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CEC Promotes “Skinny” Triple Glazed Windows as Solution to Title 24’s Challenge

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is seeking to improve energy efficiency through alternate products, such as the Thin Triple window. During the AAMA Western Region Summit, Payam Bozorchami with the CEC discussed an important element of the 2019 California Energy Standard - the energy design rating (EDR) metric.EDR, the ratio of Time Dependent Valuation (TDV) energy used by a proposed home to the TDV of a 2006 IECC-compliant home, can be used to determine compliance with the California Energy Standard (Title 24). The resulting EDR...

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What to Expect “When Cal/OSHA Comes Calling”

At the AAMA Western Region 2019 Winter Summit, Sean Paisan, an attorney specializing in OSHA matters with labor and employment law firm Ogletree Deakins, discussed safety compliance in the state of California and offered tips on dealing with Cal/OSHA. Paisan offered advice for those who are met with an incident and suggested knowing one’s rights before anything ever occurs, if it does.First, per Paisan, a company must report any serious work-related injury, illness or death of an employee within eight hours. A serious injury is...

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Essentials of the “Buy Clean California” Act

The Buy Clean California Act (formerly Assembly Bill 262) was signed into law on October 15, 2017. John Jewell of thinkstep explained to AAMA Western Region Summit participants that the goal is to accelerate greenhouse gas reductions by incorporating product manufacturing emissions information into procurement decisions, in the form of a Global Warming Potential (GWP) rating. The maximum acceptable GWP, set at the industry average of facility-specific GWP emissions for a given material, is determined by consulting recognized databases of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). The...

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A Look at Green Building Programs

All green building programs and the standards that support them are increasing in popularity and usage, according to Jon Smieja, Ph.D., Product Sustainability Manager at Andersen Corporation. During the AAMA Western Region Summit, Smieja reviewed several programs currently in play, while highlighting the role of windows and doors.Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®)Sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED continues to reign as the undisputed leader, counting 95,000 registered projects encompassing some 20 billion certified square feet across 167 countries. LEED v4.1...

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2019 California Energy Standards Continue Pursuit of ZNE

The new 2019 California Energy Standards, slated to take effect January 1, 2020, continues the state’s pursuit of its goal to achieve zero net energy (ZNE) by 2020 for residences and by 2030 for commercial buildings. Also known as Title 24 (Part 6), the standard defines ZNE as consuming only as much energy on an annual basis as can be generated on-site with a renewable energy system. To promote the renewable energy aspect, reported Joe Hayden (Pella) during the AAMA Western Region Summit, the 2019...

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