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April 15, 2016

Vinyl Material Council - Activities Summary

During the AAMA Annual Conference in February, the Vinyl Material Council and its supporting committees and task groups reported document updates, environmental initiatives and vinyl's application in commercial buildings. This article provides a quick synopsis of these vinyl-related meetings.

April 15, 2016

Wall Interface Council - Activities Summary

Several committees and task groups that report to the Wall Interface Council met during the AAMA Annual Conference in February to continue document developments, as well as industry guidelines and potential research partnerships.

April 15, 2016

NAFS Ballot Closes May 1

The Joint Document Management Group of AAMA, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) has requested that the draft of the updated version of NAFS-11 be balloted to the committee's respective members. This ballot was sent to all AAMA Category 1 voting members on March 17 and is scheduled to close on May 1, pending enough responses are received. This is a significant document both in importance to the industry and document depth.

April 15, 2016

Building the Foundation for Environmental Transparency

Window manufacturers now have a good foundation to work from in the development of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for their products.

April 5, 2016

AAMA Webinar on Daylighting Metrics for Skylights Open to Industry

AAMA will hold a webinar open to the industry to discuss the role of daylighting in current energy and sustainable codes as well as advanced building design, daylighting strategies and methods, and the science behind the measurements. Vice President of Product Enterprise for Solatube International, Neall Digert, Ph.D., MIES, will lead the one-hour webinar beginning at 11:30 a.m. EDT on April 12.

March 30, 2016

2016 Summit Surveys Safety

The Western Region Winter Summit, held February 17-18, 2016, in Huntington Beach, CA, expanded its increasingly in-depth and meaningful focus on workplace safety, risk management and dealing with OSHA regulators. Members may view speaker presentations in the Members Only section of the AAMA website.

March 30, 2016

Members Share Best Practices during Safety Forum

A major thrust of the Manufacturing Safety Forum is to provide a venue for the sharing of best practices, intended to help prevent injuries at fenestration plants by learning from each other's experiences.

March 30, 2016

Observe Window Safety Year Round

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As spring arrives, the Window Safety Task Force of the National Safety Council encourages parents and caregivers to recognize the importance of practicing window safety year-round. Window Safety Week is observed April 3-9. However, open windows can be dangerous any time of year for young children who are not properly supervised.

March 28, 2016

Risk Analysis: No Surprises

Dan Ryan, Managing Principal, and Max Rodriguez, Director, Workers’ Compensation Claims, with EPIC Insurance of San Francisco, discussed "Risk Analysis in the Workplace" at the 2016 Western Region Winter Summit.

March 28, 2016

When Cal-OSHA Comes Knocking

Thomas Song of Ogletree Deakins, one of the nation's largest legal advocates for employers, discussed the ins and outs of potential encounters with the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal-OSHA) during the 2016 Western Region Winter Summit.

March 1, 2016

FenestrationMasters Program Recertification Information Available

AAMA is pleased to announce the recertification requirements for the FenestrationMasters program. The FenestrationAssociate and FenestrationMaster professional certification credentials are valid for four years, and the certification can be renewed for an additional four-year period by completing the following requirements.

March 1, 2016

Coatings Fulfill the Promise of Curtain Wall Technology

Embodying a design evolution in structural systems that has not been seen in decades, skyscrapers are being reinvented. The latest trend is that of supertall buildings – defined as more than 300m (984 ft), although some well exceed this. The Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai is 2,717 ft. The Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, when it opens in 2017, will rise above 3,000 ft. U.S. cities, too, are experiencing their own boom in skyscraper construction, with a few earning supertall status.

February 26, 2016

AAMA Webinar on New Window Product Category Rule Open to Industry

AAMA will hold a webinar open to the industry to discuss the new Window Product Category Rule, pertaining to windows, skylights, curtain wall and storefront. The informative webinar is scheduled for an hour beginning at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 15.

February 19, 2016

AAMA Manufacturing Safety Forum Hosts Guest Speaker on Glass Safety

Those at the AAMA 2016 Annual Conference heard from an authority on glass safety in the workplace as part of the association's efforts to promote plant safety awareness. Last year, AAMA created the Manufacturing Safety Forum as a venue for those in the industry to compare and share best practices and safety tips, and speaker Mike Burk (GED Integrated Solutions) used this forum to distribute information specific to glass safety.

February 18, 2016

AAMA Hears from Experts on Trending Fenestration Choices and Future of Housing

Two experts led a discussion on home trends and the future of housing at the AAMA 2016 Annual Conference. Mollie Carmichael (John Burns Real Estate Consulting) and Nick Lehnert (KTGY Architecture and Planning) shared information on trends and design solutions as they pertain to a range of generations and other demographic information.

February 17, 2016

AAMA Keynote Speaker Addresses How to Sell Across Generations

AAMA hosted speaker Matt Beaudreau from the Center for Generational Kinetics at its 2016 Annual Conference. For those at the conference, he drew a map for selling across generations and offered strategies that can help drive sales. His informational and, at times, humorous presentation, "Selling Across Generations," was well attended by the audience.

February 16, 2016

AAMA Recognizes Member Leadership during 79th Annual Conference

AAMA recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at the 79th Annual Conference Awards Banquet held Monday night in Huntington Beach, CA. Award presenters noted the importance of these member contributions as they serve to further the industry as a whole.

February 12, 2016

Six Reasons to Love AAMA

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Valentine's Day is this weekend, and we wanted to share some reasons why AAMA is so well-loved. Take a look at our six reasons to love AAMA and if you agree, please share them with others in the industry!

February 1, 2016

AAMA Promotes Two Staff Members, Takes on New Part-Time Hire

Effective January 1, 2016, two staff members at AAMA were promoted as recognition for their dedication to AAMA and years of service to the association. Lori Benshoof was promoted to Senior Coordinator, Web Services, and Tamara Davis was promoted to Certification Services Coordinator. Additionally, AAMA's intern Emily Joswiak accepted at permanent position as the association's Office Assistant.

February 1, 2016

Bill Deuschle Awarded Honorary Member Status By AAMA Board

Long-time member and industry leader, Bill Deuschle, was made an official Honorary Member of AAMA in December in recognition of his more than 40 years of professional experience and active AAMA involvement, including serving as a mentor to many over the years.

January 29, 2016

Full Line of Speakers to Present at AAMA 79th Annual Conference

If you haven't already registered for next month's AAMA 79th Annual Conference, now is the time to make it happen. A stellar lineup of speakers will address conference participants next month at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach. Registration for the February 14-17 conference remains open, so come learn about selling to multiple generations, aluminum restoration and repair, the future of housing and more.

January 29, 2016

Rich Walker Reflects on 20 Years of Service with AAMA

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AAMA President and CEO, Rich Walker, celebrates 20 years with the association this January. We sat down to speak with him about his time at the association and to ask what he hopes to see in AAMA's future.

January 28, 2016

Finishes Committee Weighs AAMA 653 vs WDMA TM-12

The AAMA WCCMC Finishes Committee, Chaired by Jack Reed (Arkema) is continuing its review of AAMA 653-14, Voluntary Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Organic Coatings on Wood and Cellulosic Composite Substrates, in comparison to WDMA T.M. 12-06, Test Method for Factory Applied Pigmented Finish Coatings for Wood and Wood Cellulosic Composites Used for Millwork.

January 27, 2016

Opening Thoughts from the Western Region Board of Directors

If you're coming to the AAMA 79th Annual Conference, I hope you’ll be staying an extra day to attend the AAMA Western Region Winter Summit. The regional meetings are always important, informational events, but I am especially interested in the line-up for this year's summit. Because the summit is held at the same location as the Annual Conference and immediately follows it, attending is simple.

January 25, 2016

Webinar Highlights Certification Program Revisions

On November 10, 2015, the AAMA Western Region sponsored an AAMA Certification Update webinar, focusing on recently revised inspection and auditing procedures.

January 22, 2016

AAMA Releases Standard for Determining Thermal Performance in Commercial Buildings

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AAMA has updated and released a document laying out the process for determining the thermal performance characteristics of fenestration systems, specifically in commercial buildings. This document was last updated in 2012.

January 22, 2016

2016 Summit Preview: Registration Now Open

Manufacturing safety, risk analysis and the latest building code updates will be the primary themes of the upcoming Western Region Spring Summit, slated for February 17-18, at Huntington Beach, CA.

January 21, 2016

AAMA Releases Updated Specification for Cellular Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Exterior Profiles

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AAMA has updated and released a document specifying requirements of cellular polyvinyl chloride (PVC) exterior profiles used in windows, doors and skylights. The previous edition was published in 2008.

January 8, 2016

AAMA Annual Conference Registration Open, 2016-17 Events Set

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AAMA has opened registration for the AAMA 79th Annual Conference, to be held February 14-17 in Huntington Beach, CA. A special rate is guaranteed through January 21, and attendees are encouraged to book before this date. The AAMA Western Region Winter Summit will immediately follow the conference in the same location, and separate registration is required.

January 8, 2016

Attend AAMA 79th Annual Conference and Visit Huntington Beach, CA

February isn't a bad time to check out California. AAMA invites those in the industry to attend a fun and information-filled event next month, where participants can hear from industry experts. The AAMA 79th Annual Conference will take place February 14-17 in sunny Huntington Beach, just 13 miles from John Wayne International Airport and 38 miles from Los Angeles.

January 8, 2016

Top Five Articles (And Most Popular Blog Posts) of 2015

Now that 2015 has come to a close, here's a look at the top five stories that grabbed the industry's attention on the AAMA website. We've also rounded up the most popular blog posts from each of the AAMA blogs.

January 7, 2016

Continue the California Fun with the AAMA Western Region Winter Summit

If you're already in town next month for the AAMA 79th Annual Conference, why not stay a little longer to take advantage of all the regionally-specific information being offered the next day at the AAMA Western Region Winter Summit? The event is happening at same place – at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, from February 17-18. Registration fee includes both a welcome reception and a lunch.

January 5, 2016

Building Codes Add Classroom Security Options

In the wake of the tragic mass murders at several schools, most recently Umpqua College in Roseburg, OR, approaches to remedies have ranged from gun control to armed guards and mental health treatment to anti-bullying campaigns. The construction industry has responded as well by offering some practical solutions to slow or drastically reduce the scope of a would-be assailant's attack by locking down individual classrooms.

January 5, 2016

Coatings Standards Set for a Facelift

Depending upon the substrate to which they are applied, coatings on fenestration profiles must meet the appropriate AAMA specification referenced within the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS). These specifications describe laboratory test methods and performance criteria for various parameters shown to be critical to the durability of organic coatings on various profile substrates.

December 11, 2015

AAMA Releases Updated Procedural Guide for Certifying Emergency Exit Doors, Sliding Doors, More

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AAMA has revised and updated the procedural guide for certification of manufactured home fenestration products. AAMA 104-15, Procedural Guide for Certification of Manufactured Home Fenestration Products: Windows/Sliding Doors, Emergency Exit Windows and Devices, Swinging Exterior Passage Doors, lays out the process for certifying these products through the AAMA program.

December 1, 2015

Six Ways to Address Those Ballots in Your Inbox (And Why They Matter)

Committee work is an important part of how AAMA affects change in the industry. However, committees and task groups depend on ballot results to get their work done. If you see emails from aamaballots@aamanet.org in your inbox, know that it is important that you respond within the window of time given. When deadlines pass and ballots don't reach consensus, they must be re-balloted all over again – taking up to an additional month to do so.

December 1, 2015

Bill Deuschle to Retire After More Than 40 Years, Industry Wishes Him Well

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A longtime and much-beloved member of AAMA will soon retire from Kawneer after more than 40 years in the industry. Over time, Bill Deuschle served as an AAMA Board member as well as Aluminum Material Council First Vice President, Document Management Committee Vice-Chair and NFRC Advisory Co-Chair, among many other leadership roles.

December 1, 2015

Flashing Standards Expand Code Adoption

Previously referenced only by the International Residential Code (IRC), the recent code adoption cycle has resulted in the addition of two AAMA flashing standards to the commercially-oriented International Building Code (IBC) as well. This happened despite a glitch in the ICC code balloting system (cdpACCESS) that required "do-overs" for some balloted issues.

November 30, 2015

AAMA Scholarship Applications to Open January 1, 2016

The 2016-2017 AAMA Scholarship Program year comes with some big news: a fourth scholarship award has been approved, increasing the chances of your company's applicants being selected. The 2016 application process will begin January 1 and end April 1.

November 30, 2015

Evolving Color Measurement Systems

At the AAMA 2015 National Fall Conference, a panel discussion took place about the two prominent methods for color measurement: HunterLab and CIELab, these different systems evaluate color as well as tolerance.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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).



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