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AAMA Honors Rich Walker; Janice Yglesias Appointed as New Executive

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) honors Rich Walker as he steps aside after serving for 18 years as its President and CEO. Janice Yglesias, Executive Vice President of the organization, succeeds him, assuming control over all daily operations effective May 10, 2018.An industry veteran, Walker joined AAMA in 1996 as Technical Director and advanced to Southeast Region Director before accepting the President and CEO position in 2000. Under his leadership, the organization has experienced tremendous growth and success. Beyond expanding AAMA’s technical offering, which...

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AAMA Releases 2017/2018 Market Studies, Offers Forecast of Fenestration Industry Trends

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released the AAMA 2017/2018 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights. This bi-annual report delivers timely information on residential and non-residential market trends and product relationships for windows, doors, skylights, curtain walls and storefronts. Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of March 2018.ResidentialTotal housing starts continued their growth curve in 2017 with strong gains in the single family segment of 9 percent. Going forward, the overall new housing market is expected to...

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Economic Expert to Lay Out Global Trends, National Policy Positions at AAMA Summer Conference

The keynote speaker for the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) 2018 National Summer Conference will give an economic analysis of trends and policy positions at the June 11-14 event in Olympic Valley (Lake Tahoe), CA. Author and global economics speaker John Manzella will share his expertise in his address titled, “Economic Trends, Critical Issues and What’s Ahead.”“Several factors are impacting the U.S. and world economy, international business, the labor force, manufacturing and corporate competitiveness,” said Manzella. “This presentation will dive deep into the issues that...

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May 8 AAMA Webinar to Assist in Navigating Trade Tariffs

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will hold a webinar led by Michael Collins, Managing Director of Building Industry Advisors, LLC, about the trade tariffs recently put into play between the United States and China. Register for the May 8 webinar, which is complimentary and open to the public, and will begin at 11:30 a.m. Eastern."The tariffs recently placed on steel and other materials and sanctions against China are already impacting the building products industry and the overall economy, said Collins. The tone and intentions...

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Letter from the Board | Hurricanes Top Priority at Southeast Region Conference

The Southeast Region has been flourishing with activity, due in large part to the 2017 hurricane season. One of the most active on record, with 17 named storms, damages are estimated at $370 billion, making it the most expensive season recorded. As many that serve AAMA's Southeast Region are also residents, the storm made a strong impact in our own lives as well. Many of us witnessed firsthand our respective products and components put to the ultimate test and celebrated the many ways we've improved as...

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Impact Tests May Not Be Representative, Team Concludes

The movement toward effective hurricane resistant structures began in earnest with Hurricane Andrew in 1992 – a landmark storm that left 160,000 southern Florida residents homeless, resulted in 40 deaths and produced $25 billion in damages. The building codes at the time, as well as code inspections and disaster preparation were later judged inadequate. As a result, the Dade County product approval and impact resistance TAS protocols were instituted.Fast forward to 2017 and Hurricane Irma. Although the monstrous storm resulted in 134 deaths and $65...

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Southeast Legislative Review

Dick Wilhelm presented an update on code-related legislative activities within the states comprising the AAMA Southeast Region.FloridaHB 299 seeks to revise the membership of the Florida Building Commission to eliminate a member of the building products manufacturing industry – a measure with potential effect on the practicality of Florida product approval.CS/SB 620 would establish a disaster preparedness tax exemption for storm shutter devices.HB 437/SB 1444 establishes that the Florida Building Code must require public and private healthcare facilities to have an operational emergency power source.SB...

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Development of Installation Standards

Steve Strawn, chair of the AAMA Flashing Committee, reported on the status of code referencing of AAMA flashing standards and work of the FMA/AAMA/WDMA Installation Committee.The 2018 residential code (IRC) (R609.1) says that windows and doors must be flashed per manufacturer’s written instructions, at a minimum complying with section R703.4. The latter now references AAMA 711 for self-adhering membrane flashing and AAMA 714 for fluid-applied membranes. It also specifies certain installation details, primarily per the manufacturer’s instructions. Mechanically applied flashing must comply with AAMA 712.The...

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Hurricane Assessment and Recovery

Michael Rimoldi of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH), a disaster safety awareness and education group, presented numerous scenes of the damage recently sustained from two hurricanes in two weeks that hit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as observed during recent inspections. Working with local officials, FLASH is helping to update building codes, train new building department staff and local contractors and assist in advising on rebuilding programs.“No one really has anywhere to evacuate during a hurricane in the Virgin Islands or...

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Garage Doors and High Wind

Joe Hetzel, Technical Director for the Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA) presented the group’s standards and guidelines for performance of sectional and rolling garage doors and other similar assemblies. Wind and windborne debris impact are the focus of damage prevention measures, as, according to Hetzel, “if installed properly, there is usually minimal or no problems at the interfaces with structures.”DASMA Technical Data Sheet TDS-155, Residential and Commercial Wind Load Guides, includes residential and commercial door wind pressures including those defined in various editions...

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ASTM E1996 Needs Further Revision

ASTM E1996 was first published in 1999 to address impact from missiles such as wind-borne debris. Joseph Reed, PE, Senior Director at Intertek, reviewed the evolution of the standard and ongoing efforts to update it to merge with current building codes and preventive actions for high wind events.Reasons for updating include rigid interpretations of existing criteria that have led to unwieldly test programs, plus the need to harmonize with market practices and those of local jurisdictions. The most recent edition, ASTM E1996-17, revised requirements for...

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Wind/Water/Codes Coverage – Myths and Realities

There are many issues related to the building envelope and fenestration elements, and Daniel Lavrich, PE, provided Southeast Region Winter Meeting participants with a survey of the “Myths and Reality” associated with each.With regard to design, Lavrich underlined the importance of designing to code-mandated regional wind velocities and testing for structural performance, water penetration (typically more pronounced on the windward side of buildings) and impact resistance per NAFS.Breach of the envelope and resulting interior damage due to water penetration is typically the focus of hurricane...

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AAMA Offers Brochure on “Caring for Your Windows, Doors and Skylights”

Regular care and maintenance extends the lifespan and performance of windows, doors and skylights. The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) offers a revised and re-issued educational brochure with tips for proper cleaning and maintenance to help products perform as intended.“Caring for Your Windows, Doors and Skylights” presents a comprehensive overview of:Glass careFrame cleaningHardware and component careDrainage system designCondensation and moisture considerationsFinish color retentionPlastic glazing for skylights“When customers have questions about how to care for their windows, doors or skylights, AAMA is dedicated to providing helpful...

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AAMA Releases Updated Document on Performance Requirements for Fiber Reinforced Thermoset Profiles

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released an updated document establishing performance requirements for fiber reinforced thermoset profiles for use in fenestration products. AAMA 305-18, the Voluntary Specification for Fiber Reinforced Thermoset Profiles, was last updated in 2015.“In section 1.2 in the scope, we have added an additional performance level for high modulus fiber reinforced thermoset technologies, which are being used for larger fenestration applications which require higher strength requirements,” said Robert P. Plagemann (Tecton Products), Chair of the AAMA Fiberglass Material Council (FMC)...

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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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Window & Door Magazine | Industry Watch Columns

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is largely positive for business but has some potentially devilish details to navigate. This is an inevitable result for a measure pieced together through a myriad of compromises among varied interests. But then, as has also been observed, if both sides are dissatisfied, chances are it’s a good deal overall.

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Door and Window Market Magazine | AAMA Analysis Columns

Window performance is a complicated concept. The big picture is not defined just by U-value or glass type. It is not discerned by debating the purported merits of the different framing material. Each framing material offers its own unique performance characteristics and special advantages for dealing with the performance challenges posed by climate, building design, buyer preference and/or budget for various applications. Any controversy based on the purported generic superiority of material type is rendered virtually immaterial when one stops comparing the basic characteristics of isolated samples of unsupported material and concentrates on the performance of the complete fenestration unit.

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Observe Window Safety Year Round

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 year-round. Window Safety Week is observed April 1-7. However, open windows can be dangerous any time of year for young children who are not properly supervised.Each year, the Window Safety Task Force of the National Safety Council takes the first full week in April to educate about the importance of practicing window safety year-round.Falls from a window can result in...

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Dean Lewis of AAMA Passes Away

Dean Lewis of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) passed away March 7 after battling cancer. He spent 45 years in the fenestration industry and was 69 years old.Lewis joined AAMA in 1999, utilizing his technical and industry experience to advance many of the programs and services offered by the association. During his tenure with AAMA, he worked in both certification and education. After retiring as Technical Manager, Training & Education last year, he continued to consult for the association. His experience in technical training...

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AAMA to Host Social Media Webinar March 20

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host a webinar about using Twitter to better engage existing and potential customers. This complimentary webinar is open to the public and serves as an opportunity for those who missed the workshops on the topic at the recent AAMA 81st Annual Conference. Register now for “The Who, What and Why of Twitter,” taking place at 11:30 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, March 20.AAMA Communications Coordinator, Meryl Williams, will lead the discussion, giving a rundown on Twitter engagement basics, how...

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UL/CLEB Hosts Workshop on Full Scale Curtain Wall Mock-Up Condensation Resistance for Cold Climates

American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) member company UL/CLEB gave a workshop during AAMA’s 2018 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, on February 21. UL/CLEB Principal Engineer, Robert Jutras, presented a case study on the subject, offering visual examples of a specific project and its tests.The presentation studied the specification requirements pertaining to condensation resistance test objectives, the importance of replicating project-specific operational parameters and interior conditions in cold climates and condensation prevention issues. It also compared the testing approach for the case study with conventional condensation...

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Keynote Speaker from Afterburner Maps Out Plan for Striving Toward Flawless Execution at AAMA 81st Annual Conference

The keynote speaker at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2018 Annual Conference encouraged those listening to work toward improving processes across their organization in the style of military precision. Chris “Elroy” Stricklin laid out the elements of his company’s “Flawless Execution” methodology, which prioritizes communication, teamwork and owning up to mistakes while trying to improve for the future.Stricklin, a member of Afterburner, is a corporate keynote speaker and executive consultant. He is also a combat-proven Air Force Leader. His unique range of experience combines...

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AAMA Conference Hosts Expert on Sustainability Standards, Certification in Raw Materials Supply Chains

During the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2018 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, those in attendance heard from Dr. Fiona Solomon, CEO of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, on the topic of sustainability standards and certification in raw materials supply chains. Solomon focused on the role sustainability standards are playing in impacting sourcing and production across a range of natural resources sectors and more.“Most companies are already addressing sustainability in some way, drawing on a mix of company policies and strategies,” said Solomon, adding that standards...

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Twitter Workshop at AAMA Annual Conference Encourages Engagement with Potential Customers

A workshop on Twitter showed social media users and novices alike how to utilize the networking platform to reach current and future customers. AAMA Communications Coordinator, Meryl Williams, led two sessions of “The Who, What and Why of Twitter, and How You Can Better Engage Existing and Potential Customers,” at the AAMA 2018 Annual Conference, lending from more than a decade of experience in the field.“You only get out of Twitter what you’re willing to put in,” said Williams. “Improved engagement doesn’t happen overnight, but...

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AAMA Awards Members for Leadership, Marketing, More During 81st Annual Conference

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at the 81st Annual Conference Awards Banquet held Tuesday night in Orlando, FL. Award presenters noted the importance of these member contributions as they serve to further the industry as a whole.Outstanding Member Award – Doug Holmberg (Apogee/Wausau Window and Wall Systems)Doug Holmberg, Quality Manger for Wausau, was named Outstanding Member, as presented by former recipient Steve Strawn, Codes & Regulatory Manager for JELD-WEN.The Outstanding Member Award...

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AAMA Appoints Janice Yglesias as Executive Vice President, Promotes Other Personnel

Janice Yglesias has been promoted to be the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) Executive Vice President, as approved by the association’s Board of Directors. Yglesias previously served as Association Services Director before taking on this new position.“During her 19 years with AAMA, Janice strived to learn and understand all AAMA operations, programs and services. That knowledge has been transferred into countless improvements in AAMA procedures and productivity, making this a very well-deserved promotion,” said AAMA President and CEO, Rich Walker.Yglesias’s new role will involve creating,...

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New Daylighting Web Page Available on AAMA Website

Daylighting information previously included as a fact sheet has been updated and posted as a web page by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). This daylighting-focused web page focused on daylighting and energy savings addresses key differences between fenestration products installed primarily vertically (windows, doors, curtain walls and storefronts) and those installed primarily overhead (skylights, roof windows and tubular daylighting devices [TDDs]) and their relation to daylighting and energy savings.“It was important to us that this section of the site be seen as an authoritative...

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Architectural Products Web Pages Created for AAMA Website

A recent overhaul of the Architectural Products section of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) website means easier access to crucial information about architectural windows, curtain walls, storefronts, sloped glazing systems and more. This series of new web pages was created to focus exclusively on architectural products and the technology, tests and finishes associated with them.Intended to aid users and suppliers or architectural products, detailed information is provided related to curtain walls, storefronts and sloped glazing systems, and includes reasons to choose AW- and CW-rated...

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Latest North American Fenestration Standard Published

The 2017 edition of AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440, NAFS — North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights (NAFS) has received final approval and is now available. This standard is the result of a multi-year effort by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA). The updated 2017 standard replaces the 2011 edition of the joint standard.The 2011 NAFS standard is already referenced in the 2015 editions of the International Building Code and International Residential Code, with...

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AAMA Presented with World Vision’s 2017 Crystal Vision Partnership Award During International Builders Show

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) was honored to receive the 2017 Crystal Vision Partnership Award on Wednesday, as presented by World Vision at the humanitarian organization’s 18th Annual Crystal Vision Award Breakfast during the 2018 International Builders Show in Orlando, FL. World Vision’s Partnership Award is given each year to a company within the industry that has partnered with the organization’s Storehouse Program for a minimum of three to five years.“I speak for all of AAMA when I say that we are proud of...

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Top Articles and Blogs | What You Were Most Interested in This Year

This past year was a busy one for AAMA and the industry, and we’ve come out of 2017 with a lot to show for it. We wanted to see what was of most interest to you - our members and readers, so we tallied up the top five news articles and top five blog posts from 2017.Top Five News ArticlesAAMA Releases 2016/2017 Industry Review and Forecast: This important market study update caught a lot of the industry’s attention in April.AAMA Releases Updated Standard Test Method...

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Early Bird Registration Now Open for 2018 AAMA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has opened registration for the AAMA 81st Annual Conference, to be held February 19-22, 2018 in Orlando, FL, at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. This is the first-ever conference AAMA is hosting with the association’s new Monday through Thursday schedule, so those registering may wish to double-check their travel dates before confirming arrangements. A special rate is guaranteed through January 26, and attendees are encouraged to book before this date. The AAMA Southeast Region 2018 Winter Meeting will immediately...

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Residential Window Web Pages Created for AAMA Website

The residential windows section of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) website received a recent overhaul. These new web pages focus exclusively on residential windows - those installed in new home construction, as well as remodeling and replacement, including skylights, sometimes referred to as “roof windows.” Intended to aid homeowners and the industry in addressing questions related to windows in residential applications, information on window types and features, safety and security, energy, installation and more can now be found in one place. A “Common Questions”...

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Registration Now Open for AAMA LinkedIn Webinar

Those seeking to boost their profile and presence on LinkedIn, the online professional networking tool, can take advantage of a complimentary webinar offered by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). Registration is now open for “7 Actions You Can Take Today to Improve and Protect Your LinkedIn Profile,” a December 12 presentation given by AAMA Communications Coordinator, Meryl Williams. This reprise presentation is being held for those who were unable to attend Williams’s in-person workshops at the 2017 AAMA National Fall Conference in October. Register...

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VMC Talks Vinyl Outreach, Environmental Initiatives, More at Fall Conference

Weathering was a big topic of discussion during the Vinyl Material Council’s session during the 2017 AAMA National Fall Conference in October. A ten-year weathering study was launched by the Extended Outdoor Vinyl Profile Weathering Study Task Group, to be conducted by Associated Laboratories Inc. (ALI) on samples provided by participating AAMA Profile Certification Program licensees. More work on weathering and many other matters will progress in Orlando, FL this February during the 81st Annual AAMA Conference.Outreach InitiativesThe VMC Marketing Committee (Chair: Gary Hartman [Chelsea...

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WIC Discusses Test Sites, Flashing and Sealant Document Updates, More at AAMA Fall Conference

The Wall Interface Council was busy at the 2017 AAMA National Fall Conference in October, reviewing changes being made to several flashing and sealant documents and hearing an update from a new task group. Other matters were discussed as well, including a ROESE Water Test and updates from the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance. More work will continue in February during the 81st Annual AAMA Conference in Orlando, FL.New Task Group Maps AAMA 2400 UpdateThe newly formed Mounting Flange Installation Task Group (Chair: Kim Flanary [Milgard]),...

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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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Reconciliation of AAMA and WDMA Coatings Requirements Nearing Completion

A Comparison Matrix intended to resolve the differences and consolidate the redundancies between AAMA 653-14, Voluntary Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Organic Coatings on Wood and Cellulosic Composite Substrates, and WDMA TM-12-2013, Test Method for Factory Applied Pigmented Coatings for Wood and Wood Cellulosic Composites Used for Millwork, has been under development by the WCCMC Finishes Committee (Chair: Jack Reed [Arkema]).The ballot of the Matrix conducted this spring yielded several substantive comments. These were clarified as needed by the committee and staff by follow-up...

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Skylight Sloped Glazing Council Reviews New Task Group, Fall Protection Measures, More at Summer Conference

Members of the Skylight Sloped Glazing Council reported on a variety of product-specific topics and document work, including design guidelines, preventing skylight falls, what NAFS could mean for skylights and more. Get updates on these items and more during the Fall Conference in Greenville, SC.Task Group Narrows Focus on ASCE-7-16 Impact on SkylightsA new task group, ASCE 7-16 Impact on Skylights White Paper Task Group (chair: John Westerfield [CrystaLite) has been formed by the Skylight/Sloped Glazing Codes and Regulatory Affairs Committee (First Officer: Paul Simony...

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Door Council To Continue Standards Updates, Committee Work This October at AAMA Fall Conference

Door Council focused on an upcoming edit to an acoustical standard during the AAMA Summer Conference in June. The group also heard reports from task groups and committees about some recently updated door standards, and some that are on their way to getting new touches. This work will continue in October at the Fall Conference in Greenville, SC.Acoustical Standard Update on HorizonASTM activity is spurring a look at the AAMA acoustical standard and a new task group is gearing up to revise AAMA 1801-13, Voluntary...

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FMC and AMC to Team Up with Task Group For Meeting Finishes Standards Compliance Guidelines

At the 2017 Summer Conference in Newport, RI, the Fiberglass Material Council heard updates about revisions made to a profiles specification as well as 2017 versions of the popular fiberglass finishes standards suite. Additionally, the material council will be teaming up with the Aluminum Material Council to work toward creating a compliance guidance document pertaining to a different series of finishes standards. Work on these matters and more will continue this October at the Fall Conference in Greenville, SC.Updated Profiles Spec Now Under Product Group...

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WIC Talks Standards Updates, Test Parameters at Summer Conference

The Wall Interface Council discussed updates on several matters during the June AAMA National Summer Conference, such as an installation standard update, sealant and foam product test parameters and other changes to standards currently in the works. Further efforts in these endeavors will continue this October at the AAMA National Fall Conference in Greenville, SC.Installation Standard Review Focuses on Stucco InterfaceHaving been earmarked for review by the Document Management Committee, AAMA 2400-10, Standard Practice for Installation of Windows with a Mounting Flange in Open Stud...

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VMC Discusses Regulatory Reform, Weathering, More at Summer Conference

The Vinyl Material Council went over several topics at the AAMA National Summer Conference, including some education initiatives, regulatory reform developments and several document updates. Work on these matters and others will continue this October at the AAMA National Fall Conference in Greenville, SC.Educational DevelopmentsThe VMC Marketing Committee and the VMC Education Task Group (Chair: Mark DePaul [ENERGI Fenestration Solutions]) revised the status of various educational initiatives.The Vinyl Windows: Designed for Performance course was reapproved for AIA accreditation.A new white paper was reported as needing...

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AMC Conforms Long and Short-Term Objectives, More at Summer Conference

During the 2017 National Summer Conference, the Aluminum Material Council (AMC) worked on strategic plans as well as went over updates to weathering and finishes matters. Work on these topics and more will continue this October during the 2017 National Fall Conference in Greenville, SC.Planning for the FutureWith LEED, green building programs, and sustainability foremost among member concerns, the mission statement of the Aluminum Material Council and objectives for an AMC-focused strategic plan were reviewed.Council Second Vice President Scott Condreay (SAPA Extrusions) presented the short...

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Glass Material Council Reviews Details of Edge Scallop Testing, AAMA-IGMA Efforts, More

The Glass Material Council (GMC) was busy during the 2017 AAMA National Summer Conference last month, going over the development of a procedure pertaining to the edge seal of insulating glass units (IGUs). The council also heard updates from the IGMA Technical Policy Committee and the ASTM E0622 sub-committee. Work on these items and others will continue this October during the 2017 AAMA National Fall Conference in Greenville, SC.Tool and Procedure for Testing Edge Scalloping Under DevelopmentThe joint AAMA/IGMA Edge Pressure Task Group (Chair: Paul...

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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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WCCMC Finishes Progress in Reconciling Coatings Requirements Continues

In February during the AAMA 80th Annual Conference, the Wood and Cellulosic Composite Material Council Finishes Committee (chair: Jack Reed [Arkema]) continued to champion an effort to reconcile and align two similar industry publications: AAMA 653-14, Voluntary Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Organic Coatings on Wood and Cellulosic Composite Substrates, and WDMA TM-12-2013, Test Method for Factory Applied Pigmented Coatings for Wood and Wood Cellulosic Composites Used for Millwork.A Comparison Matrix intended to summarize the many redundancies between the documents was accepted by the...

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Skylight/Sloped Glazing Council Talks NAFS, New White Paper, Documents at Annual Conference

During the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in February, the Skylight/Sloped Glazing Council met to go over some upcoming changes to the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS), the development of a white paper on skylight loading and other skylight and sloped glazing-related documents. These topics and more will continue to undergo work during the AAMA Summer Conference in Newport, RI June 18-21.Possible NAFS Simplification Draws Widespread Member InterestThe impact of proposed NAFS simplification on skylight products was the focus of recent discussions by the Skylight NAFS...

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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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