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Industry Watch Columns

Although the term “disruption” sounds vaguely apocalyptic—conjuring asteroid impacts, nuclear war or some folks’ vision of climate change—in business, it refers to innovation that creates a new business model and market that eventually disrupts an existing one, displacing established market-leading firms, products and alliances.

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AAMA Code Representative Julie Ruth Awarded International Code Committee Honorary Member Status

Julie Ruth, American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Code Representative, was awarded International Code Committee (ICC) Honorary Member status at the ICC Annual Conference and Expo held in Columbus, OH, earlier this month.This past spring, the ICC Board of Directors requested nominations for 2017 Honorary Members. An Honorary Member is considered to be a person who has been of outstanding service to the ICC. On behalf of AAMA, Diana Hanson, AAMA Codes & Regulatory Affairs Manager, submitted a nomination form for Ruth. A second nomination for...

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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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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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The Future of Window Technology

At once educational and inspirational, Stephen Selkowitz’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LNBL) looks at the next 25 years of window technology development, and the construction environment in which they will be employed, covered building energy use and evolving strategies for renewables, technology innovations for net zero energy buildings and the steps to achieve optimum performance and participation in this game-changing trend.To set the stage, Selkowitz showed in detail how measures, such as LED lighting, and decentralized renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, are...

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Handling Construction Defects

Pete Fowler, head of Pete Fowler Construction Services, Inc. (PFCS), provided an overview of his company’s process for making strategic decisions about the handling of construction defect (CD) claims, focusing on a return-on-investment viewpoint and on recent developments in CD litigation since PFCS was formed in 2011.In essence, windows and water leakage are still a major target for CD claims. They are being installed in exposures they are not designed to handle, and there is a lack of focus on protecting windows in harsh climates....

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Evolution of NFRC’s Component Modeling Approach Programs

In an NFRC-related presentation, Joe Hayden (Pella) focused on the Component Modeling Approach (CMA) Program and its methodology for rating the thermal performance of commercial products.The CMA program has experienced minimal market penetration to date, representing only 0.14 percent of eligible commercial buildings. Reasons for this low performance include the complexity of the commercial market, the lack of code enforcement, confusion over code requirements, preference for low bids, importance of aesthetics and low confidence due to reported inconsistent results among users.As a result, a collaboration...

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Western Region’s Latest on Energy Codes

Ken Nittler, P.E., of NFRC-approved simulation laboratory WESTLab, surveyed energy code development. Primary national model codes are the IECC for residential construction and the IECC and ASHRAE 90.1 for non-residential construction. The most recent (2015) version of the IECC contains separate, stand-alone residential and commercial energy codes. The 2015 IRC actually duplicates the IECC residential code in its Chapter 11.As of 2014, ASHRAE 90.1-2013 has been approved by DOE as an alternative compliance option for high-rise residential and non-residential. Jurisdictions typically adopt model codes, occasionally...

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