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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.

September 26, 2014

Corporate Renewal Process to Begin in Coming Weeks: Check Your Email

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The renewal process for AAMA Corporate Members will begin in early November.

September 25, 2014

Changes Made to Annual Supplier Product Display Garner Positive Response

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Earlier this year, AAMA requested feedback from members about previous years' Supplier Product Displays. As a result of these discussions and a member survey, some changes were made to the event's format and were implemented at the 2014 AAMA Fall Conference. Updates included a contest that incentivized attendees to visit more booths and an open invitation to Denver-area architects and specifiers to attend the display for free.

September 22, 2014

North Carolina Rejects Temporary Rule Discouraging Use of Low-e Windows

The North Carolina Rules Review Commission has rejected the temporary rule which allowed permit holders to opt-out of using low-e fenestration products in residential construction.

September 18, 2014

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

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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

Hodgson Addresses the Impact of California Regulations on the U.S. during AAMA Fall Conference

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Michael Hodgson, ConSol founder, spoke at the AAMA 2014 Fall Conference during a September 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 Fall Conference Registration Deadline Approaching

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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

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 21, 2014

AAMA Announces New Certification and Technical Staff Appointments

AAMA announces new staff appointments, which include Jason Seals as Certification Manager and Rich Rinka as Technical/Industry Affairs Manager.

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 11, 2014

AAMA Releases Report on Overview of Design Wind Load Determination for Fenestration Systems

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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 Offers Chance to Win 50 Percent off FenestrationMasters Courses and Exams

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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

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 31, 2014

AAMA Fall Conference: Full Event Schedule Available, Registration Now Open

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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 29, 2014

AAMA Releases Updated Voluntary Specification for Sash Balances

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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

HUD Begins Process of Adopting 2012 AAMA Standards for Fenestration in Manufactured Housing

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 Releases Aluminum Storefront and Entrance Manual

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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

AAMA Online Series Kicks Off In One Week, Offers Tips to Pros and Novices

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

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 23, 2014

AAMA Releases Standard Lab Test Method for Forces of Operable Windows and Doors for Accessibility

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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

NAFS User Guide Provides Steps for Proper Application of the North American Fenestration Standard

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

Registration Now Open for AAMA Online Webinars

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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 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 6, 2014

Freeman Addresses Product Transparency Declarations during the AAMA Summer Conference

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

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.

June 3, 2014

AAMA Announce 2014 Scholarship Winners

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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 Addresses AAMA Summer Conf. Attendees with Presentation on Universal Design

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 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 29, 2014

AAMA Introduces New Mobile App in Time for Summer Conference

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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

Why Attendance Matters

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

More Labels? Next: Environmental Product Declarations!

"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 Updates Design Guide for Metal Cladding Fasteners

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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

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.

May 1, 2014

AAMA Predicts Fenestration Industry Trends in New Market Studies

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

Inaugural Webinar: 10 Facts You May Not Know About AAMA Certification

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 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."

March 31, 2014

AAMA Updates Testing Options within Flashing Specification

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

FenestrationMasters Features Courses on Wall Interface Components

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

EPA Accepts Several AAMA Recommendations in Final ENERGY STAR 6.0 Skylight Criteria

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 Updates Cellulosic Composite Profile Standards

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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

Website Quick Tips Year in Review

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

New Code Change Proposals Affect Doors

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

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 26, 2013

Website Quick Tip: Expert Industry Information and the Latest News on AAMA Website

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 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.

October 30, 2013

Website Quick Tip: Let Your Comments be Heard

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

AAMA's Conference Speaker Discusses Roadmap for Reducing Building Energy Use

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

Website Quick Tip: AAMA Frequently Asked Questions, a Helpful Tool for You and Your Customers

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

Website Quick Tip: Get It First Through the AAMA RSS Feed

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

Website Quick Tip: AAMA Website Resources

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

Website Quick Tip: Sharing AAMA Website Content through Social Networking

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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

Website Quick Tip: How to Navigate the AAMA Certification Web Pages

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

Website Quick Tip: Viewing Member Benefits in Members Only

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

Website Quick Tip: Accessing the AAMA Virtual Library

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

Website Quick Tips: How to Use AAMA's Publication Store

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

Website Quick Tip: Using the CRF Tool

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

Website Quick Tip: How to View Minutes and Event Presentations in Members Only

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

Website Quick Tip: Searching AAMA Accredited Labs

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

Website Quick Tip: How to Update Company Records in Members Only

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

Website Quick Tips: Navigating MyList in Members Only

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.



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