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March 31, 2015

New Task Groups Tackle EPA Requirements and FPIS Installation Details

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

March 26, 2015

Observe Window Safety Year Round

As spring arrives, the National Safety Council’s Window Safety Task Force encourages everyone to recognize the importance of practicing window safety year-round. Window Safety Week is observed April 5-11. However, open windows any time of year can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised. While the number of falls from windows is generally very small compared with other recorded child injuries, a window incident can result in serious injury or possibly even death.

March 23, 2015

IBHS Testing Verifies Rain Weak Points

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), headquartered in Tampa, operates a research center at a 90-acre site near Richburg (Chester County), South Carolina. For the recent AAMA Southeast Region Meeting, an IBHS representative described the institute's program to quantify wind-driven rain effects on building envelopes.

March 23, 2015

Southeast Code Update

AAMA Southeast Code Consultant, Dwight Wilkes, focused on developments in all of the states within the region during the AAMA Southeast Region Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

March 23, 2015

Economic Checkup: Improved Industry Health

Fenestration industry economics expert, Mike Collins of Chicago's Building Industry Advisors, spoke at the AAMA Southeast Region Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and identified the various positive and negative forces likely to influence the trajectory of industry fortunes during the upcoming year.

March 23, 2015

Opening Thoughts from the Southeast Region Board of Directors

It's spring at last, and we are feeling the benefits of it all around. Before we completely close winter, we'd like to take a quick review of what took place at the AAMA Southeast Region Winter Meeting, which was at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Florida last month.

March 23, 2015

The Challenge of Testing for Long-Term Durability

Fenestration poses a unique challenge when developing a long-term durability test program. Existing test methods answer immediate safety and performance requirements, yet offer little in terms of long term durability in a field environment.

March 23, 2015

AAMA Releases Updated Documents Pertaining to Architecturally-Finished Aluminum

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AAMA has updated and released two documents specific to aluminum: the combined AAMA 609 & 610-15, Cleaning and Maintenance Guide for Architecturally Finished Aluminum and CW-10-15, Care and Handling of Architectural Aluminum from Shop to Site.

March 20, 2015

Addressing Specialized Installation Variable

Window and door installation encounters a variety of variables, including cladding type, structural framing type, position in the wall, type of window or door, existence (or not) of a drainage plane and its condition, and degree of access from either the exterior or interior. AAMA has helped address these variables - in cooperation with other associations - by developing a group of installation standards.

March 20, 2015

Toward High Performance Schools

The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) has quickly expanded to address all aspects of school design, construction and operation in 13 states, where it has been adopted by 50 districts representing some 2.2M students; this includes 11 of the 100 largest school districts in the U.S.

March 20, 2015

The Miami-Dade View of Latest Florida Code Provisions

The Florida Building Code Fifth Edition (2014) takes effect June 30, 2015. This culminates a long process in which the state posted the 2012 ICC Base Code and the Florida Supplement as the starting point and then waded through 970 code modification filings.

March 20, 2015

Discovering Structural Time Bombs

As buildings age - particularly if they are not fully maintained - they become increasingly subject to failures that can pose life safety risks. In view of this, Florida's Broward County has joined other jurisdictions in initiating a program of inspections and mandated repairs for aging structures.

March 20, 2015

Pathways to Florida Product Approval

Florida's complicated building product approval system features numerous options and varying requirements. These are subject to revision at every triennial code update cycle. Mo Madani, Senior Technical Manager of Codes and Standards for the Florida Building Commission reviewed the latest relative to the 2014 FBC with Southeast Region Meeting attendees.

March 5, 2015

AAMA Releases Updated Sound Control Document

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AAMA has updated a document specific to sound control for fenestration products. AAMA TIR-A1 provides detailed technical information for the reduction of sound transmission through building envelopes in terms of the design and construction of both commercial and residential buildings. Some new definitions were added to this document, which was last updated in 2004.

February 27, 2015

Finish Applicator Rules for Component Verification

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

February 25, 2015

Speakers Address Life Cycle Assessment, Give Update on Regulatory Affairs at AAMA Annual Conference

Experts spoke about Life Cycle Assessments and the intricacies that go into them at the AAMA 78th Annual Conference held February 15-18 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Those at the conference also heard updates during the Regulatory Affairs Committee, including developments with ENERGY STAR and California building codes.

February 24, 2015

Speakers Cover Installation, European Market, Color Measurement, More at AAMA 78th Annual Conference

AAMA heard speakers on a range of topics at the 78th Annual Conference held February 15-18 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Subjects discussed included next-generation replacement of windows, standardization for fenestration products in the European Union, the basics of color measurement and more.

February 18, 2015

AAMA Recognizes Member Leadership during 78th Annual Conference

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AAMA recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at the 78th Annual Conference Awards Banquet held Monday night in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Award presenters noted the importance of these member contributions as they serve to further the industry as a whole.

February 17, 2015

Comedian Kenn Kington Gives Tips for Success during AAMA Annual Conference

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Motivational speaker and comedian, Kenn Kington, encouraged participants of the AAMA 78th Annual Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, to increase the success of their businesses. Through humorous stories from his family and sport figures, Kington of Comedy Central and Blue Collar Radio fame relayed "The Truth about Success and How to Get it."

February 9, 2015

AAMA Releases Anodic Finishes/Painted Aluminum Document

AAMA has released an updated document laying out the anodizing process with reference to architectural work. According to AAMA, this standard describes the anodizing process, which produces a coating that is thicker than nature's version, harder and very durable. The AAMA Anodic Finishes/Painted Aluminum (AFPA) document has been updated to reflect newer technologies now available for the process involved.

February 3, 2015

AAMA Joins California Utilities in Calling for Title 24 Skylight Fix

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

February 3, 2015

Upcoming AAMA Webinar to Discuss Florida Product Approval Program

The monthly AAMA webinar program continues in February and March with two topics of industry interest. A session February 3 discussed the International Code Council's requirements for green construction for fenestration in commercial buildings, and a webinar March 10 will review how AAMA can help members navigate the Florida Product Approval Program. Visit the AAMA Events page for more information and to register.

January 30, 2015

Registration for AAMA Annual Conference Closes Feb. 6, Networking and Member Recognition Abound

The AAMA Annual Conference is shaping up to be the most well-attended annual event in several years. If you're still contemplating registration, be sure to register by February 6. Here's a rundown of what to expect, with everything from a deep-sea fishing trip to a round of golf in the Florida sun.

January 30, 2015

WCC Specification Made Easy

An indication that a newer material has come of age in the marketplace is the proliferation of standards and specifications to define acceptable performance and guide specifiers in selecting fenestration frames for a specific project. By that measure, as well as others, cellulosic composites have achieved the status of a formidable contender.

January 9, 2015

AAMA Scholarship Application Window Now Open

Students interested in applying for the AAMA scholarship or an AAMA member partner scholarship have until April 1, 2015 to do so. This year, seven scholarship partners will be participating, in addition to the awards given by AAMA.

January 9, 2015

End-of-Year Lists: AAMA's Top News Stories and Blog Posts for 2014

A lot happened in 2014 in the industry, and AAMA was there to share the details with members. We have compiled the top five stories that those in the industry wanted to read all about, as well as the top blog posts from each of AAMA's four industry-focused blogs, which are updated monthly.

January 8, 2015

Why Get Involved with FMC?

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

January 7, 2015

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

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

January 7, 2015

AAMA Annual Conference Registration Open; 2015-16 Events Set

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AAMA has opened registration for the AAMA 78th Annual Conference, to be held February 15-18 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. A special rate is guaranteed through January 21, and attendees are encouraged to book before this date. The AAMA Southeast Region Winter Meeting will immediately follow the conference in the same location, and separate registration is required.

January 6, 2015

Bob Simon Awarded Honorary Member Status by AAMA Board

Long-time AAMA member and industry leader Bob Simon has been designated as an Honorary Member by the AAMA Board. He will be inducted into the Honorary Member Hall of Fame in 2015 due to his exceptional dedication to AAMA and his numerous contributions toward achieving the association’s objectives.

December 23, 2014

Opening Thoughts from the Southeast Region Board of Directors

With the Winter season greeting us with a very emphatic hello, by February I am sure you will be more than ready to find a spot to escape the cold weather. The Southeast AAMA Winter Meeting provides the perfect location at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Florida immediately follow the AAMA 78th Annual Conference!

December 23, 2014

AAMA/FMA/WDMA FPI Installation Initiatives

Wall Interface Council Second Vice President and senior advisor to the Dow-Corning Corporation's Distributor Resource Center, Kelly Broker, will provide an update on the extensive work of the joint AAMA/FMA/WDMA Installation Method Coordination Committee in developing a new window installation guide during the Southeast Region Winter Meeting in February 2015.

December 22, 2014

Southeast Code Update

AAMA Southeast Code Consultant Dwight Wilkes will focus on developments in all of the states within the region at the AAMA Southeast Region Winter Meeting. Members will find it useful to learn of the status of ongoing state-by-state updates and adoptions of ICC code references, some with detailed exceptions for local jurisdictions.

December 17, 2014

Top Seven Reasons to Attend AAMA's 78th Annual Conference in Fort Lauderdale

If you're considering attending the upcoming AAMA Annual Conference in February, we've got some reasons we think may sway you.

December 9, 2014

AAMA Updates Voluntary Specification for the Lamination of Wood and Cellulosic Composite Materials

AAMA has updated and released AAMA 312, Voluntary Specification for the Lamination of Wood and Cellulosic Composite Materials Intended for Use on AAMA Certified Profiles. Last updated in 2005, the document establishes the minimum performance requirements for the lamination of wood and cellulosic composite materials intended for application on either the interior or exterior surfaces of AAMA certified profiles.

December 5, 2014

AAMA Releases Updated Voluntary Specification for Multi-Bar Hinges in Window Applications

AAMA has updated and released AAMA 904, Voluntary Specification for Multi-Bar Hinges in Window Applications. Last updated in 2009, the document describes methods of test, procedures, materials and performance criteria for determining the durability of this type of hinge used for opening and closing casement, projected and parallel opening windows.

November 26, 2014

Clarifying Installation with Foam Insulation Panels

Work continues to finalize a new window installation guide in a joint effort of AAMA, Fenestration Manufacturers Association (FMA) and Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA). The AAMA/FMA/WDMA Installation Method Coordination Committee met October 14-15 in Chicago to address ballot comments to the latest draft, provisionally titled Standard Practice for the Installation of Windows into Walls Utilizing Foam Plastic Insulating Sheathing [FPIS].

November 25, 2014

Vinyl Educational Outreach Ranges from Environmental Compatibility to Commercial Applications

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AAMA has been an accredited continuing education provider through the American Institute of Architects (AIA) since 2000. All AIA-accredited, AAMA-approved courses allow architects, specifiers and other professionals to expand their knowledge of the fenestration industry. Course topics cover energy, product performance, testing, daylighting and more. Two vinyl-related courses have been approved by the AIA, and two others are in development.

November 10, 2014

Opening Thoughts from the Western Region Board of Directors

The AAMA Western Region Fall Summit in Costa Mesa, CA gave regional members a chance to network, re-group and also hear some truly astounding presentations. While we always appreciate hearing updates on topics and issues specific to the Western Region, this fall's slate of speakers were especially interesting.

November 10, 2014

New Features and Graduates Highlight FenestrationMasters Update

AAMA's Marketing Manager, Angela Dickson, gave an update on the FenestrationMasters training and certification program during the AAMA Western Region Fall Summit with a round of the "Are You Smarter than a FenestrationMaster?" game show– an interactive ice breaker for group meetings. Dickson divided the room in half for some friendly competition. All participants received a 25 percent discount off of future FenestrationMasters courses and exams, based upon correctly answering all five questions.

November 7, 2014

ABAA and AAMA: A Building Envelope Duet?

No, it's not a 1970s Swedish pop group --but its focus is music to the ears of building envelope experts. The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) was formed in 2001 to address the noted absence of air barrier specifications and performance standards. Laverne Dalgleish, ABAA Executive Director, provided AAMA Western Region Fall Summit attendees with an overview of the organization at the Oct. 14-15 event, and pointed out where it and AAMA have collaboration opportunities.

November 6, 2014

Product Certification Life Extended to 10 Years

AAMA is set to release AAMA 103-14a, Procedural Guide for Certification of Window, Door and Skylight Assemblies, on December 1, 2014. This document has been completely re-written and re-formatted to comply with new ANSI accreditation requirements. Additionally, a new feature of this document is the enlargement of the initial certification period from four to five years, plus the option to extend the certification of qualifying products for an additional five years.

November 3, 2014

Licensing Program Allows Use of AAMA Publications

The AAMA Publication Licensing Program, first launched in 2004, allows AAMA member companies the option to purchase annual licenses to obtain unlimited electronic read-only versions of AAMA publications for use by employees and/or customers.

October 31, 2014

Budget Today for FenestrationMasters Training in 2015

It's the time now when many companies turn to their budgets for the coming year. For those who have thought in the past about validating professional experience through the FenestrationMasters Professional Certification Program, the start of 2015 is an ideal time to make it happen.

October 30, 2014

AAMA Releases New Specification for Blast Hazard Mitigation for Vertical Fenestration Systems

AAMA has released AAMA 510-14, Voluntary Guide Specification for Blast Hazard Mitigation for Vertical Fenestration Systems, which provides a guide to manufacturers, architects/specifiers, contractors and building owners for specifying these types of systems and services to meet the requirements of blast hazard mitigation.

October 29, 2014

New Webinars Offer Insight into Market Forecast, EPDs

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For those who have been curious about a couple of major industry topics, two upcoming webinars may be of interest. A November session will focus on AAMA’s market study, and a December one will explore the hot topic of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

October 24, 2014

AAMA Instates New Core Values

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In spring of 2014, AAMA staff all read a book by Sam Silverstein called "No Excuses." What was meant to be a company-wide book club discussion ended up inspiring AAMA leaders to create an official list of core values to reflect what qualities and behaviors are most important to those at the association.

October 23, 2014

Update the Calendar: AAMA Makes Plans for 2015

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Events in 2015 are already coming together, including a unique opportunity to visit a beautiful, but seldom seen, American state. Take advantage of the chance to leave the Lower 48 and visit Alaska on board a Celebrity Cruise, departing immediately following the AAMA Summer Conference in July.

October 1, 2014

AAMA Western Region Fall Summit to Take Place October 14-15

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AAMA's Western Region members will be meeting in Costa Mesa, CA on October 14-15 at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa Hotel. Registration is open until October 7. A golf tournament, several speakers and a Glasswerks facility tour await event participants in California.

September 30, 2014

Canadian Differences in NAFS Application

The North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) - AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 - was developed to harmonize requirements and facilitate trade with our northern neighbor. There remain some differences in requirements, however, owing primarily to the relative severity of the Canadian climate.

September 30, 2014

AAMA Helps Shape ENERGY STAR Skylight Criteria

On January 17, 2014, the EPA issued its final criteria for ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 (v6.0), which becomes mandatory for skylights on January 1, 2015. It represents several compromises with industry positions, but still ratchets requirements to levels that could prove challenging in some instances. This reflects EPA's perennial goal to provide improved differentiation in the market place and to ensure that ENERGY STAR exceeds current residential energy codes.

August 28, 2014

Fiberglass Standards Suite Keeps up with Market Advances

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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

NAFS Exhibits Cross-Border Diversity

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 18, 2014

AAMA Releases New Voluntary Specification for Third-Party Finishes Applied to PVC Exterior Profiles

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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 1, 2014

VMC Gears Up for Commercial Applications

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

Adhesion Testing vs. Compatibility Testing

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

VMC Continuing Education Learning Programs

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 1, 2014

Coming Soon to a Window Near You: Vacuum Insulated Glazing

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.

July 1, 2014

Glass Design for Sloped Glazing Undergoing Major Renovation

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.

June 9, 2014

AAMA Releases New Guideline for Installing Preassembled Unit Skylights onto a Roof

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

Many Thanks to AAMA WCCMC Leader Bob Simon

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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 5, 2014

Wood and Cellulosic Composite Material Council Provides Update

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.

May 30, 2014

AAMA Releases New Document on Testing for Organic Coatings on Wood, Cellulosic Composite Substrates

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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 1, 2014

Fiberglass Coatings Standards Receiving Facelift

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.

April 1, 2014

New VMC Initiative Focuses on Commercial Applications

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."

January 3, 2014

Case Study: Lodging Chain Sees Suite Deal in Fiberglass

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

November 15, 2013

AAMA Publishes Exterior Door Installation Guide for Extreme Wind and Water Exposure

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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.

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