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New from AAMA Education | Updated Courses and Platform Now Available for FenestrationMasters Version 2.0

An updated portion of one of AAMA’s flagship education programs is now available. FenestrationMasters® version 2.0 offers an update and re-design of the current coursework, first launched in 2012. Beginning today, FenestrationMasters 2.0 includes re-packaged course segments from Group 1, with Groups 2-3 scheduled to be available by the end of the month. Groups 4-6 will follow shortly in January and February. The first opportunity to sit for the online final 2.0 exam will be February 2020.New PlatformThe program’s new modernized platform allows for more...

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Case Study | UL Uses Creative Problem Solving to Fix Glass Breakage Issues in Chicago Curtain Wall

Glass breakage issues within a curtain wall presented problems on the campus of a Chicagoland area university. A construction consultant used lab testing to assess feasibility of a planned solution, saving the client time and money and helping to ensure pedestrian safety.The ChallengeA well-known university was experiencing glass breakage issues with a unique, relatively new curtain wall comprising the exterior of a building on its campus. The university wanted to ensure pedestrian safety by helping to keep the glass in place if breakage should occur....

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January 14 AAMA Webinar to Provide Update from Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host a webinar on January 14 offering an update on the Texas Department of Insurance’s (TDI) Windstorm Program requirements for fenestration products. Leading the webinar is Dr. Paul Bove, who gave a presentation on this topic during the AAMA Fall Conference earlier this month. Register now for this complimentary session, open to all interested parties.

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2020-2021 FGIA Events Sites, Dates Announced

The 2020-2021 calendar has been set for the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) conferences, the new home for the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) content. Registration for the inaugural FGIA Annual Conference to be held February 10-13, 2020, will open in mid-December.FGIA 2020 EventsFGIA Annual Conference: February 10-13 – Marriott Harbor Beach – Ft. Lauderdale, FL (followed by the Southeast Region Winter Meeting, to be held February 13-14 in the same locationFGIA Summer Conference: June 22-25 -...

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Florida Water Resistance Project Underway

In 2019, the Structural Technical Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the Florida Building Commission, formed the Fenestration Water Resistance Workgroup to evaluate the Florida Building Code requirements relating to design and testing of exterior envelope and fenestration in high-rise buildings. In the past year, the Workgroup has met several times, with some members advocating for radical changes to the way fenestration products are rated for water penetration resistance. They have stated that a building should be completely leak-free during hurricanes and tropical storms and that...

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Dr. Paul Bove Shares What Manufacturers Need to Know about Texas’ Windstorm Program

A representative from the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) spoke to those at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Fall Conference about the state’s voluntary windstorm program and what manufacturers need to know when operating in 14 Texas counties in a designated catastrophe area along the Gulf Coast. Dr. Paul Bove’s presentation was sponsored by AAMA’s Southeast Region, and a webinar version of his presentation will be given November 12.Bove provided an overview of the program as well as relevant building code requirements; requirements for...

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Glass Topics Take Center Stage at 2019 AAMA Fall Conference

Glass was a large focus among the topics addressed during the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Fall Conference, which incorporated speakers from the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA). During the summer, the memberships of AAMA and IGMA both voted to proceed with combining into one organization with a new name, Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA), beginning January 1, 2020. The IGMA speakers took center stage to inform those at the conference about the effect hurricanes have on insulating glass unit performance, as well as...

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Intertek Regional Sales Director Discusses Managing Risk During AAMA Fall Conference

In a session hosted by Intertek, participants of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2019 National Fall Conference in Austin, TX, learned techniques for managing risk. A focus was placed on effective pre-construction lab mock-ups (PMUs), as well as quality control field testing in a presentation by Intertek Regional Sales Director, Jose Colon.Colon’s presentation reviewed the performance characteristics of a building's exterior walls that can be gained through the testing process.“Understanding these concepts allows for a better management of risk by verifying the designs and...

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Builder Matt Risinger Brings New Perspective on Window and Door Design and Installation at AAMA Fall Conference

Local builder and YouTube personality Matt Risinger spoke about the future of window and door design and installation at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Fall Conference. Risinger has been a builder for nearly 25 years and his presentation was entitled, "The Future of Window and Door Design and Installation - A Builder’s Perspective."“You probably don't often have builders speak with you, and it's an honor,” he said. “What I was building in 1995 is pretty darn similar to what I am building today, with some...

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Safety Trainer Richard Hawk Offers Five Ways to Energize On-Site Safety Trainings

As the keynote speaker at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Fall Conference, safety expert Richard Hawk presented “The Future of Safety in Manufacturing Plants: A Hawk-Eye View of What’s on the Safety and Health Horizon.” Hawk, who has more than 35 years of experience in the health and safety field, offered tips for how to energize on-site safety trainings at manufacturing plants and facilities.“Predicting the future is tricky because we don't know what crazy changes are going to happen in the world,” said Hawk....

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