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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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IG Fabricator Workshop Gives Next Generation's Students Hands-On Experience in Field

One of the major areas of focus for the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) is education. To this end, IGMA has developed a new education program called the IG Fabricator Workshop, a combination of online, classroom and "hands-on" learning. The workshop will always be held at an approved test facility location so that participants can conduct tests with equipment only available at these facilities.

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Coalition Looks to Establish Code Defense for Plastic Glazing

There is an ongoing interest among plastic transparent sheet manufacturers and system integrators supplying the architectural market to improve their advocacy position and influence codes regarding the use of their products, primarily in skylights.

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