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AAMA to Host September 10 Webinar on Tornado, Hurricane Storm Shelters with Dave Stammen

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host a webinar entitled “ICC 500 – Tornado and Hurricane Storm Shelters” on September 10, open to all interested parties. Leading the webinar is Dave Stammen, Principal Engineer for the Building Science Group at UL. Register now for this complimentary session, part of AAMA’s regular webinar series.This webinar will provide an overview of the history of storm shelter guidelines, how ICC 500 was developed and the code requirements that drive storm shelter construction. Stammen will also address specific...

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Keynote Speakers to Serve as Guides to Future of Safety, New Products at AAMA Fall Conference

Two speakers will address the topics of product installation and plant safety at the AAMA Fall Conference (September 30 – October 3). Richard Hawk, motivational safety speaker and trainer for Make Safety Fun, will give a keynote presentation entitled, “The Future of Safety in Manufacturing Plants.” Matt Risinger, owner of Risinger & Co., specializes in architect-driven projects and will discuss installation techniques. Registration is now open for the conference, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines in Austin, TX.On October 1, Hawk...

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AAMA and IGMA to Unify as One Combined Organization

The memberships of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) both voted to proceed with combining into one organization with a new name, Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA). The formal ballots of the AAMA and IGMA memberships were released on July 2, along with the full prospectus outlining the strategy for structuring, operating and branding the new organization, which included adjustments and clarifications to the proposal, based upon member feedback.AAMA and IGMA announced unification discussions a year ago,...

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AAMA Releases New Curtain Wall Manual

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has developed a new manual providing guidelines for the design of curtain walls. Publication of AAMA CWM-19, Curtain Wall Manual, marks the culmination of efforts by volunteers from AAMA Curtain Wall/Storefront Council member companies to update and enhance the former AAMA MCWM1-89, Metal Curtain Wall Manual. It also incorporates content from several other related AAMA publications for ease of access.“New curtain wall guide specifications are expected to be of particular interest,” said Steve Fronek (Wausau Window and Wall Systems), a leader...

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AAMA Presents Webinar on U.S. Labor Shortage and Retention with John Manzella, August 6

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) Western Region will host a webinar entitled “U.S. Labor Shortage and Retention” on August 6 covering the current labor shortage and how to retain skilled employees. Leading the webinar is John Manzella, a global business and economic analysis expert.“This webinar will help attendees better understand current labor trends, more accurately assess and reduce risks, and better prepare for what’s ahead,” said Manzella.The presentation will focus on the worsening U.S. labor and skills deficit. It will cover the difficulties of...

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Oak Moser Offers Leadership Advice at 2019 Joint AAMA and IGMA Summer Conferences

A senior management professional spoke about the need to develop interpersonal skills at the 2019 Joint American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) Summer Conferences, June 17-20 in Victoria, BC. Oak Moser, who has 33 years of experience leading and coaching teams, stressed the value of listening, assessing and empathizing as key skills for effective leaders.Moser offered tips to improve attendees’ understanding and ability to build stronger connections, influencing people of all personality styles across organizations and teams.“A team that is...

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UL/CLEB Seminar Breaks Down Canadian CSA A500 Building Guards Standard

Principal Engineer Robert Jutras (UL/CLEB) hosted a seminar called, “The Canadian CSA A500 Building Guards Standard, Explained” during the 2019 Joint American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Association (IGMA) Summer Conferences in Victoria, BC (June 17-20).The CSA A500 Building Guards Standard was developed in response to stakeholders who saw the need for a standard for materials, design, construction, testing and performance of building guards, said Jutras. The standard is important because these protective barriers prevent accidental falls from one level to another.Jutras’s...

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Keynote Speaker Covers Sustainability, Energy, the Future at Summer Conferences

A self-confessed “Greenpeace dropout” spoke about why he chose to leave the organization to find alternate routes toward protecting the environment during the 2019 Joint American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) Summer Conferences, June 17-20 in Victoria, BC. Dr. Patrick Moore has been a leader in the international environmental field for over 45 years. He is a co-founder of Greenpeace and served for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of Greenpeace International.“When Greenpeace...

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IGMA Glass Safety Awareness Council Shares Best Practices, Guidance for Preventing Workplace Injuries

Mike Burk (Sparklike) gave a presentation on workplace safety at the 2019 Joint American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) Summer Conferences in Victoria, BC (June 17-20). Burk is the Chair of the IGMA Glass Safety Awareness Council and has worked in the technical and training areas of the insulating glass industry for over 25 years.While refraining from offering any identifying details in terms of individuals or companies, Burk described recent workplace fatalities and offered suggestions for preventing similar incidents. This...

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AAMA Releases Updated Standard for Liquid Applied Flashing for Exterior Wall Openings

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released an updated specification establishing minimum performance requirements for liquid-applied flashing used to provide water-resistive seals around exterior wall openings in buildings that includes fenestration products such as windows and doors, as well as other through-wall penetrations. AAMA 714-19, Voluntary Specification for Liquid Applied Flashing Used to Create a Water-Resistive Seal around Exterior Wall Openings in Buildings, was last updated in 2015.“Liquid-applied flashing products are seeing increasing application for sealing building interfaces, including flashing around windows and doors,”...

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