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AMC Reviews Goals, Considers Color Space, More at Fall Conference

The Aluminum Material Council reviewed some future goals during the 2017 AAMA National Fall Conference, going over both short-term objectives, such as receiving regular reports from related organizations, as well as more long-term ones, including monitoring aluminum-specific energy code requirements with the Code Action Committee. The committee also discussed the falling sand abrasion test, salt spray tests, social media efforts and more. Work toward these goals and other aluminum-focused matters will be continued via conference calls leading up to the 2018 AAMA Annual Conference in...

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GMC Discusses Edge Scalloping, Updating Acoustical Standards, More During Fall Conference

During the 2017 AAMA National Fall Conference, the Glass Material Council heard about bids for a test fixture to measure edge scalloping, updates about a joint AAMA/IGMA web page and discussion of plans to update acoustical standards. Work on these matters and others will continue via conference calls and during the 2018 AAMA Annual Conference (February 19-22) in Orlando, FL.Edge Scalloping Test Fixture Being Bid OutTwo bids have been received by the joint AAMA/IGMA Edge Pressure Task Group (Chair: Paul Bush [Vitro Architectural Glass]) for...

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Reconciliation of AAMA and WDMA Coatings Requirements Nearing Completion

A Comparison Matrix intended to resolve the differences and consolidate the redundancies between 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, has been under development by the WCCMC Finishes Committee (Chair: Jack Reed [Arkema]).The ballot of the Matrix conducted this spring yielded several substantive comments. These were clarified as needed by the committee and staff by follow-up...

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FMC and AMC to Team Up with Task Group For Meeting Finishes Standards Compliance Guidelines

At the 2017 Summer Conference in Newport, RI, the Fiberglass Material Council heard updates about revisions made to a profiles specification as well as 2017 versions of the popular fiberglass finishes standards suite. Additionally, the material council will be teaming up with the Aluminum Material Council to work toward creating a compliance guidance document pertaining to a different series of finishes standards. Work on these matters and more will continue this October at the Fall Conference in Greenville, SC.Updated Profiles Spec Now Under Product Group...

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VMC Discusses Regulatory Reform, Weathering, More at Summer Conference

The Vinyl Material Council went over several topics at the AAMA National Summer Conference, including some education initiatives, regulatory reform developments and several document updates. Work on these matters and others will continue this October at the AAMA National Fall Conference in Greenville, SC.Educational DevelopmentsThe VMC Marketing Committee and the VMC Education Task Group (Chair: Mark DePaul [ENERGI Fenestration Solutions]) revised the status of various educational initiatives.The Vinyl Windows: Designed for Performance course was reapproved for AIA accreditation.A new white paper was reported as needing...

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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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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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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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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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Case Study: Seattle's Bullitt Center Earns Top Green Certification

The six-story, 52,000-square-foot, Class A office building's unusually tall 14-foot floor-to-floor heights are matched with equally impressive floor-to-ceiling operable window systems.

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Case Study: Commercial Vinyl Used in Southern Florida's CWS Esmeralda Bay Project

According to John Cwik, owner and CEO of Custom Window Systems, Quanex provided engineered materials and coatings that could remove previous concerns the building products industry had about vinyl.

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Case Study: Trojan Powder Coating Brings Sustainable Design to South Mountain Reservation

Projects that instill and support community values are few and far between, so when Trojan Powder Coating was presented an opportunity to contribute to New Jersey's initiative to restore its iconic South Mountain Reservation, they seized it.

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