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2018-2019 AAMA Event Dates, Locations Announced

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will be traveling to Orlando, FL, this February for the AAMA 81st Annual Conference, to be held February 19-22, 2018, at the Loews Portofino Bay at Universal Studios. While making travel arrangements, please note that this is the first conference AAMA is hosting with the association’s new Monday through Thursday conference schedule, instead of the previous Sunday through Wednesday timeframe.Registration will open December 20, along with separate registration for the AAMA Southeast Region Spring Meeting, which will immediately follow...

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AAMA Western Region Hosting Webinar on State of Window and Door Industry with Michael Collins, November 14

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host Michael Collins, Managing Director of Building Industry Advisors, LLC, as he leads a webinar about the current state of the window and door industry from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, November 14. This complimentary presentation is open to the public, and registration is now open.Collins will discuss the macroeconomic environment and pending legislation in the Trump administration, specifically EPA and DOE, as they pertain to the building products industry. An overview of the window...

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Keynote Speaker Brian Fielkow Speaks on Driving to Perfection, Leading People Safely at AAMA Fall Conference

A keynote speaker delivered 12 principles for “driving to perfection” when it comes to company culture, as well as the best ways to lead people safely in the workplace, during the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2017 National Fall Conference in Greenville, SC. Business leader and author, Brian Fielkow, laid out six principles Monday afternoon during his initial keynote address and then discussed his remaining six principles the following day. After each address, he led a discussion group to address questions related to his earlier...

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Dan Lavrich Dispels Myths, Presents Reality Pertaining to Wind, Water Damage at AAMA Fall Conference

The timely topic of wind and water-related codes was addressed at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2017 National Fall Conference. Dan Lavrich, P.E. and owner of Lavrich & Associates Consulting Engineers in Florida, presented "Wind, Water, Codes, Coverage: Myths & Realities." Lavrich is active in building code development in Florida and is currently performing inspections in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which hit Florida last month just after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, TX.Lavrich’s presentation covered his experience with how wind and water damage happens,...

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AAMA and World Vision Fill 500 Backpacks with Supplies for In-Need Children

During the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2017 National Fall Conference, volunteers filled backpacks with school supplies to benefit children at a local Title I elementary school in Greenville, SC. A total of 500 backpacks were filled and distributed during the event.After writing and including notes of encouragement for the current academic year, volunteers visited the school in person to distribute the backpacks. Hollis Academy is a Title I school that serves approximately 689 elementary students, according to Ken Arnold, Director of Attendance/ Social Work...

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Meryl Williams Highlights Merits of Social Media Platform LinkedIn During AAMA Fall Conference

LinkedIn, the online professional networking tool, was a topic of two workshops at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2017 National Fall Conference. AAMA Communications Coordinator, Meryl Williams, led a discussion about the social media platform called, “7 Actions You Can Take Today to Improve and Protect Your LinkedIn Profile.”“Even if you’re not currently job-hunting, you should care about the state of your current LinkedIn profile,” said Williams. “It’s always good to see what’s happening in your industry, how companies and roles are changing and...

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Workshops to Cover Business Prowess, Hurricane Recovery, LinkedIn at Fall Conference

AAMA conferences have always been a crucial way for the industry to get a temperature check on what’s relevant in the field. The upcoming Fall Conference in Greenville, SC, (October 15-18) is no exception and will feature a series of roundtable discussions, seminars and workshops geared toward professional development and industry knowledge.In addition to presenting two addresses, keynote speaker Brian Fielkow will host two roundtable discussions on related matters. His first address, “’Driving to Perfection’ - Strong on the Inside, Unbreakable on the Outside,” will...

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Contribute Backpack School Supplies, Attend Supplier Product Display at Fall Conference

There are several events happening only at the AAMA 2017 National Fall Conference (October 15-18), including the chance to better prepare children in Greenville, SC, for the new school year and an opportunity to showcase products at the AAMA Supplier Product Display.Spouses will be rolling up their sleeves again this fall to fill backpacks with school supplies that equip under-privileged children with essential tools. Sponsors for this annual event are still needed, as AAMA has a goal of filling and distributing 500 backpacks at a...

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Architects Invited to Attend Fenestration Product Display

On October 17, architects from the Greenville area are invited to attend a complimentary fenestration product display from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., as part of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) National Fall Conference. Registered guests can visit fenestration product suppliers during the display to be held at the Hyatt Regency Greenville in the Gallery Room A on the second floor, while enjoying complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails in a casual setting.Architects and others invested in the industry will also have the opportunity to network...

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AAMA Webinar to Cover Energy Code Requirements in Canada September 19

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is hosting a webinar that will cover the Canadian Energy Codes and Energy Acts. On September 19, Jeff Baker, President of WESTLab Canada and Technical Consultant for Fenestration Canada, will review a new proposal from Natural Resources Canada to transform the residential window market in Canada. The webinar is open to all in the industry.The current and recently announced updates to provincial codes in Canada are aggressive for fenestration products, but they are mild compared to the long-term changes...

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Early Bird Registration for AAMA Fall Conference Available Through September 23

Registration for the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2017 Fall Conference in Greenville, NC, is now open, and AAMA members can register online. Early bird rates are available until Saturday, September 23, and the conference takes place October 15-18 at the Hyatt Regency Greenville.At the Fall Conference, participants will hear twice from keynote speaker Brian Fielkow, president of Jetco Delivery, a logistics company specializing in regional trucking, heavy haul and national freight. On Monday, he will give a presentation called, “Driving to Perfection: Strong on...

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Opening Thoughts from the Southeast Region Board of Directors

The AAMA Southeast Region 2017 Spring Meeting, held April 25-26, at Orlando, FL, received valuable information on regional code adoptions, resilient home standards, field testing accreditation, windstorm insurance solutions, workplace safety, innovate hurricane protection and energy efficiency financing, coordinating building envelope details and the state of the economy.Read on for information on the following:Southeast Region Working to Keep Pace with Model CodesFortified Home Program Defines Levels of ResiliencyField Testing Agency Accreditation Program LaunchFlorida Building Code and Approval Process UpdateFraud Raises Florida Windstorm Insurance RatesIntroducing the...

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Industry Basking in Improved Outlook

The long-heralded recovery of the window and door industry appears to have arrived, according to fenestration industry economics expert, Mike Collins of Building Industry Advisors, who identified the various positive and negative forces influencing the trajectory of industry fortunes.Collins listed positive macroeconomic factors as strongly improved employment statistics (an unemployment rate some 60 percent lower than five years ago) and a stabilized labor participation rate that has reached the same level (63 percent) as it was prior to the 2008 downturn. The 2017 GDP is...

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Fenestration Interfaces: The Devil is in the Detailing

At the Southeast Region Spring Meeting, Kevin Longest and Karen Zimnicki of Wiss, Janney, Elsner (WJE) reviewed common sources of bulk rainwater penetration at and around fenestration components in building enclosures and discussed the responsibility of the architect to understand and mitigate these risks. They reviewed case studies illustrating poor interface detailing, project document discrepancies and the consequences of shifting design responsibility “downstream.” Finally, they considered the potential of Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) to address these concerns.Uncontrolled rainwater penetration, condensation and moisture-related deterioration are the...

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PACE Offers Innovative Financing for Home Improvements

Measures to improve a home’s resistance to storm damage and/or enhance energy efficiency are often deterred by formidable upfront costs. The Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program seeks to remedy that situation by offering an innovative mechanism for financing windstorm damage protection and energy efficiency improvements on private property. Local governments, state governments or other inter-jurisdictional authorities, when authorized by state law, fund the up-front costs of improvements on commercial and residential properties.Property owners who voluntarily choose to participate in a PACE program repay their improvement...

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Introducing the Safety Playbook

Continuing to delve into the latest trends and techniques in workplace safety, the Southeast Region featured Sara Wallon, EHS Director for PGT Custom Windows + Doors of Venice, FL, who discussed approaches to developing a comprehensive company “Safety Playbook.”Wallon reviewed the characteristics of a safety culture that leads some organizations to become top performers. She challenged attendees to aspire to become visionaries instead of just compliers. The former she defined as those who “actively seek and learn more about safety methods and thinking” and are...

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Fraud Raises Florida Windstorm Insurance Rates

Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens) was created by the Florida Legislature in August 2002 as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, government entity to serve as the insurer of last resort, providing windstorm damage protection to home, business and condominium owners who are entitled to but are unable to find property insurance coverage in the private market. Coverage is funded by policyholder premiums. If the company’s surplus is depleted in the wake of a particularly devastating storm or series of storms, Florida law requires Citizens to levy assessments...

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Florida Building Code and Approval Process Update

The numerous compliance paths and varying requirements of Florida’s Building Product Approval (PA) system are subject to revision at every triennial code update cycle. These are implemented by the state’s Technical and Product Approval Team under auspices of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). Mo Madani, CBO, Technical Director for the PA operations, gave an in-depth update on the current state of the program.There are two paths for product approval: the state path and the local path.The state path covers approval of...

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Fortified Home Program Defines Levels of Resiliency

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has created the FORTIFIED Home™ program to help homeowners strengthen their homes against hurricanes, high winds, hail and severe thunderstorms.Remington Brown, PE, Senior Engineering Director for IBHS, explained that a FORTIFIED Home adheres to a set of engineering and building standards —developed using more than 20 years of storm damage investigations at the IBHS Research Center under the Component Materials Evaluation Testing (COMET) program. Dubbed the “National Standard for Resilient Construction,” the standards are designed to...

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Southeast Region Working to Keep Pace with Model Codes

Southeast Region code consultant, Dick Wilhelm, kicked off the code update segment of the AAMA Southeast Region Spring Meeting by pinpointing where the bulk of the building activity was underway. Just over three-quarters of the building permits issued across the 10-state region in 2016 were attributable to four states: Texas (34 percent), Florida (24 percent), Georgia (11 percent) and Tennessee (8 percent).The code status in the region as related to adoption of the requisite I-codes, is summarized as follows in order of the most active...

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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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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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