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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

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 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 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

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 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 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.

June 1, 2016

Professional/Technical Consultant Renewal Process Began Week of May 9: Check Your Email

The renewal process for AAMA Professional/Technical Consultant individual members began the second week of May. The membership year runs from July 1 to June 30 and is renewed on an annual basis. All individual members should watch for weekly email reminders from the AAMA Membership Department regarding the renewal process, as all renewals are due by July 1, 2016.

June 1, 2016

FenestrationMasters Now Accepted by American Institute of Architects and International Code Council

Both the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International Code Council (ICC) now accept FenestrationAssociate and FenestrationMaster coursework as continuing education credits. The AIA accepts the FenestrationAssociate and FenestrationMaster coursework as 11 and 13.5 Learning Units (LUs)/Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) hours, respectively.

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 24, 2016

AAMA Releases 2015/2016 Market Studies, Predicts Fenestration Industry Trends

AAMA has released the AAMA 2015/2016 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights. This bi-annual report delivers timely information on residential and non-residential market trends and product relationships for windows, doors, skylights, curtain walls and storefronts. Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of March 2016.

May 5, 2016

AAMA Hosts CDC to Discuss Screens to Prevent Spread of Zika Virus

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During an industry forum on May 4, AAMA hosted representatives from the Center of Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), who are seeking assistance from fenestration experts in combating the Zika Virus in Puerto Rico. Industry representatives suggested products and generated ideas to screen windows and doors in Puerto Rican homes in order to reduce exposure to mosquitoes - carriers of the untreatable Zika Virus.

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

AAMA Summer Conference Speakers to Cover Cybersecurity, Sustainability, Market Forecasts

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Early bird registration for the upcoming AAMA 2016 National Summer Conference will close on Wednesday, May 18, but those interested may still plan to participate. The conference will be held June 12-15 at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX. Speakers covering a wide range of topics, including cybersecurity, sustainability, market forecasts, product innovation, codes and more, have been scheduled for the week.

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

AAMA Releases Updated Document for Friction Based Sash Balances

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AAMA recently released an updated document establishing the requirements for materials, testing and performance for friction based balance assemblies used in hung-type windows. This update ensures the document conforms to the most recent version of the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS)/Specification for Windows, Doors, and Skylights. The document, Voluntary Specification for Friction Based Sash Balances, was last updated in 2009.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



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