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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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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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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.

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WCCMC Gets Progress Report on Work Comparing Finishes Standards

During the AAMA Fall Conference in Savannah, Wood & Cellulosic Composite Material Council reviewed the work being done in comparing AAMA 653 and WDMA TM-12, in an effort to simplify and align the requirements for WCCMC finishes materials.

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Skylight Council Hears Updates on New and Updated Documents, 2018 Code Changes, More

At the AAMA Fall Conference in Savannah, those involved in the Skylight Council heard from various committees on matters like a revised skylight selection and design guide, some upcoming 2018 code changes, a new document on plastic glazing and more. Work on these matters and more will continue in mid-February at the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in Phoenix.

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AAMA Releases Updated Report on Structural Performance of Composite Thermal Barrier Systems

AAMA recently released an updated technical information report addressing the most commonly used composite thermal barrier systems. The 72-page AAMA TIR-A8-16, Structural Performance of Composite Thermal Barrier Framing Systems, was last updated in 2008 and now includes several new figures and instructions specific to testing dual cavities. Updated software and a user guide are forthcoming to aid users in understanding information contained in this report.

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Speakers, Workshops to Focus on Communication, Industry Needs at Milestone AAMA 80 Annual Conference

The speakers at AAMA's 80th Annual Conference in February in Phoenix, will address general business topics, such as communication, as well as industry-specific ones, such as Building Information Modeling and Environmental Product Declarations. Registration for this conference, giving access to all speakers and several industry workshops, is now open. Early bird registration continues until January 26, so reserve a space now.

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Window Safety, Finishes Trilogy Discussed by Fiberglass Material Council

At the AAMA Fall Conference, the FMC Marketing Committee reviewed the plans of the Window Safety Task Force initiative and heard an update on the popular FMC finishes trilogy of documents. Document work will continue at the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in Phoenix in February.

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Door Documents Continue Progress

Work on five existing or future door-related AAMA documents was reviewed or planned at the AAMA Fall Conference, and will be addressed this February at the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in Phoenix. Documents cover topics like water penetration, multi-panel door testing for certification and more. Get involved with Door Council at the Annual Conference to make your company's voice heard.

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Top Five Articles (And Most Popular Blog Posts) of 2016

Now that 2016 has come to a close, here's a look at the top five stories that grabbed the industry's attention on the AAMA website. We've also rounded up the most popular posts from each of the AAMA blogs.

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Milestone AAMA 80th Annual Conference Registration Opens, Event Re-Structured; 2017-18 Events Set

AAMA has opened registration for the AAMA 80th Annual Conference, to be held February 12-15, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort. This is the first-ever conference AAMA is hosting with the association's new conference restructuring plans put in place and will also feature the annual awards banquet during this milestone year. A special rate is guaranteed through January 26, and attendees are encouraged to book before this date.

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New InstallationMasters Courses | Commit to Installer Training, Get Instructor Training Free

Due to the inherent differences in installation practices for new construction versus remodeling, AAMA is expanding the InstallationMasters professional certification program to include information from consensus installation practices not previously covered by the program and is enhancing the coverage of content previously included. In response to industry input, AAMA is also re-organizing course content into focused segments to better address market needs.

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AAMA Releases Updated Document for Impact-Resistant Windows, Doors and Skylights

AAMA recently released an updated document using ASTM test methods to qualify windows, doors and skylights as "impact resistant." The AAMA 506-16, Voluntary Specifications for Impact and Cycle Testing of Fenestration Products, was last updated in 2011.

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AAMA to Improve AAMA e-News Structure, Appearance

With a new year approaching, AAMA will be implementing improvements to the AAMA e-News format. The AAMA website will soon show the results of a vast redesign, and along with it there will be a new layout to our content-rich monthly newsletter, beginning in 2017. The revamped newsletter design will include a cleaner appearance, new rotating section headers and the opportunity for member companies to purchase sponsorships.

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Standard Enabled Window Specification Exists without Prescriptive Material-Related Criteria

In AAMA 101V-86, the performance requirements, minimum test sizes, etc., were established as identical to those required of aluminum products – which established the foundation for today's performance-oriented, material-neutral rationale for AAMA standards. 101V-86 material specifications for vinyl (PVC) frames and sash and a corner weld test were included to determine the adequacy of welded vinyl sash corners.

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Call to Action: SDL Adhesive Spec Needs Update

Simulated Divided Lites (SDL) bars (a.k.a., muntin bars), attached to the surface of the glazing, give a classic, divided lite look without the cost and energy performance degradation that can occur with true divided lites. Double-sided muntin tape employing a high-performance adhesive system is used to permanently adhere the external muntin bars – made of a variety of materials – to the glass.

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30-Year Vinyl Landmark Arrives, Council Work Thrives

This year is the 30-year anniversary of vinyl being incorporated into AAMA window standards, and the first instance of AAMA's evolution to multiple materials from an aluminum-only organization. In retrospect, this was a key development for the industry. As the council enters its fourth decade, work on vinyl standards and other material-focused matters continues.

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WIC Goes Over Plans for Task Group Work, Conference Restructuring, at Fall Conference

The Wall Interface Council discussed the ongoing work of several task groups and committees at the Fall Conference in Savannah, GA. WIC members also reviewed how future council meetings will look beginning this winter, when the AAMA conference restructuring plans are put into action. Attend the AAMA Annual Conference in February to participate.

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AMC Hears About Joint Efforts, New Conversion Coating Technology at Fall Conference

The Aluminum Material Council hear from the AMC Finishes Committee in collaboration with the Pre-Treatment and Corrosive Environment Task Groups during the AAMA Fall Conference, and those participating also heard the pros and cons of new conversion coating technology. Those interested in these topics and more can get involved during the next AAMA Conference in February.

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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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Public Comments on ICC Group B Codes Discussed

At the AAMA Fall Conference, the AAMA Skylight/Sloped Glazing Codes and Regulatory Affairs Committee received an update on skylight-related code activity, specifically with regards to the ICC Group B Code Development Cycle.

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SSGC Dives into Working on Safety Initiative, More

At the AAMA Fall Conference held in Savannah, GA in September, the Skylight/Sloped Glazing Council heard from several task groups with project updates on matters like updates to the committee’s Skylight Selection and Design Guide, a fall protection campaign and code developments. Work will continue at the AAMA Annual Conference in February to be held in Phoenix, AZ.

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Finishes Committee Works Toward Consolidating AAMA/WDMA Standards, Discusses Certification

At the AAMA Fall Conference, the Wood and Cellulosic Composite Material Council discussed the current work of the WCCMC Finishes Committee, newsletter topics and an AAMA opportunity regarding ASTM. Work on these matters will continue in 2017 at the AAMA Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ this February.

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FMC Reviews Finishes Trilogy Update, AAMA 305, Others at Summer Conference

At the AAMA Summer Conference, the Fiberglass Material Council heard updates on documents including the AAMA 305 and the AAMA Finishes Trilogy. The Color Space (Hunter/CIELAB) Task Group also shared information on their plans to align color guidelines. Further work will be conducted in September at the AAMA Fall Conference in Savannah, GA.

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Door Council Makes Plans for Door Standards Upgrade, Code Developments, More

Updates were heard from the AAAMA 930-03 Review Task Group, the Multi-Panel Door Testing for Certification Task Group and others at the AAMA Summer Conference in June. Plans for an upgrade to the AAMA 920 were also made. Additional work from Door Council will commence soon at the AAMA Fall Conference September 5-28.

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AAMA 800 Update Simplifies Access

The recently released 2016 edition of the AAMA 800 Voluntary Specifications and Test Methods for Sealants, like previous editions, covers sealants used in both factory assembly and job-site installation of fenestration products. The latest version, however, has been reorganized to facilitate use by both sealant manufacturers and fenestration fabricators, as well as ease the task of future updates.

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VMC Reviews Documents, Vinyl Education and Marketing Plans

At the AAMA Summer Conference, reports were given for several committees and task groups within the Vinyl Material Council, including an update on AAMA 303, VMC Finishes, vinyl education and marketing and more. Watch for updates on these and more at the upcoming AAMA Fall Conference, September 25-28, in Savannah, GA.

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AMC Discusses Coating Performance Tests, Energy White Paper, More at Summer Conference

The Aluminum Material Council discussed tests and documents as well as an upcoming white paper about energy at the AAMA Summer Conference. Here is a recap of what happened in San Antonio.

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Task Group Discusses Effects of Edge Pressure, IGMA Gives PCR Documents Update at Conference

The Glass Material Council heard from several task groups and committees during the AAMA Summer Conference. Updates were given about a task group on the effects of edge pressure and about the workings of IGMA. Resources for solar reflectance were also offered.

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Wood & Cellulosic Composite Council Focuses on Coatings and Finishes

At the 2016 AAMA Annual Conference in February, the Wood and Cellulosic Composite Materials Committee met to go over documents pertaining to WCCMC, as well as to give reports on standing committees. They will meet again during the AAMA Summer Conference June 12-15 in San Antonio, TX.

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Skylight/Sloped Glazing Council Focuses on Modernization

The Skylight/Sloped Glazing Document Management Committee (Chair: Roger LeBrun [VELUX]) is coordinating the work of several task groups aimed at modernizing and improving the utility of its many reference documents.

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Fiberglass Material Council - Activities Summary

During the AAMA Annual Conference, the Fiberglass Material Council and several of the groups reporting to it met to further advancements with regards to third-party lamination, finishes and more.

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Door Council to Address Testing and Certification for Multi-Panel Doors

In other issues visited by the Door Council, the Multi-Panel Door Testing for Certification Task Group is tasked to review testing and certification of multi-panel door systems not currently covered under NAFS (e.g., bi-fold, multi-slide, lift-and-slide, etc.).The group will start its review with multi-panel sliding door systems, then proceed to multi-panel folding and lift-and-slide doors.

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Water Testing Featured in Door Standards Facelift

Three AAMA standards cover the function of a fully assembled door. While not hardware standards per se, they are intended to establish the hardware's durability through loads and cycle testing. As is continually the case, efforts proceed to update the standards to reflect advances and revisions to codes, test methods and underlying technology. All three are in various stages of review, although AAMA 930 is the focus of the most activity.

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