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AMC Conforms Long and Short-Term Objectives, More at Summer Conference

During the 2017 National Summer Conference, the Aluminum Material Council (AMC) worked on strategic plans as well as went over updates to weathering and finishes matters. Work on these topics and more will continue this October during the 2017 National Fall Conference in Greenville, SC.Planning for the FutureWith LEED, green building programs, and sustainability foremost among member concerns, the mission statement of the Aluminum Material Council and objectives for an AMC-focused strategic plan were reviewed.Council Second Vice President Scott Condreay (SAPA Extrusions) presented the short...

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Glass Material Council Reviews Details of Edge Scallop Testing, AAMA-IGMA Efforts, More

The Glass Material Council (GMC) was busy during the 2017 AAMA National Summer Conference last month, going over the development of a procedure pertaining to the edge seal of insulating glass units (IGUs). The council also heard updates from the IGMA Technical Policy Committee and the ASTM E0622 sub-committee. Work on these items and others will continue this October during the 2017 AAMA National Fall Conference in Greenville, SC.Tool and Procedure for Testing Edge Scalloping Under DevelopmentThe joint AAMA/IGMA Edge Pressure Task Group (Chair: Paul...

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Case Study: An Abundant use of Aluminum Windows in a Pre-Fab Home

Aluminum windows provide homeowners with a modern look and feel, due to their thin frames and clean lines that direct your eye to the interior space and exterior views. The Munday family, living in the San Francisco Bay Area, wanted their home to embrace their beautiful view and an indoor/outdoor living lifestyle. Photo credit: Leila Seppa

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Sustainability Speakers Focus on the Well Being of Building Occupants during AAMA Summer Conference

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) hosted two sustainability-centric speakers at its 2017 Summer Conference in Newport, RI, June 18-21. Because green issues continue to be of large interest within the fenestration industry, Soyoung Hwang explained the concepts within the WELL Certified Program and Edward Pavia provided an overview on material health transparency.WELL Buildings and FenestrationTo start out, Soyoung Hwang from the International WELL Building Institute gave a presentation Monday called, “A Window to WELL,” about understanding the link between health and the built environment....

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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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Manufacturers Hear Advice at AAMA Summer Conference on Avoiding Lawsuits

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) hosted Chip Gentry, founding member of Call & Gentry Law Group, to advise those at the conference about the important role of both proper installation and good insurance when it comes to avoiding litigation. “'Build it cheaper and faster’ is a core cause of construction defects,” said Gentry. “It means an inferior final project, and it's a chronic problem.”

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AEC President Jeff Henderson Talks Struggles with Chinese Aluminum, Curtain Wall Industry at AAMA Summer Conference

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) heard an overview of U.S. trade orders on Chinese aluminum extrusions and their impact on the curtain wall industry, thanks to Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) President, Jeff Henderson. Henderson spoke during a session at the AAMA National Summer Conference, June 18-21 in Newport, RI, about a 2011 AEC victory in a trade case against the People's Republic of China, and the impact of its ruling.After the win in the case, said Henderson, both anti-dumping and countervailing duties were put...

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AAMA Conference Kicks Off with Workshop about New AAMA Website Features, Tools

Supporting its recently redesigned website, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) hosted workshops covering the site’s new features during the AAMA National Summer Conference, June 18-21 in Newport, RI. Marketing Manager, Angela Dickson, led two sessions, guiding members and users through the new look of the site and how to use its latest tools. For those unable to attend during the event, a webinar covering these tips and tricks will be held July 18 and is open to the industry.“The new features to the site...

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Opening Thoughts from the Western Region Board of Directors

The Western Region Summit, held February 15-16, 2017, featured a wide range of presentations to bring members up to date on topics of both regional and national importance, focusing on both background information and time-sensitive developments.OSHA Requirements for Incident Reporting and InvestigationIndustry Progress in Expanding Installation StandardsWestern Region’s Latest on Energy CodesTackling NAFS: Proposed Plans for SimplificationEvolution of NFRC’s Component Modeling Approach (CMA) ProgramsHandling Construction DefectsThe Future of Window TechnologyRead the full newsletter to learn more about these issues currently in the works among those...

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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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Tackling NAFS: Proposed Plans for Simplification

Leading off with the observation that “we’ve created a monster” in NAFS, with its 190 pages, more than 170 referenced primary standards and 36 different product types, Joe Hayden (Pella) reported on the efforts of the NAFS Strategy Task Force to simplify the standard. Initial objectives were to reduce the number of performance classes, focus on air/water/structural (AWS) performance and move material and component requirements to a separate document that can be referenced.The revised North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS-17), targeted for “incremental improvements,” will be...

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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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Industry Progress in Expanding Installation Standards

James Katsaros (DuPont), AAMA’s representative on the FMA/AAMA/WDMA Installation Committee, reviewed progress to date in developing the latest in window and door installation standards, in response to evolving International Residential Code (IRC) requirements as contained in the 2015 code.The three-association consortium has previously developed a series of five installation standards for installations in localities susceptible to “extreme exposure” conditions, such as hurricanes and tornadoes. The focus has since broadened to include installations in emerging wall system configurations, with the most recent work product being AAMA...

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OSHA Requirements for Incident Reporting and Investigation

Carrying forward the emphasis on workplace safety that has been a focus of recent AAMA Western Region events, JoAnn Deckert of the National Safety Council (NSC) informed members on OSHA incident reporting requirements and strategies for fulfilling the obligations.The types of incidents involved would be those featuring personnel injuries or illnesses; damage to property, equipment or product; and “near miss” occurrences. Deckert surveyed the many barriers to incident reporting, ranging from the procedural to the psychological, and considered some solutions to overcoming those barriers.Reports are...

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AAMA Releases New White Paper about Aluminum Fenestration and Energy Efficiency

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released a new white paper created by the AAMA Aluminum Material Council that discusses the use of aluminum in high-performing building enclosures. AMC-2-26, Aluminum in High-Performing Building Enclosures, is now available in the AAMA online store as a complimentary download.“This white paper was needed in order to educate and inform the marketplace about the energy advantages of using aluminum fenestration,” said Elizabeth Cotton (Kawneer), Chair of the AMC Marketing Committee. “With today’s technology, these products can achieve current...

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AAMA Reorganizing InstallationMasters Training Content, Hosting Webinar June 13

As the owner and developer of the InstallationMasters® Program, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is now also the administrator of InstallationMasters. To get industry representatives up to speed, an overview of AAMA’s longest-running education effort will be held Tuesday, June 13 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern in a complimentary webinar open to the industry. The InstallationMasters Program is designed to provide training and certification to industry professionals installing windows and exterior glass doors in residential and light commercial construction applications.In 2001, AAMA announced the nationwide...

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AAMA Launches Newly Redesigned Website, Will Host Webinar on New Features and Tools

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has launched a new website intended to increase ease of usability for members and other visitors. The site’s address has not changed, and can still be located at aamanet.org. Join AAMA for a short, complimentary webinar to learn more about the site’s new features on July 18.Updates to the site were based upon usability testing, which identified several strategic improvements, including creating a seamless experience for members, updating the look and feel to be consistent with current branding and...

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WCCMC Finishes Progress in Reconciling Coatings Requirements Continues

In February during the AAMA 80th Annual Conference, the Wood and Cellulosic Composite Material Council Finishes Committee (chair: Jack Reed [Arkema]) continued to champion an effort to reconcile and align two similar industry publications: AAMA 653-14, Voluntary Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Organic Coatings on Wood and Cellulosic Composite Substrates, and WDMA TM-12-2013, Test Method for Factory Applied Pigmented Coatings for Wood and Wood Cellulosic Composites Used for Millwork.A Comparison Matrix intended to summarize the many redundancies between the documents was accepted by the...

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Skylight/Sloped Glazing Council Talks NAFS, New White Paper, Documents at Annual Conference

During the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in February, the Skylight/Sloped Glazing Council met to go over some upcoming changes to the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS), the development of a white paper on skylight loading and other skylight and sloped glazing-related documents. These topics and more will continue to undergo work during the AAMA Summer Conference in Newport, RI June 18-21.Possible NAFS Simplification Draws Widespread Member InterestThe impact of proposed NAFS simplification on skylight products was the focus of recent discussions by the Skylight NAFS...

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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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Keynote Speaker Michael Collins to Review Industry’s Legislative Standing at Summer Conference

At the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Summer Conference (June 18-21 in Newport, RI), an industry expert will answer the question, what does the Trump administration mean in terms of challenges and opportunities for the building products industry? A series of other speakers and panelists will discuss topics like U.S. aluminum trade with China, the WELL Building Standard, avoiding and defending lawsuits, an update from the Vinyl Institute and a workshop focused on the new AAMA website. A presentation about a cradle-to-cradle material program and...

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Early Bird Registration for Summer Conference Available Through May 28

Registration for the 2017 AAMA Summer Conference in Newport, RI, is open, so those in the industry are encouraged to grab a spot at the popular event now. Early bird rates are available until Sunday, May 28, and the conference takes place June 18-21.During the Summer Conference, participants can plan on hearing from a keynote speaker about how the current Trump administration can help or hinder the industry, as well as a full slate of other speakers and presenters.Several workshops will also be available, including...

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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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Fiberglass Material Council Approves Publishing of Finishes Standards Suite During Annual Conference

The Fiberglass Material Council successfully balloted the 2017 versions of several finishes documents during the Annual Conference this past February. That suite of standards is now available in AAMA’s Online Store. Additionally, an update to the AAMA 305 is progressing, and is currently out for Task Group ballot. These topics and others will be discussed in June at the AAMA Summer Conference.305 Update Enters Final StagesFollowing various editorial changes, the FMC 305 Fiberglass Profiles Specification Review Task Group (Chair: Robert Plagemann [Tecton]) approved the revised...

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Door Council Discusses Conference Restructuring, Documents, More at Annual Conference

During the Annual AAMA conference in February in Phoenix, AZ, AAMA’s Door Council met and reviewed the work of several task groups and committees and discussed progress of document development. Additionally, a new group, the Side Hinged Door Acoustical Standards Review Work Group, was created during the conference. These matters and others will continue efforts during the Summer Conference June 18-21 in Newport, RI.Reorganizations Highlight Annual ConferenceThe subgroups of the Door Council took the opportunity of the recent Annual Conference to update their organization to...

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Wall Interface Council Makes Plans for Standards, Reviews Test Results, More at Annual Conference

Wall Interface Council Makes Plans for Standards, Reviews Test Results, More at Annual ConferenceThe Wall Interface Council worked through some changes to some self-adhering flashing standards, went over some testing results and made plans to continue an update to a Simulated Divided Lites document during the AAMA Annual Conference in February. They also addressed the work of the newly-named Sealants Maintenance Committee and discussed the industry-wide coordination of installation methods. These topics, among others, will be further discussed soon during the AAMA National Summer Conference...

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Documents Identified for Upcoming Review and Revision

During the Annual Conference held in Phoenix, AZ in February, WIC’s Document Management Committee issued marching orders for the next round of document updates. Several WIC-specific standards will undergo the review process soon, and are expected to have some changes made. Some of the documents that have been prioritized for review and the assigned committees or task groups include the AAMA 713, the AAMA 851, the AAMA 2400 and the FMA/AAMA/WDMA 100, 200 and 300 series. The dedicated groups for these documents will conduct the...

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Vinyl Material Council Debates Weathering, Hears Document Updates, More at Annual Conference

At the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ, the Vinyl Material Council reviewed some updates to standards and discussed an administrative change to InstallationMasters. They also heard an update from the Vinyl Institute and debated the merits of accelerated weathering and outdoor weathering. These topics and more will continue to be addressed at the next in-person event, AAMA’s Summer Conference in Newport, RI June 18-21.AAMA 1506 Update Project Seeks VotesThe updated AAMA 1506-04, Voluntary Test Method for Laboratory Heat Build-Up Effects on Fenestration Products,...

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Whether to Weather: Longer Term Exposure to Come?

The 303 Vinyl Profile Performance Standard Maintenance Task Group (chair: Jeff Franson [Quanex]) is circulating a second ballot for an update of AAMA 303-12, Voluntary Specification for Rigid Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Exterior Profiles. Even as this step unfolds, future considerations are already on the table for discussion.Revisit the laminates section of AAMA 303, once the new laminates document is complete.An update to AAMA 109, which describes vinyl profile certification, will be required once 303 is re-issued.Research into extending outdoor weathering tests for certification from the...

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Share Prime Window Warranty Information with Customers

The EPA and the Attachment Energy Rating Council (AERC) are working together to create an ENERGY STAR storm panel category. As this effort progresses, you will likely see an increased interest in after-market storm panel products. This is the third and final installment in a series of articles to support you in satisfying your prospective customers’ need for information, when deciding between replacement fenestration and storm window products.Based on some research and a review of several prime window warranties, windows with installed storm windows and...

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Observe Window Safety Year Round

As spring arrives, the National Safety Council’s Window Safety Task Force encourages everyone to recognize the importance of practicing window safety during Window Safety Week, being observed in 2017 from April 2-8. However, open windows any time of year can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised. While the number of falls from windows is generally very small compared with other recorded child injuries, a window incident can result in serious injury or possibly even death.

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AAMA Hosting Webinar on Window Safety to Promote Awareness During Window Safety Week

Falls from a window can result in serious injury or death, especially for children. In honor of Window Safety Week (April 2-8), the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will be presenting a webinar covering window safety tips and helpful resources. During the webinar on April 5, AAMA Marketing Manager Angela Dickson will share with participants what they can do to spread awareness about this important safety issue.The webinar will be held at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. Register now to save a spot for this complimentary event,...

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AAMA Releases New Standard Test Method of Static Loading and Impact on Exterior Shading Devices

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released a new document to provides a standard laboratory procedure for exterior shading devices and the project-specific evaluation of downward static ice and snow loads, and impacts on them from falling ice or snow. AAMA 514-16, the Standard Test Method of Static Loading and Impact on Exterior Shading Devices, uses sandbags to simulate downward loads from ice and snow to test shading devices.“Exterior sun shades are used to reduce solar heat gain and glare, and redirect natural daylight,”...

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Dean Lewis Has Retired from AAMA After 18 Years

A long-time staff member at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has retired. AAMA Technical Manager, Training and Education, Dean Lewis retired from the association as of the end of 2016.“AAMA membership and staff alike will miss the wealth of knowledge and history that Dean provided during his long tenure at AAMA,” said Rich Walker, AAMA President and CEO. “We’ll miss Dean the ‘answer man’ and his voice moderating the webinar series - two of Dean’s favorite responsibilities. Dean has been an integral part of...

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AAMA Ratifies 2017 Board, Welcomes New Chair Mike DeSoto, New Vice Chair Donnie Hunter

At the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 80th Annual Conference, the association’s membership ratified the 2017 Board of Directors. Mike DeSoto (MI Windows and Doors) is the new Chairman of the Board, and Donnie Hunter (Kawneer) took on the role of Vice Chairman. Carl Troiano (Trojan Powder Coatings) accepted Hunter’s previous Board position as an architectural representative.“As Chairman of the AAMA Board of Directors, I will focus on three key areas to better serve our members,” said DeSoto. “First, refining the national conference schedule to...

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Website Content Addresses Replacement Windows and Storm Windows

The EPA and the Attachment Energy Rating Council (AERC) are working together to create an ENERGY STAR® storm panel category. As this effort progresses, you will likely see an increased interest in after-market storm panel products. This is the second in a series of articles to support you in satisfying your prospective customers’ need for information, when deciding between replacement fenestration and storm window products. You can review the previous article here.Consider adding the following items to your website for easy access by potential customers:ArticlesTo...

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AAMA Releases New Selection and Application Guide for Plastic Glazed Skylights and Sloped Glazing

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released a new document to provide guidance and sound technical information on the various aspects and considerations that need to be considered when applying plastic-glazed skylights and sloped glazing as an enhancement to a building design. The document is intended to provide the architect, engineer, contractor and property owner with this information and knowledge in order to help them understand the value and effective application of these features, as well as the benefits of different plastic glazing materials.“Based...

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Sustainability Remains a Hot Topic at AAMA 80th Annual Conference; Speakers Discuss Role of Fenestration

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) heard from a number of speakers and presenters focused on green building topics and sustainability at the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ (February 12-15). Participants heard upcoming changes to California’s Proposition 65, as well as an overview of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), the importance of sustainable cities and the manufacturer’s role in reaching consumers.Prop 65 Regulations and AmendmentsJohn Nolan of the Gary Law Group spoke about California Prop 65 and the changes expected in 2018. Prop 65...

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Dr. Jim Doti Offers Economic Forecast, Housing Market Predictions at AAMA 80th Annual Conference

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) hosted Dr. Jim Doti, President Emeritus at Chapman University and Donald Bren Distinguished Chair of Business and Economics, at the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ (February 12-15). Doti provided an economic forecast and shared some predictions specific to the housing market.The A. Gary Anderson Center for Economic Research at Chapman University provides a top ranked forecast of real GDP in terms of accuracy, said Doti, adding that recently, due to the recent presidential election, statisticians "have gotten...

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Keynote Speaker Janine Driver Shares Secrets of Understanding Body Language at 80th Annual Conference

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) was pleased to host body language expert Janine Driver as the keynote speaker at the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ (February 12-15). Driver, praised as an expert by Anderson Cooper and featured on the TODAY show, gives instruction on understanding nonverbal communication. During the conference, she shared tips on how to read and use body language to develop and maintain good relationships with customers.“I'm here to prove to you that of everything you put on today, what...

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AAMA Recognizes Member Leadership during Milestone 80th Annual Conference

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at the 80th Annual Conference Awards Banquet held Monday night in Phoenix, AZ. Award presenters noted the importance of these member contributions as they serve to further the industry as a whole.Outstanding Member Award – Steve Strawn (JELD-WEN)Steve Strawn, Codes & Regulatory Manager for JELD-WEN (Portland, OR), was named Outstanding Member, as presented by the outgoing AAMA Board of Directors Chairman Georges Thiret (Graham Architectural Products).The Outstanding...

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Case Study: Municipality Brings Natural Light into New Ashburn, VA Firehouse

Located about 20 miles outside of Washington D.C. in Ashburn, Virginia, an old firehouse served a heavily populated geographical area. Next to this original 65-year-old, 13,000-square-foot station, the fire company built an entirely new, 35,000-squarefoot, two-story building. Around 5,000 square feet of the original building was retrofitted to house a social hall.

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Share Replacement Window Information with Consumers

The EPA and the Attachment Energy Rating Council (AERC) are working together to create an ENERGY STAR storm panel category. As this effort progresses, you will likely see an increased interest in after-market storm panel products. This is the first in a series of articles to support you in satisfying your prospective customers’ need for information, when deciding between replacement fenestration and storm window products.Use the following ideas to begin developing communications related to storm windows.What kind of customer will be looking to purchase storm...

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Case Study: After Fallen Tree Damages Cabin, New Fiberglass-Exterior Windows Withstand Elements

When a cabin suffered damage from a fallen tree along the Merced River Yosemite National Park area in California, the owners decided to rebuild it as a guest home for visiting friends and family. They identified their desired look as an English cottage style and brought in designer Jeanie Bartholomew to help with this vision. A civil engineer was also added to ensure the style could support the design.

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Case Study: Vinyl Windows at Mixed-Use Space Withstand Humidity, Maintain Visual Charm

City Place is a mixed-use development on a five acre site near the Brookhaven MARTA Station, outside metropolitan Atlanta. This Dekalb County development serves as the nucleus for the surrounding Brookhaven neighborhood, with pedestrian friendly sidewalks and a ground floor retail commercial focus.

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