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February 1, 2016

AAMA Promotes Two Staff Members, Takes on New Part-Time Hire

Effective January 1, 2016, two staff members at AAMA were promoted as recognition for their dedication to AAMA and years of service to the association. Lori Benshoof was promoted to Senior Coordinator, Web Services, and Tamara Davis was promoted to Certification Services Coordinator. Additionally, AAMA's intern Emily Joswiak accepted at permanent position as the association's Office Assistant.

February 1, 2016

Bill Deuschle Awarded Honorary Member Status By AAMA Board

Long-time member and industry leader, Bill Deuschle, was made an official Honorary Member of AAMA in December in recognition of his more than 40 years of professional experience and active AAMA involvement, including serving as a mentor to many over the years.

January 29, 2016

Full Line of Speakers to Present at AAMA 79th Annual Conference

If you haven't already registered for next month's AAMA 79th Annual Conference, now is the time to make it happen. A stellar lineup of speakers will address conference participants next month at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach. Registration for the February 14-17 conference remains open, so come learn about selling to multiple generations, aluminum restoration and repair, the future of housing and more.

January 29, 2016

Rich Walker Reflects on 20 Years of Service with AAMA

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AAMA President and CEO, Rich Walker, celebrates 20 years with the association this January. We sat down to speak with him about his time at the association and to ask what he hopes to see in AAMA's future.

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 27, 2016

Opening Thoughts from the Western Region Board of Directors

If you're coming to the AAMA 79th Annual Conference, I hope you’ll be staying an extra day to attend the AAMA Western Region Winter Summit. The regional meetings are always important, informational events, but I am especially interested in the line-up for this year's summit. Because the summit is held at the same location as the Annual Conference and immediately follows it, attending is simple.

January 25, 2016

Webinar Highlights Certification Program Revisions

On November 10, 2015, the AAMA Western Region sponsored an AAMA Certification Update webinar, focusing on recently revised inspection and auditing procedures.

January 22, 2016

AAMA Releases Standard for Determining Thermal Performance in Commercial Buildings

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AAMA has updated and released a document laying out the process for determining the thermal performance characteristics of fenestration systems, specifically in commercial buildings. This document was last updated in 2012.

January 22, 2016

2016 Summit Preview: Registration Now Open

Manufacturing safety, risk analysis and the latest building code updates will be the primary themes of the upcoming Western Region Spring Summit, slated for February 17-18, at Huntington Beach, CA.

January 21, 2016

AAMA Releases Updated Specification for Cellular Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Exterior Profiles

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AAMA has updated and released a document specifying requirements of cellular polyvinyl chloride (PVC) exterior profiles used in windows, doors and skylights. The previous edition was published in 2008.

January 8, 2016

AAMA Annual Conference Registration Open, 2016-17 Events Set

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AAMA has opened registration for the AAMA 79th Annual Conference, to be held February 14-17 in Huntington Beach, CA. A special rate is guaranteed through January 21, and attendees are encouraged to book before this date. The AAMA Western Region Winter Summit will immediately follow the conference in the same location, and separate registration is required.

January 8, 2016

Attend AAMA 79th Annual Conference and Visit Huntington Beach, CA

February isn't a bad time to check out California. AAMA invites those in the industry to attend a fun and information-filled event next month, where participants can hear from industry experts. The AAMA 79th Annual Conference will take place February 14-17 in sunny Huntington Beach, just 13 miles from John Wayne International Airport and 38 miles from Los Angeles.

January 8, 2016

Top Five Articles (And Most Popular Blog Posts) of 2015

Now that 2015 has come to a close, here's a look at the top five stories that grabbed the industry's attention on the AAMA website. We've also rounded up the most popular blog posts from each of the AAMA blogs.

January 7, 2016

Continue the California Fun with the AAMA Western Region Winter Summit

If you're already in town next month for the AAMA 79th Annual Conference, why not stay a little longer to take advantage of all the regionally-specific information being offered the next day at the AAMA Western Region Winter Summit? The event is happening at same place – at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, from February 17-18. Registration fee includes both a welcome reception and a lunch.

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.

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.

December 11, 2015

AAMA Releases Updated Procedural Guide for Certifying Emergency Exit Doors, Sliding Doors, More

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AAMA has revised and updated the procedural guide for certification of manufactured home fenestration products. AAMA 104-15, Procedural Guide for Certification of Manufactured Home Fenestration Products: Windows/Sliding Doors, Emergency Exit Windows and Devices, Swinging Exterior Passage Doors, lays out the process for certifying these products through the AAMA program.

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.

December 1, 2015

Six Ways to Address Those Ballots in Your Inbox (And Why They Matter)

Committee work is an important part of how AAMA affects change in the industry. However, committees and task groups depend on ballot results to get their work done. If you see emails from aamaballots@aamanet.org in your inbox, know that it is important that you respond within the window of time given. When deadlines pass and ballots don't reach consensus, they must be re-balloted all over again – taking up to an additional month to do so.

December 1, 2015

Bill Deuschle to Retire After More Than 40 Years, Industry Wishes Him Well

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A longtime and much-beloved member of AAMA will soon retire from Kawneer after more than 40 years in the industry. Over time, Bill Deuschle served as an AAMA Board member as well as Aluminum Material Council First Vice President, Document Management Committee Vice-Chair and NFRC Advisory Co-Chair, among many other leadership roles.

November 30, 2015

AAMA Scholarship Applications to Open January 1, 2016

The 2016-2017 AAMA Scholarship Program year comes with some big news: a fourth scholarship award has been approved, increasing the chances of your company's applicants being selected. The 2016 application process will begin January 1 and end April 1.

November 30, 2015

Evolving Color Measurement Systems

At the AAMA 2015 National Fall Conference, a panel discussion took place about the two prominent methods for color measurement: HunterLab and CIELab, these different systems evaluate color as well as tolerance.

November 24, 2015

Give Back This Holiday Season with AAMA

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The holiday season is a time for reflection and planning for many in the industry, but it's also a time to be thankful and to give back. AAMA is committed to improving the lives of those in need, through outreach efforts like our World Vision partnership and the AAMA scholarship program. This December, you can join AAMA in supporting Team Nicholas, a nonprofit that brings comfort to children facing critical health problems, as well as their families and care givers.

November 9, 2015

AAMA to Serve as Inspection Agency for Certified Alaska Tough Certification Program

AAMA is announcing a partnership with the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, an industry-based, nonprofit corporation in Fairbanks, AK created to facilitate the development, use and testing of energy-efficient, durable, healthy and cost-effective building technologies for people living in circumpolar regions around the globe. Effective immediately, AAMA will serve as an Inspection Agency for residential windows -- the first addition to CCHRC's Certified Alaska Tough program.

November 2, 2015

Corporate Renewal Process to Begin Week of Nov 2: Check Your Email

The renewal process for AAMA Corporate members will begin the first week of November. AAMA Corporate membership is available to businesses involved in the manufacturing, sale or service of fenestration products and is renewed on an annual basis. All main contacts at member companies should watch for future email reminders from the AAMA Membership Department regarding the renewal process, as all renewals are due by January 1, 2016.

October 30, 2015

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

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During the AAMA 2015 National Fall Conference, volunteers filled backpacks with school supplies to benefit children at seven Title I elementary schools in the Cambridge, MD area. A total of 500 backpacks were filled and distributed during the event.

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 22, 2015

Aaron Smith Highlights Importance of Transparency with EPDs, LCAs, HPDs during AAMA Fall Conference

The age of transparency is here, and it's a major focus of green building standards and codes, said Aaron Smith, Director of Sustainable Building Solutions for ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. Smith, LEED AP BD+C, gave a presentation called Opening the Door to Transparency - LEED v4, EPDs and HPDs at the AAMA 2015 Fall Conference.

October 21, 2015

Four New Staff Members Join Ranks at AAMA

AAMA welcomes four new staff members: Michelle Gaynes, Education Coordinator; Lorraine Zimak, Association Services Assistant; Julia Carlucci, Technical Standards Assistant; and Diana Hanson, Regulatory Affairs Manager.

October 21, 2015

AAMA Manufacturing Safety Forum Addresses Risk Management, OSHA

Manufacturing safety was an area of focus during the AAMA 2015 Fall Conference. Terry Burkhalter, an authorized Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) instructor and trainer, discussed risk management and safety in manufacturing on Monday, October 19 during the event.

October 19, 2015

AAMA Keynote Speaker Addresses the Impact of Demographics

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AAMA welcomed Ken Gronbach as keynote speaker for the AAMA 2015 National Fall Conference. Gronbach is a demographer, futurist and author who writes about how countries' age curves interact to create the opportunities and challenges of the world we live in today and what the future will bring for people, profits and the planet. Gronbach spoke about his research and work on Monday, October 19 during the conference.

October 14, 2015

AAMA Announces New Regulatory Affairs Manager Diana Hanson

AAMA has added Diana Hanson, Regulatory Affairs Manager, to its ranks. Hanson comes to AAMA with association experience as a founding member of the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA).

October 2, 2015

Fall Conference Online Registration to Close October 5

There's still time to register for the AAMA 2015 National Fall Conference. The event will take place October 18-21 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, MD. Don't miss this chance to hear from a unique keynote speaker, to network with those in the industry at the annual supplier product display and to have the chance of winning prizes through a new interactive game within the AAMA App.

October 2, 2015

Meetings Manager Florence Nicolici Celebrates 30 Years at AAMA

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AAMA's beloved Meetings Manager celebrated working for the association for 30 years on September 9, She is a crucial member of the AAMA family and AAMA staff have had much to say about how much she means to them. Today, we sat down with Florence to talk about her long career and her thoughts on why AAMA is a special place to work.

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.

September 30, 2015

Fall Conference to Host Fun Facts Game with Cash Prizes

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Have you ever wondered if there's an AAMA member in your midst who played college racquetball or once took a vacation to Ibiza? If you're attending the upcoming Fall Conference in Cambridge, MD October 18-21, you'll want to brush up on your fellow AAMA member trivia -- doing so could get you a cash prize at the event. A total of 15 prizes will be available during the conference.

September 22, 2015

AAMA Granted ANSI Accreditation in Accordance with ISO/IEC 17065

AAMA is pleased to announce that its air-water-structural product certification program has been granted accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065-2012 Conformity assessment -- Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services. The scope of the accreditation includes Doors and Windows (91.050.60).

September 1, 2015

FenestrationMasters Rebranding Announced

Some recent rebranding changes have been made within the FenestrationMasters certification program. Specifically, the official letter designation given to those who complete training and pass the final exam has been updated, and new ways to promote certification have been added.

September 1, 2015

AAMA to Host Express Learning, #RUsmarter Game at GlassBuild America

Will you be attending GlassBuild America in Atlanta in a couple weeks? AAMA will be there, so be sure to visit booth 2707. We'll be participating in two equally big ways: hosting an Express Learning session on field testing and offering course and exam discounts through the "Are You Smarter Than a FenestrationMaster?" game show.

August 31, 2015

AAMA Releases New Comparison of Condensation Ratings Systems for Fenestration Document

AAMA has created and released a new document laying out comparisons among three different rating systems for condensation on interior surfaces of fenestration products.

August 31, 2015

Fall Conference Registration Now Open: Enjoy Extra Networking Opportunities

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The AAMA 2015 National Fall Conference will be held October 18-21 in Cambridge, MD, just in time to enjoy the peak fall foliage. Registration just opened, and early bird prices end on September 25. This event includes multiple opportunities to network.

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.

August 19, 2015

AAMA Releases Updated Requirements for Coatings on Steel Hardware Components

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AAMA has updated and released a document specifying requirements for corrosion resistant coatings on carbon steels used for hardware components in window, door, and skylight applications. The document was previously updated in 2012.

August 11, 2015

Opening Thoughts from the Western Region Board of Directors

I hope you had a chance to attend the Western Region Summer Summit in June, which took place immediately after the AAMA National Summer Conference in Seattle. We had a lot of collaboration and discussions, and heard from a slate of regionally-specific speakers. In this edition of the Western Region e-News you can see some coverage of the information given. In case you missed the Summit, presentations are available for you to view in the Members Only section of the AAMA website.

July 6, 2015

John Nolan Discusses Legal Issues, Risk Management at AAMA Summer Conference

At the 2015 AAMA National Summer Conference, the industry heard from an AMC speaker and expert on legal issues, risk identification and management. John Nolan of the Gary Law Group spoke June 30 and gave an overview of the country's legal landscape.

June 1, 2015

Skylight Fall Protection Task Group Nears Hand-Off to ASTM

Some four years of work on the part of the AAMA Skylight Fall Protection Task Group is nearing culmination in the form of key input to the development of an ASTM human impact standard. The task group's goal has been to develop AAMA member consensus regarding issues germane to the ASTM standard wherever possible.

May 4, 2015

FBC 2014 Does Not Require Door Testing to NAFS

Rumors apparently still persist among some side-hinged door manufacturers and jobbers that, among the modifications to the Florida Building Code (FBC) 5th Edition (2014) that takes effect June 30, 2015, is a requirement for all doors to be tested according to NAFS (AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/IS2/A440).

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.

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).



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