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December 1, 2016

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.

December 1, 2016

New InstallationMasters Courses | Commit to Installer Training, Get Instructor Training Free

Due to the inherent differences in installation practices for new construction versus remodeling, AAMA is expanding the InstallationMasters professional certification program to include information from consensus installation practices not previously covered by the program and is enhancing the coverage of content previously included. In response to industry input, AAMA is also re-organizing course content into focused segments to better address market needs.

November 30, 2016

AAMA to Improve AAMA e-News Structure, Appearance

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With a new year approaching, AAMA will be implementing improvements to the AAMA e-News format. The AAMA website will soon show the results of a vast redesign, and along with it there will be a new layout to our content-rich monthly newsletter, beginning in 2017. The revamped newsletter design will include a cleaner appearance, new rotating section headers and the opportunity for member companies to purchase sponsorships.

November 29, 2016

Standard Enabled Window Specification Exists without Prescriptive Material-Related Criteria

In AAMA 101V-86, the performance requirements, minimum test sizes, etc., were established as identical to those required of aluminum products – which established the foundation for today's performance-oriented, material-neutral rationale for AAMA standards. 101V-86 material specifications for vinyl (PVC) frames and sash and a corner weld test were included to determine the adequacy of welded vinyl sash corners.

November 29, 2016

Call to Action: SDL Adhesive Spec Needs Update

Simulated Divided Lites (SDL) bars (a.k.a., muntin bars), attached to the surface of the glazing, give a classic, divided lite look without the cost and energy performance degradation that can occur with true divided lites. Double-sided muntin tape employing a high-performance adhesive system is used to permanently adhere the external muntin bars – made of a variety of materials – to the glass.

November 23, 2016

30-Year Vinyl Landmark Arrives, Council Work Thrives

This year is the 30-year anniversary of vinyl being incorporated into AAMA window standards, and the first instance of AAMA's evolution to multiple materials from an aluminum-only organization. In retrospect, this was a key development for the industry. As the council enters its fourth decade, work on vinyl standards and other material-focused matters continues.

November 23, 2016

WIC Goes Over Plans for Task Group Work, Conference Restructuring, at Fall Conference

The Wall Interface Council discussed the ongoing work of several task groups and committees at the Fall Conference in Savannah, GA. WIC members also reviewed how future council meetings will look beginning this winter, when the AAMA conference restructuring plans are put into action. Attend the AAMA Annual Conference in February to participate.

October 31, 2016

AMC Hears About Joint Efforts, New Conversion Coating Technology at Fall Conference

The Aluminum Material Council hear from the AMC Finishes Committee in collaboration with the Pre-Treatment and Corrosive Environment Task Groups during the AAMA Fall Conference, and those participating also heard the pros and cons of new conversion coating technology. Those interested in these topics and more can get involved during the next AAMA Conference in February.

October 28, 2016

Joint IGMA/AAMA Task Group Progresses toward Edge Pressure Testing

Excessive edge pressure applied to insulating glass units (IGUs) – as, for example, that exerted by over-tightened pressure plates used to secure glazing in curtain wall or sloped glazing systems – can create an aesthetic issue and ultimately result in a seal failure. A major example is the creation of a "wavy" edge of sealing material such as polyisobutylene (PIB) protruding into the vision area of the IGU, a phenomenon known as "scalloping."

October 27, 2016

Corporate Membership Renewal Begins in November: Check Your Email

The renewal process for AAMA Corporate members will begin the second week of November. Renewing your membership on time will ensure your company has uninterrupted access to our benefits package and maintains its membership tenure as well as its listing on the AAMA website for continued customer referrals. AAMA Corporate membership is available to businesses involved in the manufacturing, sale or service of fenestration products and related components and is renewed on an annual basis.

October 6, 2016

SSGC Dives into Working on Safety Initiative, More

At the AAMA Fall Conference held in Savannah, GA in September, the Skylight/Sloped Glazing Council heard from several task groups with project updates on matters like updates to the committee’s Skylight Selection and Design Guide, a fall protection campaign and code developments. Work will continue at the AAMA Annual Conference in February to be held in Phoenix, AZ.

October 6, 2016

Public Comments on ICC Group B Codes Discussed

At the AAMA Fall Conference, the AAMA Skylight/Sloped Glazing Codes and Regulatory Affairs Committee received an update on skylight-related code activity, specifically with regards to the ICC Group B Code Development Cycle.

October 5, 2016

Finishes Committee Works Toward Consolidating AAMA/WDMA Standards, Discusses Certification

At the AAMA Fall Conference, the Wood and Cellulosic Composite Material Council discussed the current work of the WCCMC Finishes Committee, newsletter topics and an AAMA opportunity regarding ASTM. Work on these matters will continue in 2017 at the AAMA Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ this February.

September 29, 2016

Mike Collins Offers Industry Forecast at AAMA Fall Conference

During the AAMA 2016 National Fall Conference, Michael Collins, partner and managing director of Building Industry Advisors, LLC, provided an economic overview and outlook of the window and door industry.

September 28, 2016

AAMA Sustainability Steering Committee Hosts Speakers on WELL Building Standard, Air Quality Testing

During the AAMA 2016 National Fall Conference, the AAMA Sustainability Steering Committee hosted two speakers who stressed the importance of wellness in buildings the industry assists in creating and renovating. Lauren Wallace (Epsten Group) focused on the WELL Building Standard and the Living Building Challenge, followed by Dr. Elliott Horner (UL), who gave those in attendance information on indoor air quality testing and its merits.

September 28, 2016

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

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During the AAMA 2016 National Fall Conference, volunteers filled backpacks with school supplies to benefit children at a local Title I elementary school in the Savannah, GA area. A total of 500 backpacks were filled and distributed during the event at East Broad Street K-8 School on Monday, September 26.

September 27, 2016

AAMA Keynote Speaker Emphasizes Listening, Valuing Others' Knowledge to Keep Top Talent

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At the AAMA 2016 National Fall Conference, those present heard management lessons from keynote speaker Garrison Wynn. Wynn shared the ways in which top performers harness the power of their personal and organizational influence – stressing the importance of making those around feel heard.

September 1, 2016

Fall Conference to Feature Supplier Product Display, Expert Speakers and Networking Opportunities

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Registration is now open for the AAMA 2016 National Fall Conference being held September 25-28 in sunny Savannah, GA. Those who register on or by September 9 can take advantage of an early bird discount. The Fall Conference will offer members the chance to showcase their products at the supplier-focused display, and all in attendance will benefit from an expert slate of speakers.

August 30, 2016

Door Council Makes Plans for Door Standards Upgrade, Code Developments, More

Updates were heard from the AAAMA 930-03 Review Task Group, the Multi-Panel Door Testing for Certification Task Group and others at the AAMA Summer Conference in June. Plans for an upgrade to the AAMA 920 were also made. Additional work from Door Council will commence soon at the AAMA Fall Conference September 5-28.

August 30, 2016

FMC Reviews Finishes Trilogy Update, AAMA 305, Others at Summer Conference

At the AAMA Summer Conference, the Fiberglass Material Council heard updates on documents including the AAMA 305 and the AAMA Finishes Trilogy. The Color Space (Hunter/CIELAB) Task Group also shared information on their plans to align color guidelines. Further work will be conducted in September at the AAMA Fall Conference in Savannah, GA.

August 29, 2016

AAMA Releases Updated Document for Architectural Class Windows and Doors

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AAMA recently released an updated document describing the test procedures and specifications Architectural Class windows and doors (AW). The AAMA 910-16, Voluntary "Life Cycle" Specifications and Test Methods for AW Class Architectural Windows and Doors, was last updated in 2010.

August 25, 2016

RUsmarter Returns: Play AAMA's Online and In-Person Game for FenestrationMasters Discounts

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AAMA will host an online contest for players to win discounts on FenestrationMasters courses and exams. The game will be played on both LinkedIn and Twitter every Monday and Wednesday, respectively, at 12:30 p.m. EDT from September 12 through October 12, as well as during the GlassBuild America show (October 19-21 in Las Vegas, NV). The contest will feature quiz questions from AAMA's FenestrationsMasters program—the industry resource for comprehensive professional education and certification.

August 22, 2016

New AAMA Course Covers Fundamentals of Fenestration

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AAMA has announced the introduction of a new offering from the association's education program. The "Fundamentals of Fenestration" provides basic terminology and standards for windows, doors and skylights, covering both residential and light commercial products, as well as commercial and architectural applications. The online course is designed for use by several audiences, as well as qualifying for continuing education credits.

August 11, 2016

AAMA Releases Updated Document for Active Side-Hinged Exterior Door Slabs

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AAMA recently released an updated document establishing a standard test method and set of performance criteria for side-hinged exterior door active slabs and their associated hardware connections under accelerated operating conditions. The AAMA 920-16, Specification for Operating Cycle Performance of Active Side-Hinged Exterior Door Slabs, was last updated in 2011.

August 1, 2016

August 23 AAMA Webinar to Focus on New California Building Energy Standards, Installation Documents

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will cover the new California building energy standards going into effect as of January 2017, as well as some recently published installation documents, during a two-part webinar at 12:00 noon EDT on Tuesday, August 23. These topics were chosen due to their impact on a large segment of the industry.

July 29, 2016

AAMA Releases Updated Sealants Document

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The AAMA recently released an updated document describing the test procedures and specifications required for sealants. The AAMA 800 document, Voluntary Specifications and Test Methods for Sealants, was last updated in 2010.

July 28, 2016

See, Learn, Meet and Connect at GlassBuild America October 19-21

GlassBuild America is now less than three months away, but advance registration for this crucial industry tradeshow is open until September 30. AAMA is once again an official association sponsor, and we are looking forward to visiting Las Vegas once again for the October 19-21 show.

July 28, 2016

Fall Conference Registration to Open August 17

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Early bird registration for the upcoming AAMA 2016 National Fall Conference will open Wednesday, August 17 and will be available until September 9. The four-day event takes place September 25-28 at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah, GA – about eight miles away from the Savannah International Airport. Some long-time favorite activities, including the annual backpack build to aid a local school district and the popular Supplier Product Display, will be included. Sponsorships are also available.

July 27, 2016

AAMA 800 Update Simplifies Access

The recently released 2016 edition of the AAMA 800 Voluntary Specifications and Test Methods for Sealants, like previous editions, covers sealants used in both factory assembly and job-site installation of fenestration products. The latest version, however, has been reorganized to facilitate use by both sealant manufacturers and fenestration fabricators, as well as ease the task of future updates.

July 26, 2016

Wall Interface Council Activities Update

Several committee and task group reports for Wall Interface Council were given at the AAMA Summer Conference. Watch for updates on these and more at the upcoming AAMA Fall Conference, September 25-28, in Savannah, GA.

July 26, 2016

VMC Reviews Documents, Vinyl Education and Marketing Plans

At the AAMA Summer Conference, reports were given for several committees and task groups within the Vinyl Material Council, including an update on AAMA 303, VMC Finishes, vinyl education and marketing and more. Watch for updates on these and more at the upcoming AAMA Fall Conference, September 25-28, in Savannah, GA.

July 22, 2016

Emerging Trends in Transparency: Eco Labels and EPDs

During the AAMA Southeast Region Summer Meeting held in June, those participating heard from a speaker about current trends in eco labels as well as EPDs. "Sustainability is evolving," declared Michael Lehmann of UL Environment, "shifting to encompass much more than just reducing our negative impacts on the environment, but also about creating healthier environments where we live, work and play."

July 22, 2016

Opening Thoughts from the Southeast Region Board of Directors

Were you with us last month in Texas? If not, you probably didn't miss the heat, but you did miss great input from industry experts. Participants at the AAMA Southeast Region Summer Meeting, held June 15-16, 2016, in San Antonio, TX, received valuable information on AAMA certification, workplace safety, blast-resistant design for complex glazed facades, Texas hurricane zone fenestration requirements and some latest industry trends.

July 21, 2016

Multi-Hazard Analysis of Complex Glazed Facades

At the AAMA Southeast Region Summer Meeting, Carrie Davis, PE, from Protection Engineering Consultants (PEC) – a San Antonio-based structural and mechanical consulting engineering firm – presented a primer on blast-resistant design, focusing on how blast loads differ from and interact with "traditional" loads, what government or industry criteria are available as design tools, recommended design approaches and advanced analysis tools for complex glazed systems.

July 21, 2016

Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Fenestration Requirements

Paul Bove from the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) provided an overview of fenestration requirements within hurricane zones along the 367-mile Texas Gulf Coast during the AAMA Southeast Region Summer Meeting in June.

July 20, 2016

AAMA Releases Updated Document for Solar Reflective Surfaces

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AAMA recently released an updated document describing the test procedures and performance requirements for pigmented organic coatings applied to aluminum, fiber reinforced thermoset or wood and cellulosic composite profiles for windows, doors, wall panels, skylights, sloped glazing and similar products. The update was made as a clarification to the requirements for outdoor or accelerated weathering testing.

July 20, 2016

Toward a Safety First Culture

During the Manufacturing Safety Forum held at the June AAMA Southeast Region Summer Meeting, attendees were informed of effective safety measures instituted by member companies. The intent was to share ideas in order to make the plant floor as safe as possible.

July 20, 2016

AAMA Certification Update

At the recent AAMA Southeast Region Summer Meeting in June in San Antonio, TX, AAMA Certification Manager, Jason Seals, and Vice President of Associated Laboratories, Inc. (ALI), Brad Schultz, gave updates on recent changes to the AAMA air-water-structural (AWS) certification program.

July 6, 2016

AAMA Manufactured Housing Certification Program Receives ANSI Accreditation

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AAMA announces that its Manufactured Housing Fenestration Certification Program has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065-2005.The scope of this new accreditation includes both windows and doors. Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17065 confirms that the AAMA certification program licensees produce the highest quality products in the industry, says Rob Luter (Lippert Components), Chair of the AAMA Manufactured Housing Council.

June 28, 2016

AMC Discusses Coating Performance Tests, Energy White Paper, More at Summer Conference

The Aluminum Material Council discussed tests and documents as well as an upcoming white paper about energy at the AAMA Summer Conference. Here is a recap of what happened in San Antonio.

June 28, 2016

Task Group Discusses Effects of Edge Pressure, IGMA Gives PCR Documents Update at Conference

The Glass Material Council heard from several task groups and committees during the AAMA Summer Conference. Updates were given about a task group on the effects of edge pressure and about the workings of IGMA. Resources for solar reflectance were also offered.

June 15, 2016

Sustainability Speaker Leads Conversation on EPDs and PCRs

During the AAMA 2016 Summer Conference, participants learned about sustainability market drivers, environmental product declarations (EPDs) and more during a presentation by industry specialist, Anna Nicholson. Nicholson is UL’s EPD Product Manager and works to develop strategic partnerships and programs that drive business value from the use of environmental life cycle information as the basis of decision making.

June 15, 2016

Dr. Helen Sanders Gives History and Predicts Future of Electrochromic Glazing Market

Participants at the AAMA 2016 Summer Conference heard about the past, present and future of the electrochromic (EC) glazing market, thanks to a presentation by Dr. Helen Sanders. Sanders leads technical development and training for Sage Electrochromics. Additionally, she contributed in large ways to the industry’s recently created Window Product Category Rule.

June 14, 2016

AAMA Conference Keynote Speaker Advises on Cybersecurity

A cybersecurity expert offered tips for locking down data and sensitive information at the AAMA 2016 Summer Conference. Keynote Speaker, Larry D. Sjelin, advised conference participants to not underestimate the importance of a highly-trained IT staff and of regularly changing complex passwords. Sjelin is the Chief of Staff for the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

June 13, 2016

AAMA Announces 2016 Scholarship Winners

AAMA celebrated 16 consecutive years of furthering the careers and education of students pursuing a degree related to the building products industry by awarding seven scholarships to children of employees of AAMA member companies. The scholarship award winners were announced during the 2016 AAMA Summer Conference, held June 12-15, in San Antonio, TX. The recipients of 11 AAMA Partner Scholarships were also announced.

May 31, 2016

Skylight/Sloped Glazing Council Focuses on Modernization

The Skylight/Sloped Glazing Document Management Committee (Chair: Roger LeBrun [VELUX]) is coordinating the work of several task groups aimed at modernizing and improving the utility of its many reference documents.

May 31, 2016

Wood & Cellulosic Composite Council Focuses on Coatings and Finishes

At the 2016 AAMA Annual Conference in February, the Wood and Cellulosic Composite Materials Committee met to go over documents pertaining to WCCMC, as well as to give reports on standing committees. They will meet again during the AAMA Summer Conference June 12-15 in San Antonio, TX.

May 4, 2016

Fiberglass Material Council - Activities Summary

During the AAMA Annual Conference, the Fiberglass Material Council and several of the groups reporting to it met to further advancements with regards to third-party lamination, finishes and more.

May 3, 2016

Door Council to Address Testing and Certification for Multi-Panel Doors

In other issues visited by the Door Council, the Multi-Panel Door Testing for Certification Task Group is tasked to review testing and certification of multi-panel door systems not currently covered under NAFS (e.g., bi-fold, multi-slide, lift-and-slide, etc.).The group will start its review with multi-panel sliding door systems, then proceed to multi-panel folding and lift-and-slide doors.

May 2, 2016

Water Testing Featured in Door Standards Facelift

Three AAMA standards cover the function of a fully assembled door. While not hardware standards per se, they are intended to establish the hardware's durability through loads and cycle testing. As is continually the case, efforts proceed to update the standards to reflect advances and revisions to codes, test methods and underlying technology. All three are in various stages of review, although AAMA 930 is the focus of the most activity.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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