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CEC Promotes “Skinny” Triple Glazed Windows as Solution to Title 24’s Challenge

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is seeking to improve energy efficiency through alternate products, such as the Thin Triple window. During the AAMA Western Region Summit, Payam Bozorchami with the CEC discussed an important element of the 2019 California Energy Standard - the energy design rating (EDR) metric.EDR, the ratio of Time Dependent Valuation (TDV) energy used by a proposed home to the TDV of a 2006 IECC-compliant home, can be used to determine compliance with the California Energy Standard (Title 24). The resulting EDR...

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What to Expect “When Cal/OSHA Comes Calling”

At the AAMA Western Region 2019 Winter Summit, Sean Paisan, an attorney specializing in OSHA matters with labor and employment law firm Ogletree Deakins, discussed safety compliance in the state of California and offered tips on dealing with Cal/OSHA. Paisan offered advice for those who are met with an incident and suggested knowing one’s rights before anything ever occurs, if it does.First, per Paisan, a company must report any serious work-related injury, illness or death of an employee within eight hours. A serious injury is...

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Essentials of the “Buy Clean California” Act

The Buy Clean California Act (formerly Assembly Bill 262) was signed into law on October 15, 2017. John Jewell of thinkstep explained to AAMA Western Region Summit participants that the goal is to accelerate greenhouse gas reductions by incorporating product manufacturing emissions information into procurement decisions, in the form of a Global Warming Potential (GWP) rating. The maximum acceptable GWP, set at the industry average of facility-specific GWP emissions for a given material, is determined by consulting recognized databases of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). The...

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2019 California Energy Standards Continue Pursuit of ZNE

The new 2019 California Energy Standards, slated to take effect January 1, 2020, continues the state’s pursuit of its goal to achieve zero net energy (ZNE) by 2020 for residences and by 2030 for commercial buildings. Also known as Title 24 (Part 6), the standard defines ZNE as consuming only as much energy on an annual basis as can be generated on-site with a renewable energy system. To promote the renewable energy aspect, reported Joe Hayden (Pella) during the AAMA Western Region Summit, the 2019...

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Early Bird Registration Now Open for 2019 Joint AAMA, IGMA Summer Conferences

Registration is now open for the 2019 Joint American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) Summer Conferences, to be held June 17-20, 2019, in Victoria, BC. The early bird rate is guaranteed through May 17, and attendees are encouraged to register before this date. Because this is a combined AAMA and IGMA conference, only one registration fee per attendee is required. All registrations will be processed through AAMA.Keynote Speaker Dr. Patrick Moore, an ecologist and environmentalist, will deliver an address titled,...

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AAMA Western Region to Host Cal/OSHA Webinar, May 7

The AAMA Western Region is sponsoring a webinar this spring, delivering insights on balancing Cal/OSHA compliance with protecting your company. Sean Paisan, counsel for Ogletree Deakins, will lead this presentation, “When Cal/OSHA Comes Calling.” This May 7 webinar is open only to AAMA members and certification licensees. However, a tweet thread covering a similar presentation given at the AAMA Western Region 2019 Winter Summit in February can be found here. Search #AAMAWR on Twitter for additional coverage.What are your rights when a Cal/OSHA inspector comes...

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AAMA to Host Webinar on California’s Assembly Bill 262, 1827

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host a webinar discussing California’s Assembly Bill 262 and 1827, more commonly known as Buy Clean California. This legislation requires facility-specific Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for flat glass and other selected products. John Jewell, senior consultant at thinkstep, will lead this complimentary webinar taking place at 11:30 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, March 26. Register now for “California’s AB 262: Their Law Requiring EPDs.”California’s Department of General Services (DGS) is currently creating a methodology for interpreting the law, which...

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Economics Speaker John Manzella Breaks Down Labor, Skills, Workforce at AAMA Annual Conference

Economics speaker John Manzella spoke about the skilled labor shortage crisis in manufacturing and posed possible solutions for how to best address this industry issue. Manzella led an open session on the topic in addition to a closed executive session about international business and trade policy during the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Annual Conference (February 25-28).Manzella began by noting that the current American unemployment rate is only 4 percent.“This is fantastic,” he said. “But we have a dismal worker participation rate for both men...

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UL/CLEB Compares U.S., Canadian Differences in Evaluating Field Performance of Windows, Curtain Walls in Large Buildings

Robert Jutras (UL/CLEB) hosted a seminar on the differences between how Canada and the United States evaluate field performance of windows and curtain walls in large buildings during the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 82nd Annual Conference in Palm Springs (February 25-28). Jutras, who is Canadian, focused more on the Canadian codes and practices for the benefit of a mostly American audience at the conference.Jutras’s presentation compared building codes, including the 2018 International Builders Code (IBC) and the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBC),...

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AAMA Keynote Speaker Addresses Psychological Blind Spots, How to Avoid Them at Annual Conference

A former real estate leader turned white collar inmate delivered a keynote address at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Annual Conference (February 25-28). Kevin McCarthy, now a professional speaker who advises on how to avoid “blind spots” in making judgement calls, spoke to AAMA conference participants about the motivations behind choices and how to avoid poor decision making both at work and at home. He also hosted a roundtable discussion about understanding what makes different personality types “tick.”

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