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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

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 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

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.

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.

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

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 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 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 19, 2015

AAMA Releases Updated Requirements for Coatings on Steel Hardware Components

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.

August 11, 2015

Government Initiatives Update

Ric Jackson, director of external affairs and government relations for Quanex, provided an update on government activities, which have definitely had an impact on the fenestration market and are worth watching in order to be prepared for future changes.

August 10, 2015

Product Considerations: It's not the same old rough opening anymore

Architects, manufacturers and contractors will need to pay greater attention in the future to rough opening design that anticipates wall system configurations and components, said Dave Deress, Principal and Unit Manager at the Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc. (WJE) consulting firm.

August 10, 2015

Re-Envisioning Windows

Stephen Selkowitz, Senior Advisor, Technology and Urban Systems Division for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), explored several trends and issues shaping and reshaping the building/fenestration landscape.

August 7, 2015

Dynamic Electrochromic Facades

Dynamic electrochromic facades change tint between clear and dark on demand, providing complete control over the amount of light and heat that enter a building, resulting in reduced energy consumption, reduced peak load and HVAC equipment downsizing.

August 7, 2015

Design for Off: A New Approach for Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings

Johnathan Heller, Lead Mechanical Engineer at Ecotope, a Seattle-based engineering firm focusing on energy efficiency, discussed the firm's approach to HVAC system design, the name of which recognizes "that there is no more efficient mechanical system than one that is turned off." They assert that their approach can reduce a building's total energy use by a factor of three.

August 7, 2015

Spandrel Design: Quantifying and Mitigating the Impact of Thermal Bridging

Thermal bridging – caused by a highly conductive material that bypasses the insulation layer, promotes lateral heat flow and greatly affects the thermal performance of the assembly – has not previously been accounted for in envelope heat loss calculations. Stephane Hoffman is Vice President & Senior Building Science Specialist at Morrison Hershfield, a sustainability consulting engineering firm with offices throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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.

August 3, 2015

AAMA Offers Chance to Win Discounts Toward FenestrationMasters Courses and Exams

AAMA will host an online contest on both LinkedIn and Twitter every Monday and Wednesday, respectively, at 12:30 p.m. EDT from August 10 through September 9, as well as during the GlassBuild America show (September 16-18 in Atlanta, GA). The contest will feature quiz questions from AAMA's FenestrationMasters program--the industry resource for comprehensive professional education and certification.

July 29, 2015

AAMA Releases Updated Methods of Test for Exterior Walls

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AAMA has updated and released a document specifying test methods, specifications, and field checks used to evaluate the structural adequacy of wall systems and their ability to resist water penetration and air leakage. Other optional tests are also included. AAMA 501-15 is intended to be referenced in current laboratory and field testing methods for exterior wall systems comprised of curtain walls, storefronts and sloped glazing. It was previously updated in 2005.

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.

July 6, 2015

2015 AAMA Summer Conference Speakers Focus on Green Matters, Sustainability

Speakers and presenters offered insights into the future of sustainability in the building industry at the AAMA 2015 Summer Conference, held June 28-July 1, in Seattle, WA. Topics covered there included alternatives for green certifications, window technology in Europe and the future of building products.

June 30, 2015

Mic Patterson Gives Keynote Address on Façade Technology and Applications at AAMA Summer Conference

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Author and researcher Mic Patterson addressed the audience at the 2015 AAMA Summer Conference, held June 28-July 1, in Seattle, WA. Patterson's keynote address at the event reviewed the recent evolution in façade technology and applications. He identified current and emerging drivers that are powering this change and discussed the challenges and opportunities now facing the glass industry.

June 29, 2015

AAMA Announces 2015 Scholarship Winners

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AAMA celebrated 15 consecutive years of furthering the careers and education of students pursuing a degree related to the building products industry by awarding seven AAMA scholarships to children of employees of AAMA member companies. The scholarship award winners were announced during the 2015 AAMA Summer Conference, held June 28-July 1, in Seattle, WA. The recipients of nine partner scholarships were also announced.

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 23, 2015

AAMA Releases Updated Aluminum Finishes Documents

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AAMA has updated and released two documents specific to aluminum finishes: AAMA 612-15, Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements, and Test Procedures for Combined Coatings of Anodic Oxide and Transparent Organic Coatings on Architectural Aluminum, and AAMA 2603-15, Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Pigmented Organic Coatings on Aluminum Extrusions and Panels (with Coil Coating Appendix).

June 16, 2015

AAMA Releases Updated Specification for Liquid-Applied Flashing for Creating Water-Resistive Seals

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AAMA has updated and released a document specifying performance requirements for liquid applied flashing used to provide a water-resistive seal around exterior wall openings in buildings that includes fenestration products such as windows and doors, as well as other through-wall penetrations. AAMA 714-15 was previously updated in 2011 and again in 2012.

June 5, 2015

AAMA LinkedIn Group Reaches 1,500 Followers

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The AAMA LinkedIn group recently surpassed 1,500 followers, a milestone in the association's social media outreach efforts. This public group is open to all involved in the fenestration industry, and not just AAMA members. To join, visit LinkedIn and search the groups for AAMA to begin participating in the industry discussions.

June 1, 2015

AAMA 2015 National Summer Conference Early Bird Registration Closing June 4

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Early bird registration for the upcoming AAMA 2015 National Summer Conference will close on Thursday, June 4, but those interested may still plan to participate. The conference will be held June 28-July 1 at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, and a wide range of speakers have been scheduled for the week. The AAMA Western Region Summer Summit will follow immediately after, from July 1-2, in the same location and will feature an excellent slate of speakers specific to that region's interests.

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.

June 1, 2015

June 16 #AAMAwebinar to Lay Out How to Succeed with FenestrationMasters

Registration for the next American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) webinar is now open. On June 16, Dean Lewis, AAMA Educational and Technical Information Manager, will provide a complete explanation of the benefits, procedures, costs and study materials available to take full advantage of the FenestrationMasters professional education and certification program. Anyone in the industry can participate in this free #AAMAwebinar from the comfort of their own office or home.

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).

May 4, 2015

Atlas Offers Insight on Weatherability Testing

Weathering tests are used to avoid unexpected product deterioration or out-of-spec performance and obtain a realistic picture of long-term durability. They enable determination of the validity of competitive claims, bringing to bear many different disciplines from the fields of physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics.

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.

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 2, 2015

GANA Reports Productive 2014 and Anticipates a Better 2015

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary throughout 2014, the Glass Association of North America (GANA) has evolved from a consolidation of multiple fabricating-oriented associations into one large networking body. Today, we have become a highly technical organization, offering a well-rounded experience to both network and participate in ever-growing technical activities and issues through our eight divisions.

March 2, 2015

IGMA 2015 Winter Conference Sees Election Results, Task Group Updates, More

IGMA's 2015 Winter Conference was held the first week of February in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In addition to the technical meetings, highlights included a visit to Construction Research to witness full mock up testing.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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].

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.

May 1, 2014

Case Study: Keyless Electronic Multipoint Locking, A First-time Application for North America

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"I don't want to use keys to enter my house. I haven't used keys for my car for years. Why can't I do this for my front door?"

This was the simple request from a client seeking a hardware solution. He was building a new home featuring modern architecture, energy-conscious building products and a lot of technology.

Photo courtesy of Jane Messinger and Anmahian Winton Architects © 2013

April 1, 2014

Case Study: Seacoast Luxury Home Relies on Vinyl Windows

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The Newman home in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, is a traditional brick 3,292 square-foot house with a stunning view of the Ocean Ridge Plantation golf course community. The home was designed for retirement living - it needs less maintenance so there's more time for golf.

March 3, 2014

Case Study: High-End Home Makes Creative Use of Powder-Coated Aluminum

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The Indian Creek House, located on a secluded island between Miami and North Miami, features rare and expansive views of the scenic and prestigious Biscayne Bay. A landmark residential design by locally renowned architect Rene Gonzalez - who emphasizes how homes reflect and interact with their environments - the house takes full advantage of the non-traditional, typically commercial, superior-performing coating process.

Photo credit: Luis Travieso; Rene Gonzalez Architect

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.

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