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Keynote Speaker Shares Challenges, Opportunities Presented by Trump Administration at AAMA Summer Conference

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) invited Michael Collins, Building Industry Advisors, to address those at the 2017 AAMA Summer Conference about both the challenges and opportunities facing the industry in the wake of the new Trump administration. Collins gave a forecast on how Trump’s influence on matters such as immigration, China trade, health care and other big news topics could have on the industry.Decreasing Financial RegulationRepublicans are seeking to replace the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was passed in 2008...

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The Future of Window Technology

At once educational and inspirational, Stephen Selkowitz’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LNBL) looks at the next 25 years of window technology development, and the construction environment in which they will be employed, covered building energy use and evolving strategies for renewables, technology innovations for net zero energy buildings and the steps to achieve optimum performance and participation in this game-changing trend.To set the stage, Selkowitz showed in detail how measures, such as LED lighting, and decentralized renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, are...

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Handling Construction Defects

Pete Fowler, head of Pete Fowler Construction Services, Inc. (PFCS), provided an overview of his company’s process for making strategic decisions about the handling of construction defect (CD) claims, focusing on a return-on-investment viewpoint and on recent developments in CD litigation since PFCS was formed in 2011.In essence, windows and water leakage are still a major target for CD claims. They are being installed in exposures they are not designed to handle, and there is a lack of focus on protecting windows in harsh climates....

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Evolution of NFRC’s Component Modeling Approach Programs

In an NFRC-related presentation, Joe Hayden (Pella) focused on the Component Modeling Approach (CMA) Program and its methodology for rating the thermal performance of commercial products.The CMA program has experienced minimal market penetration to date, representing only 0.14 percent of eligible commercial buildings. Reasons for this low performance include the complexity of the commercial market, the lack of code enforcement, confusion over code requirements, preference for low bids, importance of aesthetics and low confidence due to reported inconsistent results among users.As a result, a collaboration...

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Western Region’s Latest on Energy Codes

Ken Nittler, P.E., of NFRC-approved simulation laboratory WESTLab, surveyed energy code development. Primary national model codes are the IECC for residential construction and the IECC and ASHRAE 90.1 for non-residential construction. The most recent (2015) version of the IECC contains separate, stand-alone residential and commercial energy codes. The 2015 IRC actually duplicates the IECC residential code in its Chapter 11.As of 2014, ASHRAE 90.1-2013 has been approved by DOE as an alternative compliance option for high-rise residential and non-residential. Jurisdictions typically adopt model codes, occasionally...

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AAMA Begins Planning for the Next Code Cycle

The 2018 editions of the I-codes are expected to publish by Fall 2017, with the exception of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) which will not issue until the Summer of 2018. As the world turns so does the code development cycle, and your Code Action Committee is getting ready to begin work for the 2018 Group A code cycle (for the 2021 editions of the I-codes).Group A code change proposals must be filed by January 8. Among others, Group A covers:International Building Code (IBC),...

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AAMA Releases 2016/2017 Industry Review and Forecast

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released the AAMA 2016/2017 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast. This report delivers timely information on window, door and skylight market trends and product relationships. Historic data for 2008 through 2014 and forecast data for 2017 through 2019 are also included in the report. Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of March 2017.Total housing starts continued their growth curve in 2016 with strong gains particularly in the single family segment, up by 10 percent. The...

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IGMA Summer Conference Focuses on Issues Important to Insulating Glass Manufacturers

At the IGMA 2016 Summer Conference, several task groups gave updates on matters like the Quality Management System task group, the Sealant Adhesion to Spacer task group and others. Below is a summary of activities at that event.

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Joint IGMA/AAMA Task Group Progresses toward Edge Pressure Testing

Excessive edge pressure applied to insulating glass units (IGUs) – as, for example, that exerted by over-tightened pressure plates used to secure glazing in curtain wall or sloped glazing systems – can create an aesthetic issue and ultimately result in a seal failure. A major example is the creation of a "wavy" edge of sealing material such as polyisobutylene (PIB) protruding into the vision area of the IGU, a phenomenon known as "scalloping."

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