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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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First Quarter Down, Three to Go

Well, it's April, which means it's supposed to be sunny and warm, and I should see Peter Cottontail jumping through my yard. However, here in Chicago it snowed last week. I'm plowing forward (apologies for the poor pun) and looking forward to what the remaining three quarters of 2014 have in store for AAMA.

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Making ANSI Work for AAMA

As many of you may know, AAMA was the first certifier in the fenestration industry to have our certification program accredited by ANSI. We pride ourselves on adhering to some of the most stringent requirements within the accreditation market; ensuring quality and consistency through our programs for our Licensees.

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Looking Forward to Improvements

Last month we took a look back at everything AAMA accomplished in 2013 - the documents that had the most influence on AAMA and our members. This month, I would like to look forward to what 2014 has in-store for AAMA. This includes some eagerly anticipated documents that are close to publication, enhancements to how we approve our documents for publication, and how we are looking to reach out to our customers more and better inform you about our standards and their importance within our industry.

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Building Standards: Looking Back

Everyone has traditions for the Thanksgiving to New Year time period. Some insist on pulling the turkey's wishbone; others insist on opening one present on Christmas Eve; another tradition is having black-eyed peas during New Years Day for good luck. One tradition in the Rhodes household is to look back on the year and recognize what we as a family accomplished. For us, this would include purchasing a new home and all the trials and tribulations that come along with that.

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Stop! Collaborate and Listen!

We here at AAMA like to tout that we are the source of performance standards, product certification and educational programs for the window, door and skylight industry. And while our members certainly have enough knowledge about our industry to fill the entirety of Soldier Field (GO BEARS!), we know that industry collaboration something that can benefit our entire association.

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Visiting Charm City

With only a little more than two months left in the year, AAMA staff is getting ready for our National Fall Conference. This year it's being held in Baltimore, MD, and (because of D.C.'s close proximity) we're excited about the different governmental speakers we will have for those in attendance, including Karma Sawyer from the DOE and Doug Anderson from the EPA.

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Coatings Aren't Just for Candy

AAMA is well-known throughout the industry as a leader in window, door and skylight standards. Whether the document is focused on testing, procedure or installation, AAMA has been recognized as a leader.<br><br>However, AAMA has also become a force in the way of supplier standards (i.e., hardware, sealant, weatherstripping, coatings). Our suppliers help to make sure that our manufacturers are able to produce products that are not only functional but aesthetically pleasing as well.

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We Are Family

In preparation for this blog post, I've read through my previous posts. While most of the posts have been beneficial to the majority of the market, I have been remiss in one area--I've neglected to tell you who we are. The AAMA team that helps to create/maintain our standards. The AAMA Technical Department.

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Sweet Home Chicago

AAMA held its annual Summer Conference the week of June 10, here in the Chicago area. Along with a successful outing to the Chicago Cubs game (Cubs won--go Cubbies!) and evening receptions, much work was done by all attendees.

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Remodeling Isn't So Scary (Thanks to AAMA)

My husband and I recently purchased our first single-family house. (You're welcome for helping to stimulate the economy.) We've always been in townhomes in the past and really unable to "change" the place we're living in due to Home Owner Association rules and restrictions. However, with this new (very costly) acquisition, we are excited to be able to make this house truly our own.

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