documents

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AAMA has updated and released two documents specific to aluminum finishes: AAMA 612-15, Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements, and Test Procedures for Combined Coatings of Anodic Oxide and Transparent Organic Coatings on Architectural Aluminum, and AAMA 2603-15, Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Pigmented Organic Coatings on Aluminum Extrusions and Panels (with Coil Coating Appendix).

June 16, 2015

AAMA Releases Updated Specification for Liquid-Applied Flashing for Creating Water-Resistive Seals

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AAMA has updated and released a document specifying performance requirements for liquid applied flashing used to provide a water-resistive seal around exterior wall openings in buildings that includes fenestration products such as windows and doors, as well as other through-wall penetrations. AAMA 714-15 was previously updated in 2011 and again in 2012.

June 5, 2015

AAMA LinkedIn Group Reaches 1,500 Followers

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The AAMA LinkedIn group recently surpassed 1,500 followers, a milestone in the association's social media outreach efforts. This public group is open to all involved in the fenestration industry, and not just AAMA members. To join, visit LinkedIn and search the groups for AAMA to begin participating in the industry discussions.

June 1, 2015

AAMA 2015 National Summer Conference Early Bird Registration Closing June 4

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Early bird registration for the upcoming AAMA 2015 National Summer Conference will close on Thursday, June 4, but those interested may still plan to participate. The conference will be held June 28-July 1 at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, and a wide range of speakers have been scheduled for the week. The AAMA Western Region Summer Summit will follow immediately after, from July 1-2, in the same location and will feature an excellent slate of speakers specific to that region's interests.

June 1, 2015

Skylight Fall Protection Task Group Nears Hand-Off to ASTM

Some four years of work on the part of the AAMA Skylight Fall Protection Task Group is nearing culmination in the form of key input to the development of an ASTM human impact standard. The task group's goal has been to develop AAMA member consensus regarding issues germane to the ASTM standard wherever possible.

June 1, 2015

June 16 #AAMAwebinar to Lay Out How to Succeed with FenestrationMasters

Registration for the next American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) webinar is now open. On June 16, Dean Lewis, AAMA Educational and Technical Information Manager, will provide a complete explanation of the benefits, procedures, costs and study materials available to take full advantage of the FenestrationMasters professional education and certification program. Anyone in the industry can participate in this free #AAMAwebinar from the comfort of their own office or home.

May 4, 2015

FBC 2014 Does Not Require Door Testing to NAFS

Rumors apparently still persist among some side-hinged door manufacturers and jobbers that, among the modifications to the Florida Building Code (FBC) 5th Edition (2014) that takes effect June 30, 2015, is a requirement for all doors to be tested according to NAFS (AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/IS2/A440).

March 31, 2015

New Task Groups Tackle EPA Requirements and FPIS Installation Details

Two new Task Groups were created by the Wall Interface Council at the AAMA Annual Conference in February.

February 27, 2015

Finish Applicator Rules for Component Verification

Recognizing that a window or door is a complex, interacting system of components that must perform properly over a long service life, the AAMA Certification Program requires that components used in a finished window or door assembly pass their own set of performance tests as referenced in the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS).

February 3, 2015

AAMA Joins California Utilities in Calling for Title 24 Skylight Fix

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is looking ahead to changes for the 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards contained in the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 24, Part 6 (also known as the California Energy Code). The Draft 2016 Title 24 Standard was issued November 3, 2014. Adoption is expected by approximately April 1, and it is projected to take effect by January 1, 2017.

January 30, 2015

WCC Specification Made Easy

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.

January 8, 2015

Why Get Involved with FMC?

The Fiberglass Materials Council (FMC) celebrated its tenth anniversary this past year. There has been a lot of industry activity over that decade that is impactful for fiberglass, and the trend continues. That's also why we formed the FMC in the first place. The FMC has certainly risen to the occasion, developing the first profile standard (AAMA 305) to follow the original polymeric standard for vinyl; finishes standards, a profile certification program and industry education programs.

January 7, 2015

NAFS Amendments Could Resolve U.S. - Canada Hardware Testing Differences

For some time, the side-hinged door has presented a special and somewhat elusive case for component verification and product certification, owing to unique properties of both the product and its marketplace. Window products are typically tested and rated for performance with all of the components and hardware that will be supplied with the product. This, however, is not the case for all side-hinged door systems.

January 3, 2014

Case Study: Lodging Chain Sees Suite Deal in Fiberglass

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More than 470 hotels throughout the world proudly display the Country Inns and Suites identity. The chain of mid-rate accommodations is part of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world's largest and most dynamic hotel companies. The company boasts a portfolio of more than 1,300 hotels in operation and under development in 100 countries and territories.

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