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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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AAMA Releases 2018/2019 Industry Review and Forecast

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released the AAMA 2018/2019 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast. This report delivers timely information on window, door and skylight market trends and product relationships. Historic data for 2010 through 2018 and forecast data for 2019 through 2021 are also included in the report. Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of March 2019.Housing StartsTotal housing starts continued their growth curve in 2018 with gains in the single family segment of 3 percent and in the...

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Early Bird Registration Now Open for 2019 Joint AAMA, IGMA Summer Conferences

Registration is now open for the 2019 Joint American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) Summer Conferences, to be held June 17-20, 2019, in Victoria, BC. The early bird rate is guaranteed through May 17, and attendees are encouraged to register before this date. Because this is a combined AAMA and IGMA conference, only one registration fee per attendee is required. All registrations will be processed through AAMA.Keynote Speaker Dr. Patrick Moore, an ecologist and environmentalist, will deliver an address titled,...

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AAMA Western Region to Host Cal/OSHA Webinar, May 7

The AAMA Western Region is sponsoring a webinar this spring, delivering insights on balancing Cal/OSHA compliance with protecting your company. Sean Paisan, counsel for Ogletree Deakins, will lead this presentation, “When Cal/OSHA Comes Calling.” This May 7 webinar is open only to AAMA members and certification licensees. However, a tweet thread covering a similar presentation given at the AAMA Western Region 2019 Winter Summit in February can be found here. Search #AAMAWR on Twitter for additional coverage.What are your rights when a Cal/OSHA inspector comes...

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Donnie Hunter Named Chairman of the AAMA Board of Directors, Janice Yglesias Now Executive Director

During the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 82nd Annual Conference in February, Donnie Hunter, Director of Global Product Management for Kawneer, was recognized as the new Chairman of the AAMA Board of Directors. Hunter takes on this role following a two-year term led by outgoing Chairman Mike DeSoto, Chief Operating Officer for MI Windows and Doors.Hunter gave a speech during the event, in which he discussed four areas where he hopes to “stay the course” with existing organization strategy: the organization itself, education and training, technical standards and...

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Window Safety Week Observed April 7-13

As spring arrives, the Window Safety Task Force of the National Safety Council encourages parents and caregivers to recognize the importance of practicing window safety during Window Safety Week, being observed April 7-13. However, open windows any time of year can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised.“It only takes seconds for a preventable window fall to occur,” said Becky Turpin, Director, Home & Community Safety, at the National Safety Council. “To avoid these needless tragedies, it is very important for parents...

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