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AAMA to Host Webinar on California’s Assembly Bill 262, 1827

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host a webinar discussing California’s Assembly Bill 262 and 1827, more commonly known as Buy Clean California. This legislation requires facility-specific Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for flat glass and other selected products. John Jewell, senior consultant at thinkstep, will lead this complimentary webinar taking place at 11:30 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday, March 26. Register now for “California’s AB 262: Their Law Requiring EPDs.”California’s Department of General Services (DGS) is currently creating a methodology for interpreting the law, which...

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Economics Speaker John Manzella Breaks Down Labor, Skills, Workforce at AAMA Annual Conference

Economics speaker John Manzella spoke about the skilled labor shortage crisis in manufacturing and posed possible solutions for how to best address this industry issue. Manzella led an open session on the topic in addition to a closed executive session about international business and trade policy during the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Annual Conference (February 25-28).Manzella began by noting that the current American unemployment rate is only 4 percent.“This is fantastic,” he said. “But we have a dismal worker participation rate for both men...

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UL/CLEB Compares U.S., Canadian Differences in Evaluating Field Performance of Windows, Curtain Walls in Large Buildings

Robert Jutras (UL/CLEB) hosted a seminar on the differences between how Canada and the United States evaluate field performance of windows and curtain walls in large buildings during the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 82nd Annual Conference in Palm Springs (February 25-28). Jutras, who is Canadian, focused more on the Canadian codes and practices for the benefit of a mostly American audience at the conference.Jutras’s presentation compared building codes, including the 2018 International Builders Code (IBC) and the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBC),...

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AAMA Keynote Speaker Addresses Psychological Blind Spots, How to Avoid Them at Annual Conference

A former real estate leader turned white collar inmate delivered a keynote address at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Annual Conference (February 25-28). Kevin McCarthy, now a professional speaker who advises on how to avoid “blind spots” in making judgement calls, spoke to AAMA conference participants about the motivations behind choices and how to avoid poor decision making both at work and at home. He also hosted a roundtable discussion about understanding what makes different personality types “tick.”

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AAMA Board of Directors Votes Unanimously to Name Kim Flanary Honorary Member

As announced at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 82nd Annual Conference, the AAMA Board of Directors voted unanimously to designate former association leader Kim Flanary as an AAMA Honorary Member. Flanary, who passed away in November, is now the 14th person in the association’s history to receive honorary membership. The last member to be honored in this way was Bill Deuschle, who retired from Kawneer in 2016.“Kim is more than deserving of the distinction,” said Ray Garries (VP of Engineering and Innovation, MI Windows...

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AAMA Recognizes Industry Leaders for Excellence, Marketing, More During 82nd Annual Conference

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at the 82nd Annual Conference Awards Banquet held Tuesday night in Palm Springs, CA. Award presenters noted the importance of these member contributions, which serve to progress the work of the industry overall.Outstanding Member Award – Mike DeSoto (MI Windows and Doors)Mike DeSoto, Chief Operating Officer for MI Windows and Doors, was named Outstanding Member, as presented by former recipient Doug Holmberg, Quality Manager at Apogee Enterprises,...

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AAMA Updates Two Specifications for Static, Dynamic Test Methods Related to Seismic Drift

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) updated two documents for evaluating window wall, curtain wall and storefront systems when it comes to seismic drift. AAMA 501.4-18, Recommended Static Test Method for Evaluating Window Wall, Curtain Wall and Storefront Systems Subjected to Seismic and Wind-Induced Inter-Story Drift, and AAMA 501.6-18, Recommended Dynamic Test Method for Determining the Seismic Drift Causing Glass Fallout from Window Wall, Curtain Wall and Storefront Systems, were first released in 2001 and were last updated in 2009. The two are now available...

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Window & Door Magazine | In the Trenches Columns

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, osha.gov, is often considered to be the police of workplace safety. OSHA sets rules and regulations, performs audits, issues fines and more, all in an effort to create safer workplaces. However, two OSHA recognition programs offer an opportunity for companies to bring in the Administration as a safety coach and team member, rather than just as a rule creator and enforcer.

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Window & Door Magazine | Industry Watch Columns

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s, aamanet.org, annual fenestration market study has been a fixture of its service to the industry over many years, but its scope and rigor have increased over time. Manufacturers and suppliers are interviewed with a participation rate in excess of 50 percent and data from multiple secondary sources is triangulated to support the overall analysis.

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Window & Door Magazine | Decoded Columns

To keep up with evolving technology and industry concerns, new editions of the 15 different I-codes covered by the International Code Council are published every three years. The 2018 versions, which took effect Jan. 1, are the latest. Of these, the codes of greatest typical interest to fenestration manufacturers are the 2018 International Building Code, International Residential Code and International Energy Conservation Code.

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