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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

ASTM Technical Committee Manages Pultrusion Standards

ASTM International (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials) is typically the bellwether for the latest in testing technology and methodology, and its individual test method publications are often referenced within AAMA standards. Committees and subcommittees are constantly working to maintain currency and relevancy of all these standards and test methods.

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 14, 2016

ICC Group B Proposals to be Heard April 17–27

Group B proposals will be considered at the International Code Council (ICC) Committee Action Hearings set to begin on April 17, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. Due to the massive number of code change proposals received in this cycle, the ICC has extended the hearings for a full 11 days.

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

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.

March 1, 2016

Case Study: New PNC Bank Tower One of World's Greenest

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A 33-story skyscraper made of nearly one million square feet of glass opened October 1 in Pittsburgh and is designed to be one of the world's greenest office buildings. It's also unusual as a high rise tower with a powder coated finish.

Photo credit: Tom Cwenar

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.

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.

February 19, 2016

AAMA Manufacturing Safety Forum Hosts Guest Speaker on Glass Safety

Those at the AAMA 2016 Annual Conference heard from an authority on glass safety in the workplace as part of the association's efforts to promote plant safety awareness. Last year, AAMA created the Manufacturing Safety Forum as a venue for those in the industry to compare and share best practices and safety tips, and speaker Mike Burk (GED Integrated Solutions) used this forum to distribute information specific to glass safety.

February 18, 2016

AAMA Hears from Experts on Trending Fenestration Choices and Future of Housing

Two experts led a discussion on home trends and the future of housing at the AAMA 2016 Annual Conference. Mollie Carmichael (John Burns Real Estate Consulting) and Nick Lehnert (KTGY Architecture and Planning) shared information on trends and design solutions as they pertain to a range of generations and other demographic information.

February 17, 2016

AAMA Keynote Speaker Addresses How to Sell Across Generations

AAMA hosted speaker Matt Beaudreau from the Center for Generational Kinetics at its 2016 Annual Conference. For those at the conference, he drew a map for selling across generations and offered strategies that can help drive sales. His informational and, at times, humorous presentation, "Selling Across Generations," was well attended by the audience.

February 16, 2016

AAMA Recognizes Member Leadership during 79th Annual Conference

AAMA recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at the 79th Annual Conference Awards Banquet held Monday night in Huntington Beach, CA. Award presenters noted the importance of these member contributions as they serve to further the industry as a whole.

February 12, 2016

Six Reasons to Love AAMA

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Valentine's Day is this weekend, and we wanted to share some reasons why AAMA is so well-loved. Take a look at our six reasons to love AAMA and if you agree, please share them with others in the industry!

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

The Case for Capped Skylights

Sometimes a finishing touch or a design element that may seem on the surface to be of no great importance, turns out to be significant. Consider, for example, the perimeter frame employed by some manufacturers of "capped" domed skylights as a dome encapsulating method around the mounting curb. More than a finishing touch, this cap is a key element to ensure long-term performance.

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 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

Case Study: New Vinyl Windows Reduce Energy and Improve Aesthetics of Pennsylvania Office Building

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Window replacement can be a significant expense, but it can also provide an opportunity for dramatic energy savings. Westover Companies, owner of more than 10,000 apartments and nearly 1,000,000 square feet of commercial office space in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania, recently experienced these benefits first-hand by installing 514 replacement windows in its office building located at 475 Allendale Road in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

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

Vinyl Institute Update: VI Looks at New Initiative to Counter Anti-Vinyl Publicity

The Vinyl Institute (VI) is currently examining a proposal from CounterPoint Strategies, LLC of Washington, DC, to develop an organized program to confront, rebut and disrupt critics of vinyl generally by using assessment and objective standards of discourse.

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 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 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.

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 2, 2015

Daylighting Technology and Metrics Vie for Parity

Daylighting has become one of the fastest growing green building strategies by playing a major role in building design for sustainability and energy savings. Many experts feel that daylighting is necessary to realize Zero Net Energy buildings, a DOE goal for 2025 and a state of California goal for 2020 for residential buildings.

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.

October 1, 2015

Research Labs Help Industry Leverage the Future

Composite products are rapidly expanding in terms of innovative formulations and end-use applications. Even as "traditional" cellulosic composite products ramp up market share, new technologies are creating still other opportunities in entirely new areas of application. To expand into these other markets, such as non-residential and commercial construction and consumer goods, today's composites need to achieve enhanced performance, serviceability, durability, and reliability.

October 1, 2015

Case Study: Commercial Skylighting in Educational Setting Gives Students Fresh Air, Light

The Cornell University East Sibley Hall project on the Ithaca, NY campus illustrated the application of commercial skylights in an educational setting for the purposes of daylighting, energy efficiency and making fresh air more available to those enjoying the space.

August 27, 2015

Composites Expo Offers Much to Expand Horizons

AAMA FMC members are likely to find a lot to draw their interest at the upcoming Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX), scheduled for October 26-29, 2015 in Dallas. The annual event is sponsored by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) "to connect and advance all aspects of the world's composites and advanced materials communities."

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 3, 2015

Case Study: Vinyl Windows Help Historical Site Improve Energy Efficiency While Preserving Character

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Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum is a Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation site, one also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1910, it is the largest memorial in the United States dedicated solely to honoring all branches of military veterans and service personnel.

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 26, 2015

ABC, ASTM and LEED Flock to Prevent Bird Collisions

The reflective and transparent characteristics of glass can be appealing to both humans and birds with very different consequences. Research has shown that birds can see the reflection of trees or the sky in a window or glass curtain wall on a building facade, or see through the glass to trees and sky on the other side of a window or glass corridor. As a consequence, they fly into the glass often times at full flight speed resulting in injury or death.

June 26, 2015

Webinar Covers Basics of Corrosion Varieties and Solutions

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) teamed up with experts from Akzo-Nobel to present a webinar on "Corrosion Standards" presented on April 29, 2015.

June 25, 2015

Case Study: Seattle's Bullitt Center Earns Top Green Certification

The six-story, 52,000-square-foot, Class A office building's unusually tall 14-foot floor-to-floor heights are matched with equally impressive floor-to-ceiling operable window systems.

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.

June 1, 2015

Case Study: Giving an Inviting Feel to a Modern Design

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Broadwater II, in Arnold, MD, was part of a larger compound of cottage-style houses on the neck of the Magothy River.

March 31, 2015

Case Study: Commercial Vinyl Used in Southern Florida's CWS Esmeralda Bay Project

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According to John Cwik, owner and CEO of Custom Window Systems, Quanex provided engineered materials and coatings that could remove previous concerns the building products industry had about vinyl.

February 27, 2015

Case Study: Trojan Powder Coating Brings Sustainable Design to South Mountain Reservation

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Projects that instill and support community values are few and far between, so when Trojan Powder Coating was presented an opportunity to contribute to New Jersey's initiative to restore its iconic South Mountain Reservation, they seized it.

July 1, 2014

Case Study: Buffalo Public School #69 - Houghton Academy

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Houghton Academy's new windows match historic aesthetic with different color finishes on interior/exterior using a thermal barrier system.

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