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Window & Door Magazine | Decoded Columns

No matter how stringent the building code or the underlying performance standard, proper installation is the ultimate key to performance quality of fenestration products. This can be more complicated than it may seem at first glance, owing to the variety of product configurations and the types of exterior walls into which they are to be installed.

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AAMA Advocates on Industry’s Behalf at Recent International Code Council Committee Action Hearings

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) worked on behalf of its members during International Code Council (ICC) Committee Action Hearings (CAH) April 28-May 8 in Albuquerque, NM. AAMA represented its members, working with other industry groups and interested individuals to take positive action on behalf of the fenestration industry.“AAMA was able to earn committee approval on a number of proposals which had failed to earn approval in previous code cycles,” said Kathy Krafka Harkema, AAMA Codes and Regulatory Affairs Manager. “Earning committee approval on code...

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What to Expect “When Cal/OSHA Comes Calling”

At the AAMA Western Region 2019 Winter Summit, Sean Paisan, an attorney specializing in OSHA matters with labor and employment law firm Ogletree Deakins, discussed safety compliance in the state of California and offered tips on dealing with Cal/OSHA. Paisan offered advice for those who are met with an incident and suggested knowing one’s rights before anything ever occurs, if it does.First, per Paisan, a company must report any serious work-related injury, illness or death of an employee within eight hours. A serious injury is...

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2019 California Energy Standards Continue Pursuit of ZNE

The new 2019 California Energy Standards, slated to take effect January 1, 2020, continues the state’s pursuit of its goal to achieve zero net energy (ZNE) by 2020 for residences and by 2030 for commercial buildings. Also known as Title 24 (Part 6), the standard defines ZNE as consuming only as much energy on an annual basis as can be generated on-site with a renewable energy system. To promote the renewable energy aspect, reported Joe Hayden (Pella) during the AAMA Western Region Summit, the 2019...

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