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Residential Code Arena Columns

The family of International Codes published by the International Code Council is the most widely used in the history of U.S. construction codes. In addition to their widespread use throughout the 50 states, numerous federal agencies—including the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Defense—have also adopted the International Codes. Due to this adoption by federal agencies, I-codes began being enforced in countries other than the U.S, including the Middle East. This reliance on the International Codes has now spread to other countries.

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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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AAMA Analysis Columns

Throughout the fenestration industry, we say that a window’s performance is only as good as its installation. After all, even the most robustly conceived and certified design can be compromised by installation errors. In addition, water penetration at or near a fenestration product opening may actually originate from the surrounding construction. This is particularly true in the case of unexpected air infiltration or water penetration—the latter of which can lead to finger-pointing over liability for damages.

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Corporate Membership Kicks Off November 6: Check Your Email

The renewal process for AAMA Corporate members will begin the week of November 6. Renewing your membership on time will ensure your company has uninterrupted access to our benefits package and maintains its membership tenure as well as its listing on the AAMA website for continued customer referrals. AAMA Corporate membership is available to businesses involved in the manufacturing, sale or service of fenestration products and related components and is renewed on an annual basis. All main contacts at member companies should watch for future email communication reminders from the Membership Department regarding the renewal process, as all renewals are due by January 1, 2018.

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AMC Reviews Goals, Considers Color Space, More at Fall Conference

The Aluminum Material Council reviewed some future goals during the 2017 AAMA National Fall Conference, going over both short-term objectives, such as receiving regular reports from related organizations, as well as more long-term ones, including monitoring aluminum-specific energy code requirements with the Code Action Committee. The committee also discussed the falling sand abrasion test, salt spray tests, social media efforts and more. Work toward these goals and other aluminum-focused matters will be continued via conference calls leading up to the 2018 AAMA Annual Conference in...

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GMC Discusses Edge Scalloping, Updating Acoustical Standards, More During Fall Conference

During the 2017 AAMA National Fall Conference, the Glass Material Council heard about bids for a test fixture to measure edge scalloping, updates about a joint AAMA/IGMA web page and discussion of plans to update acoustical standards. Work on these matters and others will continue via conference calls and during the 2018 AAMA Annual Conference (February 19-22) in Orlando, FL.Edge Scalloping Test Fixture Being Bid OutTwo bids have been received by the joint AAMA/IGMA Edge Pressure Task Group (Chair: Paul Bush [Vitro Architectural Glass]) for...

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2018-2019 AAMA Event Dates, Locations Announced

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will be traveling to Orlando, FL, this February for the AAMA 81st Annual Conference, to be held February 19-22, 2018, at the Loews Portofino Bay at Universal Studios. While making travel arrangements, please note that this is the first conference AAMA is hosting with the association’s new Monday through Thursday conference schedule, instead of the previous Sunday through Wednesday timeframe.Registration will open December 20, along with separate registration for the AAMA Southeast Region Spring Meeting, which will immediately follow...

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AAMA Western Region Hosting Webinar on State of Window and Door Industry with Michael Collins, November 14

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host Michael Collins, Managing Director of Building Industry Advisors, LLC, as he leads a webinar about the current state of the window and door industry from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, November 14. This complimentary presentation is open to the public, and registration is now open.Collins will discuss the macroeconomic environment and pending legislation in the Trump administration, specifically EPA and DOE, as they pertain to the building products industry. An overview of the window...

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AAMA Schedules Instructor Accreditation Classes for InstallationMasters Programs

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is currently planning instructor training classes for the InstallationMasters® program. Those interested in becoming accredited instructors are encouraged to contact the association now to reserve their spot in one of the upcoming classes.An instructor accreditation class for the original InstallationMasters Program, covering both new construction and replacement applications, is planned for January 8-12, 2018, at AAMA headquarters in Schaumburg, IL. The fee to participate is $1,600 and registration can be completed by contacting education@aamanet.org.Additionally, an instructor training class for...

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Commercial Codes and Standards Columns

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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Industry Watch Columns

Although the term “disruption” sounds vaguely apocalyptic—conjuring asteroid impacts, nuclear war or some folks’ vision of climate change—in business, it refers to innovation that creates a new business model and market that eventually disrupts an existing one, displacing established market-leading firms, products and alliances.

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Keynote Speaker Brian Fielkow Speaks on Driving to Perfection, Leading People Safely at AAMA Fall Conference

A keynote speaker delivered 12 principles for “driving to perfection” when it comes to company culture, as well as the best ways to lead people safely in the workplace, during the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2017 National Fall Conference in Greenville, SC. Business leader and author, Brian Fielkow, laid out six principles Monday afternoon during his initial keynote address and then discussed his remaining six principles the following day. After each address, he led a discussion group to address questions related to his earlier...

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Dan Lavrich Dispels Myths, Presents Reality Pertaining to Wind, Water Damage at AAMA Fall Conference

The timely topic of wind and water-related codes was addressed at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2017 National Fall Conference. Dan Lavrich, P.E. and owner of Lavrich & Associates Consulting Engineers in Florida, presented "Wind, Water, Codes, Coverage: Myths & Realities." Lavrich is active in building code development in Florida and is currently performing inspections in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which hit Florida last month just after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, TX.Lavrich’s presentation covered his experience with how wind and water damage happens,...

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AAMA and World Vision Fill 500 Backpacks with Supplies for In-Need Children

During the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2017 National Fall Conference, volunteers filled backpacks with school supplies to benefit children at a local Title I elementary school in Greenville, SC. A total of 500 backpacks were filled and distributed during the event.After writing and including notes of encouragement for the current academic year, volunteers visited the school in person to distribute the backpacks. Hollis Academy is a Title I school that serves approximately 689 elementary students, according to Ken Arnold, Director of Attendance/ Social Work...

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Meryl Williams Highlights Merits of Social Media Platform LinkedIn During AAMA Fall Conference

LinkedIn, the online professional networking tool, was a topic of two workshops at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2017 National Fall Conference. AAMA Communications Coordinator, Meryl Williams, led a discussion about the social media platform called, “7 Actions You Can Take Today to Improve and Protect Your LinkedIn Profile.”“Even if you’re not currently job-hunting, you should care about the state of your current LinkedIn profile,” said Williams. “It’s always good to see what’s happening in your industry, how companies and roles are changing and...

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Workshops to Cover Business Prowess, Hurricane Recovery, LinkedIn at Fall Conference

AAMA conferences have always been a crucial way for the industry to get a temperature check on what’s relevant in the field. The upcoming Fall Conference in Greenville, SC, (October 15-18) is no exception and will feature a series of roundtable discussions, seminars and workshops geared toward professional development and industry knowledge.In addition to presenting two addresses, keynote speaker Brian Fielkow will host two roundtable discussions on related matters. His first address, “’Driving to Perfection’ - Strong on the Inside, Unbreakable on the Outside,” will...

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Contribute Backpack School Supplies, Attend Supplier Product Display at Fall Conference

There are several events happening only at the AAMA 2017 National Fall Conference (October 15-18), including the chance to better prepare children in Greenville, SC, for the new school year and an opportunity to showcase products at the AAMA Supplier Product Display.Spouses will be rolling up their sleeves again this fall to fill backpacks with school supplies that equip under-privileged children with essential tools. Sponsors for this annual event are still needed, as AAMA has a goal of filling and distributing 500 backpacks at a...

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AAMA Code Representative Julie Ruth Awarded International Code Committee Honorary Member Status

Julie Ruth, American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Code Representative, was awarded International Code Committee (ICC) Honorary Member status at the ICC Annual Conference and Expo held in Columbus, OH, earlier this month.This past spring, the ICC Board of Directors requested nominations for 2017 Honorary Members. An Honorary Member is considered to be a person who has been of outstanding service to the ICC. On behalf of AAMA, Diana Hanson, AAMA Codes & Regulatory Affairs Manager, submitted a nomination form for Ruth. A second nomination for...

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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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Architects Invited to Attend Fenestration Product Display

On October 17, architects from the Greenville area are invited to attend a complimentary fenestration product display from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., as part of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) National Fall Conference. Registered guests can visit fenestration product suppliers during the display to be held at the Hyatt Regency Greenville in the Gallery Room A on the second floor, while enjoying complimentary hors d'oeuvres and cocktails in a casual setting.Architects and others invested in the industry will also have the opportunity to network...

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AAMA Webinar to Cover Energy Code Requirements in Canada September 19

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is hosting a webinar that will cover the Canadian Energy Codes and Energy Acts. On September 19, Jeff Baker, President of WESTLab Canada and Technical Consultant for Fenestration Canada, will review a new proposal from Natural Resources Canada to transform the residential window market in Canada. The webinar is open to all in the industry.The current and recently announced updates to provincial codes in Canada are aggressive for fenestration products, but they are mild compared to the long-term changes...

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Early Bird Registration for AAMA Fall Conference Available Through September 23

Registration for the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2017 Fall Conference in Greenville, NC, is now open, and AAMA members can register online. Early bird rates are available until Saturday, September 23, and the conference takes place October 15-18 at the Hyatt Regency Greenville.At the Fall Conference, participants will hear twice from keynote speaker Brian Fielkow, president of Jetco Delivery, a logistics company specializing in regional trucking, heavy haul and national freight. On Monday, he will give a presentation called, “Driving to Perfection: Strong on...

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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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AAMA Now Scheduling Instructor Accreditation Classes for InstallationMasters Programs

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is currently planning instructor training classes for the InstallationMasters® program. Those interested in becoming accredited instructors are encouraged to contact the association now, so that as many schedules as possible may be accommodated.The original InstallationMasters Training and Certification Program, prompted in the 1990s by the Building Environment and Thermal Envelope Council (BETEC) through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and developed by AAMA, is a nationwide training and certification program for installers of new construction and replacement windows and...

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AAMA Announces Creation of Field Test Agency Accreditation

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announced the creation of the new Field Test Agency (FTA) Accreditation Program that credentials independent field testing agencies to support AAMA members, the fenestration industry, building owners and their agents. The Program also validates that these field test agencies are capable of testing fenestration products in the field utilizing the field test methods included in AAMA performance standards.“Air and water testing of installed windows, doors, skylights and commercial glazing is at an all-time high. Working with a qualified provider...

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Opening Thoughts from the Southeast Region Board of Directors

The AAMA Southeast Region 2017 Spring Meeting, held April 25-26, at Orlando, FL, received valuable information on regional code adoptions, resilient home standards, field testing accreditation, windstorm insurance solutions, workplace safety, innovate hurricane protection and energy efficiency financing, coordinating building envelope details and the state of the economy.Read on for information on the following:Southeast Region Working to Keep Pace with Model CodesFortified Home Program Defines Levels of ResiliencyField Testing Agency Accreditation Program LaunchFlorida Building Code and Approval Process UpdateFraud Raises Florida Windstorm Insurance RatesIntroducing the...

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Industry Basking in Improved Outlook

The long-heralded recovery of the window and door industry appears to have arrived, according to fenestration industry economics expert, Mike Collins of Building Industry Advisors, who identified the various positive and negative forces influencing the trajectory of industry fortunes.Collins listed positive macroeconomic factors as strongly improved employment statistics (an unemployment rate some 60 percent lower than five years ago) and a stabilized labor participation rate that has reached the same level (63 percent) as it was prior to the 2008 downturn. The 2017 GDP is...

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AAMA Releases Updated Standard Vertical Load Evaluation Method for Side-Hinged Door Slabs

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released an updated document to provide a standard method of evaluating side-hinged door active slabs for their ability to resist a vertical load. AAMA 925-17, the Specification for Determining the Vertical Loading Resistance of Side-Hinged Door Systems, determines the ability of a side-hinged door slab to remain operable following the application of a vertical load along the lock stile. It was last updated in 2013.“AAMA 925 has been updated to remove the collection of data-only methodology and incorporated...

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Fenestration Interfaces: The Devil is in the Detailing

At the Southeast Region Spring Meeting, Kevin Longest and Karen Zimnicki of Wiss, Janney, Elsner (WJE) reviewed common sources of bulk rainwater penetration at and around fenestration components in building enclosures and discussed the responsibility of the architect to understand and mitigate these risks. They reviewed case studies illustrating poor interface detailing, project document discrepancies and the consequences of shifting design responsibility “downstream.” Finally, they considered the potential of Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) to address these concerns.Uncontrolled rainwater penetration, condensation and moisture-related deterioration are the...

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PACE Offers Innovative Financing for Home Improvements

Measures to improve a home’s resistance to storm damage and/or enhance energy efficiency are often deterred by formidable upfront costs. The Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program seeks to remedy that situation by offering an innovative mechanism for financing windstorm damage protection and energy efficiency improvements on private property. Local governments, state governments or other inter-jurisdictional authorities, when authorized by state law, fund the up-front costs of improvements on commercial and residential properties.Property owners who voluntarily choose to participate in a PACE program repay their improvement...

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Introducing the Safety Playbook

Continuing to delve into the latest trends and techniques in workplace safety, the Southeast Region featured Sara Wallon, EHS Director for PGT Custom Windows + Doors of Venice, FL, who discussed approaches to developing a comprehensive company “Safety Playbook.”Wallon reviewed the characteristics of a safety culture that leads some organizations to become top performers. She challenged attendees to aspire to become visionaries instead of just compliers. The former she defined as those who “actively seek and learn more about safety methods and thinking” and are...

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Fraud Raises Florida Windstorm Insurance Rates

Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (Citizens) was created by the Florida Legislature in August 2002 as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, government entity to serve as the insurer of last resort, providing windstorm damage protection to home, business and condominium owners who are entitled to but are unable to find property insurance coverage in the private market. Coverage is funded by policyholder premiums. If the company’s surplus is depleted in the wake of a particularly devastating storm or series of storms, Florida law requires Citizens to levy assessments...

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Florida Building Code and Approval Process Update

The numerous compliance paths and varying requirements of Florida’s Building Product Approval (PA) system are subject to revision at every triennial code update cycle. These are implemented by the state’s Technical and Product Approval Team under auspices of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). Mo Madani, CBO, Technical Director for the PA operations, gave an in-depth update on the current state of the program.There are two paths for product approval: the state path and the local path.The state path covers approval of...

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Field Test Agency Accreditation Program Launch

AAMA Certification Manager, Jason Seals, explained the Field Test Agency (FTA) accreditation program, which AAMA plans to launch later this summer.Historically, in order to be accredited for field test methods such as AAMA 502, Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Newly Installed Fenestration Products, the field test agency must first be accredited as a full-service air-water-structural laboratory. The new program allows for independent accreditation for field testing alone. It is open to all providers of field test services, including consultants and design firms.To be an...

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Fortified Home Program Defines Levels of Resiliency

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has created the FORTIFIED Home™ program to help homeowners strengthen their homes against hurricanes, high winds, hail and severe thunderstorms.Remington Brown, PE, Senior Engineering Director for IBHS, explained that a FORTIFIED Home adheres to a set of engineering and building standards —developed using more than 20 years of storm damage investigations at the IBHS Research Center under the Component Materials Evaluation Testing (COMET) program. Dubbed the “National Standard for Resilient Construction,” the standards are designed to...

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Southeast Region Working to Keep Pace with Model Codes

Southeast Region code consultant, Dick Wilhelm, kicked off the code update segment of the AAMA Southeast Region Spring Meeting by pinpointing where the bulk of the building activity was underway. Just over three-quarters of the building permits issued across the 10-state region in 2016 were attributable to four states: Texas (34 percent), Florida (24 percent), Georgia (11 percent) and Tennessee (8 percent).The code status in the region as related to adoption of the requisite I-codes, is summarized as follows in order of the most active...

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AAMA Releases Updated Standard Test Method for Water Penetration Using Dynamic Pressure

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released an updated document to provide a standard water penetration test method when it comes to using dynamic pressure. AAMA 501.1-17, the Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Windows, Curtain walls and Doors Using Dynamic Pressure, establishes the equipment and procedures for testing.In it, a section on test equipment updated to clarify what to do for laboratory testing versus on-site testing.“The AAMA 501.1 dynamic pressure water test has been used as a laboratory test for over...

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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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Sustainability Speakers Focus on the Well Being of Building Occupants during AAMA Summer Conference

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) hosted two sustainability-centric speakers at its 2017 Summer Conference in Newport, RI, June 18-21. Because green issues continue to be of large interest within the fenestration industry, Soyoung Hwang explained the concepts within the WELL Certified Program and Edward Pavia provided an overview on material health transparency.WELL Buildings and FenestrationTo start out, Soyoung Hwang from the International WELL Building Institute gave a presentation Monday called, “A Window to WELL,” about understanding the link between health and the built environment....

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Keynote Speaker Shares Challenges, Opportunities Presented by Trump Administration at AAMA Summer Conference

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) invited Michael Collins, Building Industry Advisors, to address those at the 2017 AAMA Summer Conference about both the challenges and opportunities facing the industry in the wake of the new Trump administration. Collins gave a forecast on how Trump’s influence on matters such as immigration, China trade, health care and other big news topics could have on the industry.Decreasing Financial RegulationRepublicans are seeking to replace the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was passed in 2008...

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Manufacturers Hear Advice at AAMA Summer Conference on Avoiding Lawsuits

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) hosted Chip Gentry, founding member of Call & Gentry Law Group, to advise those at the conference about the important role of both proper installation and good insurance when it comes to avoiding litigation. “'Build it cheaper and faster’ is a core cause of construction defects,” said Gentry. “It means an inferior final project, and it's a chronic problem.”

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AEC President Jeff Henderson Talks Struggles with Chinese Aluminum, Curtain Wall Industry at AAMA Summer Conference

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) heard an overview of U.S. trade orders on Chinese aluminum extrusions and their impact on the curtain wall industry, thanks to Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) President, Jeff Henderson. Henderson spoke during a session at the AAMA National Summer Conference, June 18-21 in Newport, RI, about a 2011 AEC victory in a trade case against the People's Republic of China, and the impact of its ruling.After the win in the case, said Henderson, both anti-dumping and countervailing duties were put...

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AAMA Conference Kicks Off with Workshop about New AAMA Website Features, Tools

Supporting its recently redesigned website, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) hosted workshops covering the site’s new features during the AAMA National Summer Conference, June 18-21 in Newport, RI. Marketing Manager, Angela Dickson, led two sessions, guiding members and users through the new look of the site and how to use its latest tools. For those unable to attend during the event, a webinar covering these tips and tricks will be held July 18 and is open to the industry.“The new features to the site...

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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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Fiberglass Material Council Approves Publishing of Finishes Standards Suite During Annual Conference

The Fiberglass Material Council successfully balloted the 2017 versions of several finishes documents during the Annual Conference this past February. That suite of standards is now available in AAMA’s Online Store. Additionally, an update to the AAMA 305 is progressing, and is currently out for Task Group ballot. These topics and others will be discussed in June at the AAMA Summer Conference.305 Update Enters Final StagesFollowing various editorial changes, the FMC 305 Fiberglass Profiles Specification Review Task Group (Chair: Robert Plagemann [Tecton]) approved the revised...

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Door Council Discusses Conference Restructuring, Documents, More at Annual Conference

During the Annual AAMA conference in February in Phoenix, AZ, AAMA’s Door Council met and reviewed the work of several task groups and committees and discussed progress of document development. Additionally, a new group, the Side Hinged Door Acoustical Standards Review Work Group, was created during the conference. These matters and others will continue efforts during the Summer Conference June 18-21 in Newport, RI.Reorganizations Highlight Annual ConferenceThe subgroups of the Door Council took the opportunity of the recent Annual Conference to update their organization to...

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Wall Interface Council Makes Plans for Standards, Reviews Test Results, More at Annual Conference

Wall Interface Council Makes Plans for Standards, Reviews Test Results, More at Annual ConferenceThe Wall Interface Council worked through some changes to some self-adhering flashing standards, went over some testing results and made plans to continue an update to a Simulated Divided Lites document during the AAMA Annual Conference in February. They also addressed the work of the newly-named Sealants Maintenance Committee and discussed the industry-wide coordination of installation methods. These topics, among others, will be further discussed soon during the AAMA National Summer Conference...

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Documents Identified for Upcoming Review and Revision

During the Annual Conference held in Phoenix, AZ in February, WIC’s Document Management Committee issued marching orders for the next round of document updates. Several WIC-specific standards will undergo the review process soon, and are expected to have some changes made. Some of the documents that have been prioritized for review and the assigned committees or task groups include the AAMA 713, the AAMA 851, the AAMA 2400 and the FMA/AAMA/WDMA 100, 200 and 300 series. The dedicated groups for these documents will conduct the...

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Vinyl Material Council Debates Weathering, Hears Document Updates, More at Annual Conference

At the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ, the Vinyl Material Council reviewed some updates to standards and discussed an administrative change to InstallationMasters. They also heard an update from the Vinyl Institute and debated the merits of accelerated weathering and outdoor weathering. These topics and more will continue to be addressed at the next in-person event, AAMA’s Summer Conference in Newport, RI June 18-21.AAMA 1506 Update Project Seeks VotesThe updated AAMA 1506-04, Voluntary Test Method for Laboratory Heat Build-Up Effects on Fenestration Products,...

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Whether to Weather: Longer Term Exposure to Come?

The 303 Vinyl Profile Performance Standard Maintenance Task Group (chair: Jeff Franson [Quanex]) is circulating a second ballot for an update of AAMA 303-12, Voluntary Specification for Rigid Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Exterior Profiles. Even as this step unfolds, future considerations are already on the table for discussion.Revisit the laminates section of AAMA 303, once the new laminates document is complete.An update to AAMA 109, which describes vinyl profile certification, will be required once 303 is re-issued.Research into extending outdoor weathering tests for certification from the...

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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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