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Case Study: Seattle Space Needle's Renovated Observation Decks Achieve High Thermal Performance with Technoform Spacers

Built in 1962 for the World's Fair, the Space Needle stands 605 feet above Seattle and welcomes more than 1.3 million guests from around the world each year. In June 2018, the historic landmark revealed its newly renovated observation decks and celebrated a milestone in its "Century Project," a multi-year, privately funded, $100 million effort to preserve and enhance the visitor experience for the next 50 years.In reimagining the building, Olson Kundig respected the Space Needle's conceptual innovation and enduring legacy as originally envisioned by...

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AAMA Updates Specification for Roller Assemblies for use in Sliding Doors, Lift and Slide Doors

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) updated a document for evaluating the performance and durability of rollers used in the operation of sliding doors and lift and slide doors. AAMA 906-18, Voluntary Specification for Sliding Door and Lift and Slide Roller Assemblies, was first released in 2005 and was last updated in 2015.“The 906 document was updated to reflect testing of large weight capacity rated sliding door rollers, which are now being used in our industry,” said Jan Huml (ASSA ABLOY), Chair of the AAMA...

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AAMA Updates Fenestration Products Laboratory Heat Build-Up Test Method

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) updated a document describing a standardized test to evaluate heat build-up effects due to infrared (IR) exposure on fenestration products. AAMA 1506-18, Voluntary Test Method for Laboratory Heat Build-Up Effects on Fenestration Products, intends to determine the effects of heat rise on fenestration product assemblies intended for vertical installation. This document was first released in 2004. This is its first update.Changes to this standard include aligning Section 7.3.2.1 to ASTM D4803 rather than G179, because D4803 is specifically for...

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AAMA Updates Requirements for Rigid Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Exterior Profiles

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) updated a document describing minimum requirements for various factors pertaining to rigid polyvinyl chloride (PVC) exterior profiles used in windows, doors and skylights. AAMA 303-18, Voluntary Specification for Rigid Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Exterior Profiles, was first released in 2000 and was last updated in 2012.This voluntary specification establishes the minimum requirements for dimensional stability, impact resistance, weatherability, heat resistance, weight tolerance, heat build-up and lead compound content of rigid PVC exterior profiles including:Ones used as frames, sash and all...

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AAMA Welcomes Two New Staff Members

AAMA is pleased to announce the hiring of two new staff members to the Technical Services department. Glenn Ferris has accepted the newly created position of Technical Standards Specialist and began his AAMA career on October 29. Additionally, Kelsey St. John has accepted the position of Technical Services Assistant.Ferris has more than 25 years of work experience predominantly related to doors and door hardware. He also has a great aptitude for reading and understanding technical standards and loves engaging with people and mediating discussions. “Glenn...

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Changes Made to Product Group Voting | Active and Inactive Statuses

On October 18, the AAMA Board of Directors approved a change within AAMA 120, Procedural Guide for Creation, Publication and Maintenance of American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Technical Documents that introduces the terms “active” and “inactive” for Product Group ballots. A member's Product Group voting status will be changed to “inactive” when the company does not vote for three consecutive Product Group ballots. The minimum number of required ballot responses will remain at 50.1 percent but will be calculated based on the number of ballots...

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Shintech Director of Technical Development Discusses Attributes of PVC Resins, Compounds at AAMA Fall Conference

Those attending the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2018 Fall Conference heard from Sylvia Moore, Director of Technical Development at Shintech, regarding PVC resins and compounds and their different attributes. She discussed the versatility of the material, as well as the importance of sustainability efforts pertaining to PVC.“This presentation is geared toward explaining the different attributes of PVC resins and how to evaluate resins coming into the plant,” said Moore. “It’s also about how the different attributes related to finished product quality and how different...

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Corporate Membership Renewal Begins in November: Check Your Email

The renewal process for AAMA Corporate members will begin the week of November 5. AAMA Corporate membership is available to businesses involved in the manufacturing, sale or service of fenestration products and related components and is renewed on an annual basis. All main contacts at member companies should watch for future email communication reminders from the Membership Department regarding the renewal process, as all renewals are due by January 1, 2019.Renewing your membership on time will ensure your company:Has uninterrupted access to our benefits package,...

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Sustainable Solutions Co-Founder Discusses Transparency, EPDs During AAMA Fall Conference

The co-founder of a firm specializing in corporate sustainability programs led those attending the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2018 Fall Conference in a discussion about why sustainability should matter to the fenestration industry. Tad Radzinski, PE, ISSP-CSP, LEED AP, SFP and co-founder of Sustainable Solutions, presented “Transparency Training: Utilizing LCAs and EPDs to Drive Sustainability,” which outlined what is driving transparency and why it is crucial for a successful enterprise.First off, Radzinski noted that customers, architects and young people are asking for sustainability more...

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Social Media Workshop Lays Out Differences Between Platforms During AAMA Fall Conference

A social media workshop about using different platforms provided ideas for effectively communicating a singular message to various audiences during a recent industry event. American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Communications Coordinator, Meryl Williams, led the session entitled “Getting Your Message Across on Multiple Platforms” at the AAMA 2018 Fall Conference in Tucson, AZ.First, Williams gave a short overview of the previous three social media workshops conducted at AAMA conferences about LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram, explaining that the current workshop was a culmination of those three...

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AAMA Fall Conference Keynote Speaker Meagan Johnson Draws Positives from Generational Differences

A “generational humorist” discussed how Baby Boomers and Millennials can better work together as the keynote address during the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2018 Fall Conference. Meagan Johnson, a Gen-Xer, said she has been speaking about how to work with the younger generation since 1998.Johnson’s intent is to help employees think differently and act decisively when dealing with multiple generations. Each generation has been influenced by the major historical events, social trends and cultural phenomena of their time, said Johnson. Consequently, each has different...

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Safety Roundtable Advocates for Letting OSHA into Plants as Safety Performance Partner

Those attending the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2018 Fall Conference were encouraged to think about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in a different light when it comes to implementing a culture of workplace safety. Mike DeSoto, MI Windows and Doors Chief Operating Officer, and Allison Mendibles, Regional Human Resources Manager/Safety Manager, shared their insights about one of their company’s plant locations in Prescott Valley, AZ, earned the prestigious Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) star last year.Per OSHA, the VPP recognizes employers and workers...

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

During the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2018 National Fall Conference, volunteers filled backpacks with school supplies to benefit children at a local Title I elementary school in Tucson, AZ. A total of 500 backpacks were filled and distributed during the event.This build was coordinated in partnership with World Vision, a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities to help them reach their full potential. World Vision does this by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice.“AAMA remains committed to...

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Networking in High Demand at AAMA Fall Conference October 15-18

Next month’s AAMA Fall Conference in Tucson, AZ won’t just be a setting for getting task group and committee work done and learning from a slate of expert speakers – it is also where industry leaders can connect on- and off-site. Several opportunities for networking will be offered all week, including the AAMA Supplier Product Display, the annual World Vision backpack build and some unique optional outings. Register now for the AAMA Fall Conference, taking place October 15-18.Supplier Product DisplayAAMA Category 1 members are encouraged...

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AAMA Releases Updated Side-Hinged Door Systems Specification for Determining Forced Entry Resistance

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released an updated document to describe a standard test method and performance criteria for side-hinged door systems in the locked position to resist entry under a specified load and conditions. AAMA 1304-18, the Voluntary Specification for Determining Forced Entry Resistance of Side-Hinged Door Systems, seeks to measure the ability of the operable slabs to deter opportunistic entry by unskilled intruders. This specification was first created in 2002, and this is its first update.“AAMA 1304 has long been used...

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AAMA to Host Webinar on Glazing System Performance During Hurricane Irma

During this already active hurricane season, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host a webinar about lessons learned from 2017’s Hurricane Irma, which primarily impacted Florida. AAMA will host Chris Matthews, Vice President and Senior Consultant of GCI Consultants, as he speaks about glazing system performance during Hurricane Irma. Observations from hundreds of inspections conducted from the Northeast to the Southeast to the Southwest of Florida will be shared. Register now for “Hurricane Irma | Lessons Learned,” taking place at 11:30 a.m. Eastern on...

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Window & Door Magazine | Industry Watch Columns

It appears that the future of windows and doors will involve the confluence of technologies that previously have had little to do with fenestration products. Some examples of improved fenestration functionality being conceptually introduced around the industry involve automatic operation of fenestration products, as well as integrated security, locking and alarm systems. There are also plans for electrochromic, thermochromic and photochromic glazing controls, as well as automated shading systems for dynamic control of solar gain and daylighting, and for Zero Net Energy buildings with power sources (such as photovoltaics) and associated control systems integrated into windows. And, even the integration of devices that detect and monitor the status of the window itself as well as environmental conditions and the status of other building systems is a concept on the drawing board.

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AAMA and IGMA Release Consumer Resource for Understanding Glass Standards

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) jointly released a series of web pages providing a general overview of the standards, specifications and test methods used in the window, door and skylight industry related to glass and glazing systems. A Consumer’s Guide to Understanding Glass Standards Used in Windows, Doors and Skylights is now available as a complimentary resource on both AAMA and IGMA’s websites for the industry to share with consumers.“These web pages were a collaborative effort, and...

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Door and Window Market Magazine | AAMA Analysis Columns

AAMA sometimes receives inquiries as to what are the “best” windows to use. I was told by a former co-worker before I joined AAMA that the “best” window is the one that your spouse likes. In reality, the answer is a bit more involved.

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AAMA Fall Conference Registration Now Open, Keynote Speaker Meagan Johnson to Examine Generational Differences

Registration for the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2018 Fall Conference is now open, with early bird pricing continuing through September 21. The keynote speaker for the event, generational humorist Meagan Johnson, will ask those attending to think differently and act decisively when working with multiple generations in the workplace. Register now for this industry event.“All generations have been influenced by the major historical events, social trends and cultural phenomena of their time,” said Johnson. “Consequently, each generation has come away with different values, standards...

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Steven Saffell Joins AAMA Staff as Technical Director

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Steven Saffell as Technical Director effective August 13. Saffell’s background is a tapestry of architectural firm work, modular home design, as well as manufactured housing and residential and commercial fenestration experience. Saffell also spent three years teaching as an adjunct professor.“I’m thrilled to accept this new role with an association that has been such an integral part of my work,” said Saffell. “I look forward to joining the staff I’ve already enjoyed...

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AAMA Marketing to Host Instagram Webinar August 14

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host a webinar about using Instagram to bolster a company’s brand and best practices for doing so. This complimentary 45-minute webinar is open to the public and serves as an opportunity to participate, for those who were unable to attend the workshops on the topic at the recent AAMA Summer Conference. Register now for “A Marketing Guide to Instagram | Visually Showcasing Your Brand,” taking place at 11:30 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, August 14.AAMA Communications Coordinator, Meryl Williams,...

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AAMA Releases New Design Guide for Structural Silicone Glazing

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released a new document to describe proper guidelines and glazing procedures for structural glazing. AAMA SSGDG-1-17, the Structural Silicone Glazing (SSG) Design Guidelines, reviews a glazing that offers a unique appearance and simplicity of construction that often cannot be achieved any other way.Prior AAMA publications included TSGG-04, two-sided structural glazing for skylights, and CW-13-85, a structural glazing design guide. However, it was decided to combine them into a single guiding document regarding structural glazing, for both vertical and...

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August 7 AAMA Webinar to Review Changes to Prop 65 Labeling

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will hold a webinar led by attorney John Nolan of the Gary Law Group about the upcoming changes to labeling requirements dictated by California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, more commonly known as Prop 65. The complimentary, public webinar will begin August 7, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern and is sponsored by AAMA’s Western Region. Register now to reserve a spot.“These requirements may have a direct impact on businesses,” said Mark Wolonsky (H.B. Fuller), President of...

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Canadian Energy Codes Status

Jeff Baker (Fenestration Canada) presented an update on the status of Canadian energy codes at the AAMA Western Region Summer Summit. These codes are contained in Section 9.36 of the National Building Code (NBC) for new residential buildings and in the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) for commercial projects.Evolving Energy RegulationsSection 9.36 of the NBC divides the country into six zones based on heating degree days (HDD). Maximum U-factor requirements for new residential windows, given in W/m2°C, range from 1.8 down to 1.4 (equivalent...

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NFRC Exploring New Compliance Options

In addition to the NAFS Simplification process update at the Western Region Summer Summit, Joe Hayden (Pella) further reported that recent months have seen significant activity at NFRC, including updates on FenStar, Product Certification Program (PCP) Simplification Initiatives, Residential Component Based Calculation (RCBC) and the NFRC Condensation Index (CI).FenStar™NFRC’s new FenStar Certification Program (FCP) was formed to meet an EPA mandate that the program used to certify ENERGY STAR® performance must be independently accredited to ISO/IEC 17065, as is the AAMA certification program, rather than...

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California Housing Crisis Looms

Erin Guerrero, Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the California Building Industry Association (CBIA), reviewed legislative issues in the state during the recent AAMA Western Region Summer Summit, focusing on legislation related to housing.The statistics on housing in California are staggering, with many Californians priced out of the market. Issues related to building low income housing include the cost of land, which is constantly rising, as well as the prevailing wages (due to the power of the unions). The prevailing wage (which can vary) can...

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Future Windows: A View to 2050

In a presentation at the June AAMA Western Region Summer Summit, Stephen Selkowitz, recently retired from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), put forward his vision for a “net zero building envelope,” by moving the energy impact of a building’s façade from today’s net loss to zero and then to net positive. Selkowitz sees this as a challenging concept, but one that means new business opportunities, greater occupant benefits and increased value in the real estate market as well as very large energy and cost savings.In...

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Progress Continues on NAFS Simplification Project

During the AAMA Western Region Summer Summit in June, Joe Hayden (Pella) reported on the continuing efforts of AAMA, CSA and WDMA to simplify the 226-page standard to be more user-friendly. Full simplification is now targeted for completion no later than early 2022 (was June 2019) for reference in the 2024 US I-Codes and the 2025 Canadian National Building Code.The first ballot of the draft revision (April 2017) was unsuccessful at AAMA, with only 88 of the required 106 responses received. There were also a...

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2019 California Energy Standards Take Shape

California has been pursuing a multiple year process to improve energy efficiency with a goal of net zero by 2020, reported Ken Nittler, PE (WESTLab), during the recent AAMA Western Region Summer Summit. However, the metrics are complicated. For example, homes with both gas and electricity are a large hurdle to evaluating zero net energy (ZNE).Title 24 (Part 6), scheduled for implementation on January 1, 2020, has established the goal that new building standards achieve Net Zero Energy (NZE) levels by 2020 for residences and...

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AAMA National News Reviewed at Western Region Summer Summit

At the AAMA Western Region Summer Summit, Janice Yglesias, AAMA Executive Vice President, provided an overview of national developments for a range of topics, including AAMA’s education programs, the AAMA Field Test Agency Accreditation Program, ENERGY STAR®, codes and more.Education ProgramsVersion 2.0 of FenestrationMasters professional education and certification is targeted for release late this year and will include updated training material, content repackaged into shorter segments and upgraded technology to enhance course delivery.The InstallationMasters Replacement program was released in July 2017 with added content based...

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UL/CLEB Reviews Canadian Codes, NAFS-11 Supplement During AAMA Summer Conference

UL/CLEB sponsored a workshop at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2018 Summer Conference in Lake Tahoe, clarifying what manufacturers need to know when it comes to Canadian codes and CSA A440S1-17, the Canadian supplement to the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS)-11. Robert Jutras, Principal Engineer, led the overview, touching on Canadian building codes, including codes for building envelopes and fenestration.Canadian building codes are broken down into four model codes: National Building Code; National Plumbing Code; National Fire Code; and National Energy Code for Buildings. In Canada,...

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Window & Door Magazine | Decoded Columns

Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on Sept. 10, 2017. It hit the Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane with 130 miles per hour winds before moving slowly up the Florida peninsula as it weakened in intensity. Loss estimates for the storm range from $25 billion to $65 billion, according to a November 2017 article in the Insurance Journal, insurancejournal.com.

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Case Study: Air-Tight Commercial Windows Aid in Energy Efficiency at Green-Minded Georgia Spa

A Southern spa sought to revamp their look while also maintaining a commitment to green technology and energy efficiency. The sustainable features of the Forsyth, GA, space include VEKA windows made from recyclable PVC that are air tight, which helps cut down on energy usage.Reclaimed barnyard wood flooring is used in the retail area, and eco-friendly panels in retail cabinetry are made with stalks of sorghum, a type of grass. High-energy efficiencies were also used, such as LED lighting, energy rated HVAC system, ENERGY STAR®...

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Glass Magazine Columns | AAMA Contributions

One of the biggest disappointments for the fenestration industry, with regards to the 2018 International Codes, is a reduction in the number of emergency escape and rescue openings (EEROs) required for sleeping rooms in the basements of multifamily buildings and single-family homes.

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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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Dean Lewis Has Retired from AAMA After 18 Years

A long-time staff member at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has retired. AAMA Technical Manager, Training and Education, Dean Lewis retired from the association as of the end of 2016.“AAMA membership and staff alike will miss the wealth of knowledge and history that Dean provided during his long tenure at AAMA,” said Rich Walker, AAMA President and CEO. “We’ll miss Dean the ‘answer man’ and his voice moderating the webinar series - two of Dean’s favorite responsibilities. Dean has been an integral part of...

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Case Study: Municipality Brings Natural Light into New Ashburn, VA Firehouse

Located about 20 miles outside of Washington D.C. in Ashburn, Virginia, an old firehouse served a heavily populated geographical area. Next to this original 65-year-old, 13,000-square-foot station, the fire company built an entirely new, 35,000-squarefoot, two-story building. Around 5,000 square feet of the original building was retrofitted to house a social hall.

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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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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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Case Study: Natural Interior Delight Brings Light to Berkeley West Library

The West Branch Library in Berkeley, CA is a completely new building, designed to comply with the city's 2009 Climate Action Plan, in which every new building Berkeley constructs needs to be a Zero Net Energy building. The city's plan sets the goal of reducing local greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and envisions a city where new and existing buildings achieve Zero Net Energy consumption through energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

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