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September 18, 2014
During the AAMA 2014 Fall Conference, volunteers rolled up their sleeves and filled backpacks with school supplies to benefit children at a Title I elementary school in the Denver area. A total of 500 backpacks were filled and distributed during the event.
September 17, 2014
Michael Hodgson, ConSol founder, spoke at the AAMA 2014 Fall Conference during a Sept. 16 general session. His presentation, "California Regulatory Proceedings Impacting the Nation," discussed how California's energy policy is driving the market to time-of-use energy pricing, incentivizing ways to reduce peak load and detailing how the policy impacts energy choices in buildings.
August 29, 2014
AAMA is still accepting registrations for the upcoming AAMA 2014 Fall Conference. It will be held September 14-17 in Westminster (Denver), CO. An action-packed week in the heart of the Centennial State has been planned for attendees, who can test their industry knowledge with a game show during the Product Supplier Display, and enjoy a night on the town at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
August 28, 2014
The AAMA Fiberglass Material Council (FMC) continues to refine its suite of standards covering the full range of performance criteria for Fiber Reinforced Thermoset (FRT) fenestration profiles.
August 27, 2014
The North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) was jointly developed by AAMA, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and WDMA. Specifically, Canadian input is represented by members of the CSA Technical Committee on the Performance Standard for Windows, under the jurisdiction of the Strategic Steering Committee on Building Products and Systems, and by the US/Canada Joint Document Management Group (JDMG).
August 21, 2014
AAMA announces new staff appointments, which include Jason Seals as Certification Manager and Rich Rinka as Technical/Industry Affairs Manager.
August 18, 2014
AAMA has released AAMA 663-14, Voluntary Specification for In-Process Quality Control Requirements for Applicators of Organic Coatings to Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Exterior Profiles, which establishes the minimum requirements for applicators of organic coatings to PVC exterior profiles that are used in windows, doors and skylights.
August 11, 2014
AAMA has released AAMA TIR-15-14, Overview of Design Wind Load Determination for Fenestration Systems. This report discusses the determination of design wind loads on curtain walls and other building cladding systems.
August 4, 2014
AAMA will host an online contest on both LinkedIn and Twitter every Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, at 2:30 p.m. EDT from August 5 through September 3. The contest will feature quiz questions from AAMA's FenestrationMasters program--the industry resource for comprehensive professional education and certification.
August 1, 2014
The AAMA Vinyl Material Council's (VMC) recently-formed Commercial Vinyl Fenestration Products Committee (CVFPC) has taken on the ambitious but promising task of investigating, monitoring, addressing and removing "restrictions and limitations that reduce the potential penetration of vinyl fenestration products in the commercial/architectural marketplace."
July 31, 2014
Several mechanical properties are critical to the performance of sealants. Perhaps most critical of these are adhesive strength and compatibility. It is important to understand their importance, the relationship between them and how to verify them by appropriate testing.
July 31, 2014
The full schedule of events has been released for the AAMA 2014 Fall Conference, which will be held September 14-17 in Westminster (Denver), CO. An event speaker will present information about how California's recent and proposed energy codes are influencing products in the national energy conservation market. A range of optional events around the Denver area are also planned.
July 31, 2014
The AAMA Vinyl Material Council provides on-going AIA Continuing Education programs to member architects. In addition to assisting them in meeting their annual criteria for continuing education, the primary goal is to further educate architects on the benefits of vinyl for use in windows and doors with the intent that they will look further into member company’s products and include them in future designs and specifications.
July 29, 2014
AAMA has released AAMA 902-14, Voluntary Specification for Sash Balances. This document establishes the requirements for the materials, testing and performance for sash balances used in hung-type windows. It also provides rating criteria and test procedures for qualifying balances to two performance levels and six MAF (manually applied force) Classifications.
July 24, 2014
AAMA's current standards pertaining to fenestration in manufactured housing have been recommended for adoption by the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
July 15, 2014
AAMA has released SFM-1-14, a manual that provides technical information regarding the installation of high-quality, attractive aluminum storefronts and entrances.
July 1, 2014
Atrium enclosures, vaulted skylights covering shopping malls, canopies and many similar applications make frequent use of sloped glazing. Changes in building code requirements, design practices, available glass products and industry standards complicate the growing use of these large and complex systems to make definitive architectural statements and provide exciting focal points for new commercial buildings.
July 1, 2014
There's still time to register for the upcoming, free AAMA Online webinar series, which will cover a variety of topics including utilizing LinkedIn and Twitter, navigating the Members Only section of the AAMA website, using video and photography to tell a story and more.
July 1, 2014
Rapid technological advance has always challenged associations such as AAMA and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) to help bring a wide variety of new and even revolutionary glazing and profile materials to the marketplace. The effort focuses on developing specifications and test methods to establish a performance baseline that allows products to be evaluated on a level playing field and provides a reference point for code bodies and local code officials.
June 23, 2014
AAMA has published AAMA 513-14, a document that sets a standard laboratory test method for windows and doors to ensure they are ADA-compliant. The document, titled Standard Laboratory Test Method for Determination of Forces and Motions Required to Activate Operable Parts of Operable Windows and Doors in Accessible Spaces
, provides a consistent, repeatable method of laboratory testing the operating forces of operable windows and doors.
June 19, 2014
AAMA, CSA Group and Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) released today a User Guide to the 2011 AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440, NAFS - North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights (NAFS). The result of a multi-year effort by the three associations, the NAFS User Guide has received final approval and is now available publicly.
June 10, 2014
AAMA will host a weekly webinar series in July, covering a range of topics pertaining to using the AAMA website and social media platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter.
June 9, 2014
AAMA has published AAMA 1607, Voluntary Installation Guidelines for Unit Skylights. This document provides a guideline for installing preassembled unit skylights onto a roof.
June 9, 2014
AAMA recognized long-time member Bob Simon (Gossen) for his more than 50 years of service in the industry. Known for his smile and sense of humor, Bob's hard work and personality will be missed by fellow AAMA members, AAMA staff and others in the industry.
June 6, 2014
William Freeman, Technical Consultant to the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), discussed the institute’s alternative to Health Product Declarations (HPDs), during the AAMA Summer Conference held June 1-4, in Indianapolis, IN. Freeman explained why RFCI created Product Transparency Declarations (PTDs) and how they differ from HPDs.
June 5, 2014
The Wood and Cellulosic Composite Material Council, chaired by Bob Simon (Gossen), reported several updates at the AAMA Annual Conference, including a report that the end of the latest iteration of WCC standards was at hand.
June 3, 2014
AAMA celebrated 14 consecutive years of furthering the careers and education of students pursuing a degree related to the building products industry by awarding six AAMA scholarships to children of employees of AAMA member companies. The recipients of 10 partner scholarships were also announced. The scholarship award winners were announced during the 2014 AAMA Summer Conference, held June 1-4, in Indianapolis, IN.
June 2, 2014
Dr. Elizabeth Watson, Director of the Center for Students with Disabilities at the University of Wisconsin, discussed designing for accessibility during the AAMA Summer Conference. Her keynote address focused on the importance of universal design and challenged attendees to take a fresh approach.
May 30, 2014
AAMA has published AAMA 653-14, Voluntary Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Organic Coatings on Wood and Cellulosic Composite Substrates. This new document describes test procedures and performance requirements for organic coatings applied to AAMA-certified wood and cellulosic composite substrates for windows, doors and similar products, as defined and specified in AAMA 309-04.
May 29, 2014
In conjunction with its Summer Conference (June 1-4), AAMA has released the AAMA app
. This new technology companion for the conference is now available for free download in the Apple and Android app stores.
May 27, 2014
A meeting review survey conducted among members attending the April 23-24, 2014 AAMA Southeast Region Spring Meeting held in Tampa, FL disclosed interesting points and suggested guidelines for the future, especially pertaining to session content and attendance.
May 27, 2014
"Ecolabels" enumerating window products' impact on various environmental parameters are coming. Known more formally as Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), they are already a requirement for earning LEED points for product and building life cycle assessments and several proposals for EPD are under consideration for the 2015 IgCC.
May 27, 2014
AAMA recently updated a Technical Information Report (TIR) providing metal curtain wall designers with the necessary data to select fasteners for curtain wall framing members and components. AAMA TIR-A9-14 also goes into the process of anchoring curtain wall systems to building structures.
May 1, 2014
The FMC Finishes Committee (Chair: Robert Plagemann [Tecton Products]) has embarked upon the process of updating the suite of specifications for factory-applied coatings on fiberglass profiles.
May 1, 2014
AAMA has released the AAMA 2013/2014 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights. This annual report delivers timely information on residential and nonresidential market trends and product relationships for windows, doors, skylights, curtain walls and storefronts.
May 1, 2014
Dean Lewis, Educational and Technical Information Director at AAMA, hosted the first of a series of webinars on April 15, leading a discussion on the total value of AAMA product certification. The 45-minute session reviewed all aspects of AAMA's certification program, including air-water-structural, insulating glass, verified components, profiles and accredited labs. This webinar is available in the Members Only section of the AAMA website.
April 24, 2014
As a benefit to members, AAMA provides a comprehensive member directory, complete with contact information for member companies, including addresses, websites, emails, phone numbers and more. This database can be searched publicly by members and non-members, such as potential clients. AAMA is currently in the process of expanding this directory to also include social media contact information in order to make the most of what the directory has to offer.
April 22, 2014
As the scope of this newsletter - to say nothing of the national news - demonstrates, there has been a lot of activity that is incredibly impactful for our industry, and the trend only looks to accelerate. That's why the AAMA Western Region is focusing on these issues by securing industry experts to speak to the specifics of these impacts on western states and how companies can prepare for future changes.
April 22, 2014
AAMA Code Consultant, Julie Ruth, updated Western Region Spring Summit attendees on key changes addressed in the 2012 I-Code, which many West Coast states have already adopted. These include minimum sill heights versus window opening control devices, daylighting requirements and window-to-wall ratio.
April 21, 2014
Registration is now open for the AAMA Summer Conference, to be held in downtown Indianapolis, June 1-4. In addition to keynote speaker, Dr. Elizabeth Watson, addressing the future of ADA principles and design, AAMA will be introducing a new app, offering several optional events for attendees and announcing this year's scholarship winners.
April 9, 2014
AAMA, as a co-founder of the Window Safety Task Force, encourages everyone to recognize the importance of practicing window safety by designating one week each spring to promoting safety and education. National Window Safety Week, April 6-12, is used as a time to remind all households that open windows can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised. This is especially important with the arrival of warm weather when windows are opened to provide ventilation.
April 8, 2014
AAMA Board of Directors voted unanimously to establish a Sustainability Steering Committee. It will oversee the various AAMA committees and task groups involved in establishing standard practices that lead to product sustainability - from component development to structural integrity.
April 1, 2014
As heard last month during the Fensterbau show in Germany, vinyl is widely used in commercial applications. Given its potential for use in the U.S. market, the VMC has formed a Commercial Vinyl Fenestration Products Committee, reporting directly to the council, to "investigate, monitor, address and remove restrictions and limitations that reduce the potential penetration of vinyl fenestration products in the commercial/architectural marketplace."
April 1, 2014
During the AAMA Summer Conference (June 1-4) in Indianapolis, IN, Bill Freeman will speak about how the Product Transparency Declaration (PTD) differs from the Health Product Declaration (HPD), and Eric Miller will address acoustical performance, specifically Outdoor/Indoor Transmission Classifications (OITC) for fenestration.
March 31, 2014
It is with great pleasure that AAMA announces the promotion of two staff members - Andrea Rhodes to Technical Services Manager and Maureen Knight to Government Affairs/Product Stewardship Manager.
March 31, 2014
AAMA has published an updated standard for flashing. AAMA 712-14, Voluntary Specification for Mechanically Attached Flexible Flashing
establishes minimum performance criteria to allow the user to evaluate and select mechanically attached flexible flashing products intended for use around the exterior perimeter of fenestration products.
March 31, 2014
The AAMA FenestrationMasters professional education and certification program covers not only the full breadth of fenestration product design, materials, function, performance, test methods and code requirements; it also deals in depth with sealants and ancillary products used in integrating products with the building wall.
February 4, 2014
After several rounds of revisions and stakeholder comments (the last of which closed September 13, 2013), the EPA issued, on January 17, the final criteria of ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 for Windows, Doors and Skylights. It represents several compromises with industry positions, but still ratchets requirements up to levels that could prove challenging in some instances.
January 23, 2014
AAMA has published two updated standards for rigid thermoplastic cellulosic composite profiles. AAMA 309 provides a means for classifying them, and AAMA 311 establishes minimum performance criteria.
January 6, 2014
Each month, the AAMA e-News features Website Quick Tips that show web users how to navigate portions of the AAMA website, including Members Only. Read a review of the many helpful tips provided in 2013.
January 3, 2014
Most states and local jurisdictions are currently using the 2009 editions of the family of International Codes published by the International Code Council. As of fall 2013, the 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) was being enforced either locally or statewide in 22 states and the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) was being enforced either locally or statewide in 32 states.
January 3, 2014
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November 26, 2013
Each month, the AAMA e-News features Website Quick Tips that show web users how to navigate portions of the AAMA website, including Members Only. This month's Quick Tip features News and Columns available on the AAMA website.
November 15, 2013
AAMA published a standard practice for the installation of exterior doors into residential and light commercial buildings of not more than three stories above grade in height, with surface barrier wall construction.
October 30, 2013
Each month, the AAMA e-News features Website Quick Tips that show web users how to navigate portions of the AAMA website, including Members Only. This month's Quick Tip features AAMA ballots.
October 29, 2013
Karma Sawyer, technology manager and physical scientist in the Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office's (BTO) Emerging Technologies Program, delivered a keynote presentation on BTO's integrated approach to the development and deployment of energy efficient technologies that span the technology lifecycle, during AAMA's Fall Conference in Baltimore, MD, on October 28.
August 30, 2013
Each month, the AAMA e-News features Website Quick Tips that show web users how to navigate portions of the AAMA website, including Members Only. This month's Quick Tip explores AAMA's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as a resource for your business and your customers.
June 28, 2013
Each month, the AAMA e-News features Website Quick Tips that show web users how to navigate portions of the AAMA website, including Members Only. This month's article focuses on the AAMA RSS feed.
February 28, 2013
Each month, the AAMA e-News features Website Quick Tips that show web users how to navigate portions of the AAMA website, including Members Only. This month's article focuses on the Resources section of the website.
January 31, 2013
Each month, the AAMA e-News features Website Quick Tips that show web users how to navigate portions of the AAMA website, including Members Only. This month's article focuses on the social network share options on the AAMA website.
December 20, 2012
Each month, the AAMA e-News features Website Quick Tips that show web users how to navigate portions of the AAMA website, including Members Only. This month's article focuses on the Certification website pages.
October 31, 2012
Each month, the AAMA e-News features Website Quick Tips that show web users how to navigate portions of the AAMA website, including Members Only. This month's article focuses on the Member Benefits area of the Members Only portion of the AAMA website.
September 28, 2012
Each month, the AAMA e-News will feature Website Quick Tips that show web users how to navigate portions of the AAMA website, including Members Only. This month's Quick Tip provides information on the AAMA Virtual Library (AVL) program.
August 29, 2012
Each month, the AAMA e-News
will feature Website Quick Tips that show web users how to navigate portions of the AAMA website, including Members Only. This month's Quick Tip details how to order documents from AAMA's Publication Store.
July 31, 2012
Each month, the AAMA e-News will feature Website Quick Tips that show web users how to navigate portions of the AAMA website, including Members Only. This month's Quick Tip details how to use the Condensation Resistance Factor (CRF) Tool, which is intended to provide general guidance on suggesting a minimum CRF based on a project-specific set of environmental conditions.
June 29, 2012
Each month, the AAMA e-News will feature Website Quick Tips that show web users how to navigate portions of the AAMA website, including Members Only. This month's Quick Tip details how to view minutes and conference and regional meeting presentations in the Members Only portion of the AAMA website.
May 30, 2012
AAMA recently launched a search feature on the Accredited Laboratories web page that allows users to locate an AAMA-accredited lab by using a variety of keywords, publication numbers and/or a state or province.
April 30, 2012
Each month, the AAMA e-News will feature Website Quick Tips that show web users how to navigate portions of the AAMA website, including Members Only. This month's Quick Tip features details on how to update company records in the Members Only portion of the AAMA website.
March 30, 2012
Each month, the AAMA e-News
will feature Website Quick Tips that will show web users how to navigate portions of the AAMA website, including Members Only. This month's topic is the use of the "MyList" feature within the Members Only portion of the AAMA website.