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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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LEED Credit Pathways Widen for Forest Products

In April 2016, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Alternative Compliance Path (ACP) that greatly expands and encourages the recognition and use of legal, responsibly sourced, and certified forest products all along the green building supply chain, thereby contributing to LEED credits. MRpc102 Legal Wood is the new ACP for forest products to achieve points in the Materials and Resources credit.

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Case Study: Sweetwater Spectrum Community Enjoys Natural Light, Fresh Air

Created in 2009, Sweetwater Spectrum is a not-for-profit with a mission to provide adults with autism innovative, community-based, long-term housing that challenges each individual to reach his or her highest potential. With help from Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, the Sweetwater Spectrum Community was built in Sonoma, CA.

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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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Case Study: Holy Trinity Elementary School Windows and Doors Offer Safety and Convenience

Holy Trinity Elementary in North Vancouver, B.C., Canada was designed with both beauty and functionality in mind. When selecting windows for this project, the option to have windows tilt for ventilation and swing open inward for egress and ease of cleaning met the project's requirements of safety and versatility.

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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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Case Study: Peabody Hotel Undergoes Noise-Reducing Renovation Thanks to Aluminum

The Peabody Hotel has been the center of the Memphis business and social scene since opening in 1869. After moving to its current location in 1925, the grand hotel withstood wars and economic crises to become a cornerstone of downtown revitalization after a 1981 renovation. Through it all, traditions such as the March of the Peabody Ducks have continued to draw travelers from around the world.

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Case Study: New PNC Bank Tower One of World's Greenest

A 33-story skyscraper made of nearly one million square feet of glass opened October 1 in Pittsburgh and is designed to be one of the world's greenest office buildings. It's also unusual as a high rise tower with a powder coated finish.<br><small><i>Photo credit: Tom Cwenar</i></small>

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Case Study: New Vinyl Windows Reduce Energy and Improve Aesthetics of Pennsylvania Office Building

Window replacement can be a significant expense, but it can also provide an opportunity for dramatic energy savings. Westover Companies, owner of more than 10,000 apartments and nearly 1,000,000 square feet of commercial office space in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania, recently experienced these benefits first-hand by installing 514 replacement windows in its office building located at 475 Allendale Road in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

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Case Study: Vinyl Windows Help Historical Site Improve Energy Efficiency While Preserving Character

Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum is a Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation site, one also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1910, it is the largest memorial in the United States dedicated solely to honoring all branches of military veterans and service personnel.

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