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April 22, 2014

2012 I-Code Review Highlights Delicate Balances

AAMA Code Consultant, Julie Ruth, updated Western Region Spring Summit attendees on key changes addressed in the 2012 I-Code, which many West Coast states have already adopted. These include minimum sill heights versus window opening control devices, daylighting requirements and window-to-wall ratio.

April 22, 2014

Who Are We and What Are We Doing Here?

As the scope of this newsletter - to say nothing of the national news - demonstrates, there has been a lot of activity that is incredibly impactful for our industry, and the trend only looks to accelerate. That's why the AAMA Western Region is focusing on these issues by securing industry experts to speak to the specifics of these impacts on western states and how companies can prepare for future changes.

April 22, 2014

45L Energy Efficient Home Credit Extended

In addition to updating Western Region Spring Summit attendees on California-based energy initiatives, Mike Hodgson also discussed national tax legislation that extended the Energy Efficient Home Credit. Also known as the 45L credit, this legislation offers a credit of $2,000 per dwelling unit to developers of energy efficient apartment buildings and homes.

April 21, 2014

ENERGY STAR Implements Version 6 and Plans for Version 7 Development

Ric Jackson (Quanex) reviewed ENERGY STAR Version 6.0 criteria for windows, doors and skylights with those attending the AAMA Western Region Spring Summit (March 11-12). The latest ENERGY STAR requirements were finalized January 17, 2013, and took effect January 1, 2014.

April 21, 2014

Registration for Summer Conference Now Open; Keynote Speaker to Address the Future of ADA

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Registration is now open for the AAMA Summer Conference, to be held in downtown Indianapolis, June 1-4. In addition to keynote speaker, Dr. Elizabeth Watson, addressing the future of ADA principles and design, AAMA will be introducing a new app, offering several optional events for attendees and announcing this year's scholarship winners.

April 21, 2014

Multiple California Energy Regulations Pursue Challenging Goals

Mike Hodgson, President of ConSol, a California-based energy and sustainable solutions consulting firm, explained upgraded standards and programs to AAMA Western Region Spring Summit attendees on behalf of the California Building Industry Association (CBIA) where he chairs the energy committee. Typically leading the country in terms of both social and seismic movement, California is also perennially active on the energy regulatory front, initiating and expanding many programs for the future.

April 9, 2014

AAMA Encourages Education during National Window Safety Week, April 6-12

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AAMA, as a co-founder of the Window Safety Task Force, encourages everyone to recognize the importance of practicing window safety by designating one week each spring to promoting safety and education. National Window Safety Week, April 6-12, is used as a time to remind all households that open windows can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised. This is especially important with the arrival of warm weather when windows are opened to provide ventilation.

April 8, 2014

AAMA Forms Sustainability Steering Committee

AAMA Board of Directors voted unanimously to establish a Sustainability Steering Committee. It will oversee the various AAMA committees and task groups involved in establishing standard practices that lead to product sustainability - from component development to structural integrity.

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."

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.

April 1, 2014

Speakers to Address Product Transparency and Acoustical Performance during Summer Conference

During the AAMA Summer Conference (June 1-4) in Indianapolis, IN, Bill Freeman will speak about how the Product Transparency Declaration (PTD) differs from the Health Product Declaration (HPD), and Eric Miller will address acoustical performance, specifically Outdoor/Indoor Transmission Classifications (OITC) for fenestration.

March 31, 2014

AAMA Promotes Two Staff Members

It is with great pleasure that AAMA announces the promotion of two staff members - Andrea Rhodes to Technical Services Manager and Maureen Knight to Government Affairs/Product Stewardship Manager.

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.

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 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

March 3, 2014

Shadow Conditions That Increase the Amount of Thermal Stress on Glass

In the June 2013 publication of Glass Canada, Margaret Webb, Executive Director of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA), gave an overview of a technical services bulletin developed by IGMA to assist the industry in providing a proper technical understanding for thermal stress. The bulletin, TB 1300-13, is titled "Guidelines for Thermal Stress Considerations."

February 28, 2014

AAMA Accredited as ANSI Standards Developer

On February 19, AAMA became accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a Standards Developer. This accreditation includes review and approval of AAMA's document creation and maintenance program, notably AAMA balloting procedure.

February 28, 2014

AAMA Scholarship Program, Partner Program Accepting Applications through April 1

Applications for the AAMA Scholarship Program and the Partner Program are due April 1. Visit the Members Only portion of the AAMA website or to apply.

February 25, 2014

AAMA Speaker Focuses on the Importance of Accountability in Successful Organizations

According to Sam Silverstein, accountability is today's competitive advantage to reclaim market share and win the heart of a hyper-discerning consumer. During Silverstein's keynote address at the AAMA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, (February 16-19), he challenged attendees to eliminate excuses and take personal accountability for choices, actions and outcome.

February 19, 2014

AAMA Ratifies 2014 Board, Appoints IGMA's Marg Webb as Affiliated Association Representative

At the AAMA 77th Annual Conference, the association's membership ratified the 2014 board of directors. The slate included Marg Webb, CHRP, of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) to fill the affiliated association seat, plus Pella's Kevin Gaul and Simonton's Sid Spear to fill seats as residential representatives.

February 18, 2014

AAMA Recognizes Member Leadership during 77th Annual Conference

AAMA recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at the 77th Annual Conference Awards Banquet held in Orlando, FL. Award presenters noted the importance of these member contributions as they serve to further the industry as a whole.

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.

February 4, 2014

Three New Partners to Offer Scholarships in 2014

Three additional AAMA member companies will be participating in the AAMA Scholarship Partner Program in 2014 -- MI Windows and Doors, PGT Industries and Veka -- adding even more opportunity for scholastic funding to eligible students.

February 3, 2014

AAMA Annual Conference Online Registration Closes February 7

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Online registration is open through February 7 for the AAMA 77th Annual Conference held President's Day weekend, February 16-19, at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort in Orlando. However, attendees may register via paper forms or on-site after February 7. In addition, those who have successfully completed their FenestrationMasters coursework will have the opportunity to take their certification exams on-site.

January 29, 2014

AAMA Updates Acoustical Rating Specification

AAMA has published an updated standard for acoustical performance. AAMA 1801-13, Voluntary Specification for the Acoustical Rating of Exterior Windows, Doors, Skylights and Glazed Wall Sections describes the use of sound transmission loss test data to calculate Sound Transmission Class (STC) and Outdoor-Indoor Transmission Class (OITC) ratings.

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

Applications for AAMA Scholarship Program Now Open, Partner Program Available

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The application process for the AAMA Scholarship Program and the Partner Program is now open.

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

Author to Discuss Organization Goals at AAMA Annual Conference; Registration Open until February 7

During the AAMA Annual Conference, to be held in Orlando, FL, February 16-19, Sam Silverstein, an entrepreneur, business expert and author of "No More Excuses" will provide the keynote address. Silverstein will discuss how to identify an organization's deepest beliefs and what the organization is willing to stand for. Registration for the Annual Conference is now open until February 7.

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.

December 23, 2013

AAMA and WDMA Release Updated Review and Forecast that Predicts Fenestration Industry Trends

AAMA and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) have jointly released the December update to the AAMA/WDMA 2012/2013 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast. These reports deliver timely information on window, door and skylight market trends and product relationships. Historic data for 2006 through 2012 and forecast data for 2013 through 2015 are also included in the report. Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of December 2013.

December 19, 2013

Opening Thoughts from the Southeast Region Board of Directors

With the end of the year in sight, now's as good a time as any to thank everyone for their continued support of the Southeast Region. This year alone, AAMA's Southeast Region had the opportunity to host a variety of expert speakers during two successful in-person meetings. These meetings provided us with the great opportunity of learning the issues that affect our region and industry as a whole. I look forward to seeing what 2014 will have in store for us.

December 18, 2013

2013 State-By-State Codes Update

As 2013 draws to a close, it's important to take a look at the latest changes in building codes and their implications for the fenestration industry for the years ahead. During AAMA's Southeast Region Fall Meeting, AAMA Code Consultant Dwight Wilkes provided a state-by-state codes update, specifically focused on the Southeast Region.

December 11, 2013

Revised HVHZ Requirements in the 2013 FBC

The 2013 Florida Building Code (FBC) adoption process is well along. A hearing in which the Florida Building Commission considered "glitch" modifications took place in August, and the effective date for the 2013 FBC is now December 31, 2014.

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 25, 2013

Wall Interface Council Groups Continue Work at Fall Conference

At the AAMA Fall Conference in Baltimore, MD, the Wall Interface Council (WIC) and related task groups met to continue work on important industry documents.

November 25, 2013

Revised Thermoplastic Coatings Standards Increase Objectivity

Finishes on thermoplastic substrates provide aesthetic appeal, but they also serve the purpose of shielding substrates against degradation from environmental factors. These include water that can cause rot or corrosion, ultraviolet (UV) light that can cause fading or embrittlement, overheating from direct sunlight that can cause surface "crazing" and hail impact that can leave dents.

November 25, 2013

Case Study: Spa Includes Vinyl Storefront among its Green Credentials

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In 1989 when Cici Coffee and Patti Beggs founded Natural Body Spas, hardly anyone had heard of--let alone been to--a "day spa." Up to that time, spas were generally considered luxury escapes for the rich and famous, and there were fewer than 100 day spas in the U.S. Today, however, anyone can get spa treatments in just about any town in America.

November 22, 2013

AAMA Contest Shows Importance of Product Certification; Winner Finds 35-Year-Old AAMA-Certified Door

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the AAMA Certification Gold Label, the association hosted a contest to find the oldest in-service window, door or skylight bearing an AAMA air-water-structural certification label. The first place winner and runner-up were announced at AAMA's Fall Conference in Baltimore, MD, on October 28.

November 22, 2013

Resilient Flooring Industry Introduces Product Transparency Declarations

The Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) announced the availability of Product Transparency Declarations (PTDs) as a tool for disclosing product ingredients and performing a health risk assessment on finished flooring materials.

November 19, 2013

The Latest on Glazing for School Security

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Julia Schimmelpenningh (Eastman Chemical Company) covered an always-timely issue of how glazing can contribute to increased security for schools during AAMA's Southeast Region meeting in Boca Raton, FL, August 20-21.

November 18, 2013

AAMA Corporate Membership Renewal Process is Now Open; Recruitment Incentive Program Offered

The renewal process for AAMA Corporate Members is now open. Renewing your membership on time will ensure your company has uninterrupted access to our benefits package and maintains its membership tenure and its listing on the AAMA website for continued customer referrals. AAMA Corporate Membership is available to businesses involved in the manufacture, sale or service of fenestration products and is renewed on an annual basis.

November 18, 2013

AAMA's Western Region to Host Q&A on Green Globes Rating System

AAMA's Western Region will host a webinar on Tuesday, December 3 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Pacific). The webinar will feature a Q&A on the Green Building Initiative (GBI) Green Globes Rating System, moderated by Erin Shaffer, GBI consultant.

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

ENERGY STAR Criteria Developments Discussed at AAMA Fall Conference

Doug Anderson, manager of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ENERGY STAR program, provided insight into the rationale the EPA used in developing Version 6.0 of the ENERGY STAR for Windows, Doors and Skylights program during the AAMA Fall Conference, held October 27-30, in Baltimore, MD.

October 30, 2013

Case Study: Hospital's Inpatient Tower Features High-Performance, Serpentine Curtain Wall

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Starting in 1996, spurred by charitable grants from the Anschutz Foundation, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), the Rocky Mountain region's leading academic medical center, began work on new facilities on the just-decommissioned site of the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, CO.

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 30, 2013

IGMA to Review Proposed Changes to 2010 National Model Construction Codes

The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) will review proposed changes to the 2010 National Model Construction Codes. The fall 2013 public review period runs from October 15 through December 13.

October 30, 2013

AAMA and IGMA Task Group Work on Consumer Guide for Understanding Glass Standards

Members of AAMA's Glass Material Council (GMC) Marketing Committee and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance's (IGMA) Visual Quality Task Group are developing a consumer guide for homeowners which will explain allowable glass obstructions according to industry standards.

October 29, 2013

AAMA Issues First Industry Professional Certification for FenestrationMasters Program

Kevin Zuege of Quanex Building Products was the first person to successfully complete the AAMA FenestrationMasters program, earning the FenestrationMaster professional certification. Currently, Quanex has nearly 40 students enrolled in AAMA's FenestrationMasters program, with five successfully passing the certification exam.

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.

October 28, 2013

AAMA's Aluminum Material Council Publishes Sustainability White Paper

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The Aluminum Material Council (AMC) of AAMA has released a new white paper on aluminum's sustainability, strength and efficiency entitled, Aluminum: The total Solution for Sustainable, Strong and Efficient Commercial Building Design.

October 25, 2013

Applications for AAMA Scholarship Program Open January 1, Partner Program Available

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The application process for the AAMA Scholarship Program and the Partner Program opens January 1, 2014.

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.

July 31, 2013

Case Study: Vinyl Passes Test at Innovative School

The 108,849 square-foot Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy--an advanced concept elementary school--opened its doors in Decatur, GA, for the first time on August 11, 2008. The school features a unique community-oriented focus, in which members of the community or McNair Subject Matter Experts facilitate class discussions and activities related to the subject matter. As a means of promoting community, the school is divided into six Professional Learning Communities (PLC).

June 28, 2013

Case Study: New Energy Biosciences Building Seeks LEED Silver

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The University of California at Berkeley's (UC Berkley) newly-opened Energy Biosciences Building is the most energy efficient building on campus. The 112,000-square-foot Energy Biosciences Building (formerly Helios Energy Research Facility and commonly referred to as the Helios building) houses UC Berkeley's Energy Biosciences Institute, a collaborative project between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Berkeley and the University of Illinois.

June 11, 2013

AAMA Conference Speaker Discusses Product Category Rules, Environmental Product Declarations

During the AAMA Summer Conference, held in Rosemont, IL, June 9-12, Dr. Tom Gloria, Managing Director, Industrial Ecology Consultants, presented information on developing Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) using the Product Category Rules (PCR) guidance document.

March 27, 2013

Case Study: Historic Museum Upgraded with Vinyl Windows and Doors

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Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum is a Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation site listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1910, the 26,750 square-foot edifice is the largest memorial in the U.S. dedicated solely to honoring all branches of military veterans and service personnel.

February 28, 2013

Case Study: Academic Building is Hipp to Aluminum

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When Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, decided to build the Herman N. Hipp Hall, a new academic facility, it decided to go for a U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold rating. Hipp Hall reached its goal with aluminum windows and became the first building in the state of South Carolina to achieve LEED Gold status.

January 31, 2013

Case Study: Petroleum Company Stops Leaks with Skylights

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J.D. Streett & Company (commonly shortened to "J.D. Street"), founded in 1884, is a producer and marketer of petroleum products including vehicle and industrial lubricants, diesel engine oils, hydraulic oils, transmission fluids, gear lubricants and anti-freeze products. The company also owns and operates a chain of convenience stores with fuel products that span Missouri and Illinois.

December 20, 2012

Case Study: Fiberglass Contributes to Building Envelope Efficiency

HOUZE Advanced Building Science, a Houston-based technology integration and commercialization company, along with the City of Houston, has unveiled the first-of-its-kind affordable zero-energy homes in the U. S. (the "ZE" in HOUZE stands for Zero Energy). This fall, the company completed two of 30 planned zero-energy homes. The houses, available in four styles that blend with their historic north Houston neighborhood, range from 1,250 to 1,800 sq. ft. and are priced from $145,000 to $235,000.

November 30, 2012

Case Study: Vinyl Meets Commercial Demands

Long the king of residential window market share, vinyl windows continue to prove their worth in the commercial sector as well. This is well illustrated in the case of the progression of additions to the North American headquarters building of VEKA in Fombell, PA. The company is one of the world's largest extruders of vinyl profiles for the residential and commercial window and door industry with 25 plants worldwide.

October 31, 2012

Case Study: Dallas Hotel Earns LEED Gold Certification

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With a blue glass façade, fabricated from Solarban 70XL Pacifica and Solarban z50 glasses by PPG Industries, Inc., the Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel represents more than the latest and most visible addition to the city’s skyline. The $550 million facility is the first building in Texas to earn the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification for new construction and is the largest hotel outside Las Vegas to be awarded with this distinction.

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