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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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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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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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