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7 Essential Tips for Complying with NAFS in Canada

While NAFS has mostly harmonized fenestration testing requirements between the U.S. and Canada, there are important differences that U.S. manufacturers need to consider with respect to NAFS compliance under Canadian building codes. Products initially tested to only the U.S. requirements in NAFS will need to be retested to qualify them for Canada. It makes sense to plan your test program with both Canadian and U.S. requirements in mind if you have plans to enter the Canadian market in the future.

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Looking Forward to What's Ahead

As we discussed last month, 2014 was a big year within the documents sector of AAMA -- more than 25 documents were published, including a whole new series of certification documents, and the release of the AAMA 103 with the introduction of the 5 + 5 program. And, even though those are some pretty big shoes to fill, I'm looking forward to 2015 and hoping that it will be just as successful with some of the initiatives we have on the horizon.

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2014 Rewind

Well, as 2014 begins to wrap up, I want to continue the tradition of looking back on the year and recognizing what we as an association accomplished. So, for my final blog post of the year, here is a list of some of the biggest documents and standards that were published in 2014.

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Certification and Standards go Hand-in-Hand Redux

Since we had a nice little refresher on balloting last month, it seems apropos to have the refresher series continue. It's been more than 18 months since we featured how AAMA standards work together with AAMA's certification programs, so we're going to do a little review of how AAMA works to create and publish not only standards, but procedural guides for our certification programs.

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A Balloting Reminder

Every two years, households throughout the U.S. are flooded with television ads, mailers and subtle billboards all reminding us that it's election time again. Time for us to hear how horrible each candidate is and pick which one we want representing us. It's an uplifting time; one of optimism and mudslinging. It's election season!

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Coming Down from 14,000 Feet

Another successful AAMA conference is behind us. Denver was good to us, and we had an incredible four days in the mile-high city (both weather- and work-wise). Although we had a lot of fun checking out Red Rocks Amphitheater (complete with some karaoke by AAMA staff and members), there was a lot of work being done by those in attendance; AAMA documents were the center of attention.

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No Summer Vacation for AAMA Standards

Last month you got to know AAMA's Technical Services Assistant, Tamara Davis, a little better. Tamara gave you a wrap-up of the standards that had been published in the first half of this year, all with her wit shining through. Tamara's spunky attitude and constant enthusiasm help to keep our standards moving forward, and allow us to have fun while doing it.

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Meet Tamara Davis, AAMA's Technical Services Assistant

I am glad for this opportunity to personally introduce myself. My name is Tamara Davis, your Southern Belle/guest blogger. I have been AAMA's Technical Services Assistant for two years. My primary functions deal with the ins and outs of both the technical and certification departments. Technically speaking, I administer all ballots and publish all technical documents. As for certification, I maintain the records of AAMA program licensees and invoicing for these programs.

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And One More for the Road

This month's blog is one that I've been working on for the past two months. Although my blog posts are always about standards and AAMA programs, I'm going to take a month off to instead go a different route. Next month I'll get back to the AAMA standards that you should be paying attention to (including the newly updated and released AAMA TIR A9-14 and 10 AAMA documents approved for publication at the AAMA Summer Conference).

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