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Shintech Director of Technical Development Discusses Attributes of PVC Resins, Compounds at AAMA Fall Conference

Those attending the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2018 Fall Conference heard from Sylvia Moore, Director of Technical Development at Shintech, regarding PVC resins and compounds and their different attributes. She discussed the versatility of the material, as well as the importance of sustainability efforts pertaining to PVC.“This presentation is geared toward explaining the different attributes of PVC resins and how to evaluate resins coming into the plant,” said Moore. “It’s also about how the different attributes related to finished product quality and how different...

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Sustainable Solutions Co-Founder Discusses Transparency, EPDs During AAMA Fall Conference

The co-founder of a firm specializing in corporate sustainability programs led those attending the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2018 Fall Conference in a discussion about why sustainability should matter to the fenestration industry. Tad Radzinski, PE, ISSP-CSP, LEED AP, SFP and co-founder of Sustainable Solutions, presented “Transparency Training: Utilizing LCAs and EPDs to Drive Sustainability,” which outlined what is driving transparency and why it is crucial for a successful enterprise.First off, Radzinski noted that customers, architects and young people are asking for sustainability more...

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Social Media Workshop Lays Out Differences Between Platforms During AAMA Fall Conference

A social media workshop about using different platforms provided ideas for effectively communicating a singular message to various audiences during a recent industry event. American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Communications Coordinator, Meryl Williams, led the session entitled “Getting Your Message Across on Multiple Platforms” at the AAMA 2018 Fall Conference in Tucson, AZ.First, Williams gave a short overview of the previous three social media workshops conducted at AAMA conferences about LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram, explaining that the current workshop was a culmination of those three...

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AAMA Fall Conference Keynote Speaker Meagan Johnson Draws Positives from Generational Differences

A “generational humorist” discussed how Baby Boomers and Millennials can better work together as the keynote address during the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2018 Fall Conference. Meagan Johnson, a Gen-Xer, said she has been speaking about how to work with the younger generation since 1998.Johnson’s intent is to help employees think differently and act decisively when dealing with multiple generations. Each generation has been influenced by the major historical events, social trends and cultural phenomena of their time, said Johnson. Consequently, each has different...

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Safety Roundtable Advocates for Letting OSHA into Plants as Safety Performance Partner

Those attending the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2018 Fall Conference were encouraged to think about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in a different light when it comes to implementing a culture of workplace safety. Mike DeSoto, MI Windows and Doors Chief Operating Officer, and Allison Mendibles, Regional Human Resources Manager/Safety Manager, shared their insights about one of their company’s plant locations in Prescott Valley, AZ, earned the prestigious Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) star last year.Per OSHA, the VPP recognizes employers and workers...

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

During the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2018 National Fall Conference, volunteers filled backpacks with school supplies to benefit children at a local Title I elementary school in Tucson, AZ. A total of 500 backpacks were filled and distributed during the event.This build was coordinated in partnership with World Vision, a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities to help them reach their full potential. World Vision does this by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice.“AAMA remains committed to...

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Networking in High Demand at AAMA Fall Conference October 15-18

Next month’s AAMA Fall Conference in Tucson, AZ won’t just be a setting for getting task group and committee work done and learning from a slate of expert speakers – it is also where industry leaders can connect on- and off-site. Several opportunities for networking will be offered all week, including the AAMA Supplier Product Display, the annual World Vision backpack build and some unique optional outings. Register now for the AAMA Fall Conference, taking place October 15-18.Supplier Product DisplayAAMA Category 1 members are encouraged...

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AAMA to Host Webinar on Glazing System Performance During Hurricane Irma

During this already active hurricane season, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host a webinar about lessons learned from 2017’s Hurricane Irma, which primarily impacted Florida. AAMA will host Chris Matthews, Vice President and Senior Consultant of GCI Consultants, as he speaks about glazing system performance during Hurricane Irma. Observations from hundreds of inspections conducted from the Northeast to the Southeast to the Southwest of Florida will be shared. Register now for “Hurricane Irma | Lessons Learned,” taking place at 11:30 a.m. Eastern on...

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AAMA Fall Conference Registration Now Open, Keynote Speaker Meagan Johnson to Examine Generational Differences

Registration for the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2018 Fall Conference is now open, with early bird pricing continuing through September 21. The keynote speaker for the event, generational humorist Meagan Johnson, will ask those attending to think differently and act decisively when working with multiple generations in the workplace. Register now for this industry event.“All generations have been influenced by the major historical events, social trends and cultural phenomena of their time,” said Johnson. “Consequently, each generation has come away with different values, standards...

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August 7 AAMA Webinar to Review Changes to Prop 65 Labeling

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will hold a webinar led by attorney John Nolan of the Gary Law Group about the upcoming changes to labeling requirements dictated by California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, more commonly known as Prop 65. The complimentary, public webinar will begin August 7, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern and is sponsored by AAMA’s Western Region. Register now to reserve a spot.“These requirements may have a direct impact on businesses,” said Mark Wolonsky (H.B. Fuller), President of...

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Canadian Energy Codes Status

Jeff Baker (Fenestration Canada) presented an update on the status of Canadian energy codes at the AAMA Western Region Summer Summit. These codes are contained in Section 9.36 of the National Building Code (NBC) for new residential buildings and in the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) for commercial projects.Evolving Energy RegulationsSection 9.36 of the NBC divides the country into six zones based on heating degree days (HDD). Maximum U-factor requirements for new residential windows, given in W/m2°C, range from 1.8 down to 1.4 (equivalent...

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NFRC Exploring New Compliance Options

In addition to the NAFS Simplification process update at the Western Region Summer Summit, Joe Hayden (Pella) further reported that recent months have seen significant activity at NFRC, including updates on FenStar, Product Certification Program (PCP) Simplification Initiatives, Residential Component Based Calculation (RCBC) and the NFRC Condensation Index (CI).FenStar™NFRC’s new FenStar Certification Program (FCP) was formed to meet an EPA mandate that the program used to certify ENERGY STAR® performance must be independently accredited to ISO/IEC 17065, as is the AAMA certification program, rather than...

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California Housing Crisis Looms

Erin Guerrero, Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the California Building Industry Association (CBIA), reviewed legislative issues in the state during the recent AAMA Western Region Summer Summit, focusing on legislation related to housing.The statistics on housing in California are staggering, with many Californians priced out of the market. Issues related to building low income housing include the cost of land, which is constantly rising, as well as the prevailing wages (due to the power of the unions). The prevailing wage (which can vary) can...

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Future Windows: A View to 2050

In a presentation at the June AAMA Western Region Summer Summit, Stephen Selkowitz, recently retired from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), put forward his vision for a “net zero building envelope,” by moving the energy impact of a building’s façade from today’s net loss to zero and then to net positive. Selkowitz sees this as a challenging concept, but one that means new business opportunities, greater occupant benefits and increased value in the real estate market as well as very large energy and cost savings.In...

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Progress Continues on NAFS Simplification Project

During the AAMA Western Region Summer Summit in June, Joe Hayden (Pella) reported on the continuing efforts of AAMA, CSA and WDMA to simplify the 226-page standard to be more user-friendly. Full simplification is now targeted for completion no later than early 2022 (was June 2019) for reference in the 2024 US I-Codes and the 2025 Canadian National Building Code.The first ballot of the draft revision (April 2017) was unsuccessful at AAMA, with only 88 of the required 106 responses received. There were also a...

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2019 California Energy Standards Take Shape

California has been pursuing a multiple year process to improve energy efficiency with a goal of net zero by 2020, reported Ken Nittler, PE (WESTLab), during the recent AAMA Western Region Summer Summit. However, the metrics are complicated. For example, homes with both gas and electricity are a large hurdle to evaluating zero net energy (ZNE).Title 24 (Part 6), scheduled for implementation on January 1, 2020, has established the goal that new building standards achieve Net Zero Energy (NZE) levels by 2020 for residences and...

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AAMA National News Reviewed at Western Region Summer Summit

At the AAMA Western Region Summer Summit, Janice Yglesias, AAMA Executive Vice President, provided an overview of national developments for a range of topics, including AAMA’s education programs, the AAMA Field Test Agency Accreditation Program, ENERGY STAR®, codes and more.Education ProgramsVersion 2.0 of FenestrationMasters professional education and certification is targeted for release late this year and will include updated training material, content repackaged into shorter segments and upgraded technology to enhance course delivery.The InstallationMasters Replacement program was released in July 2017 with added content based...

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UL/CLEB Reviews Canadian Codes, NAFS-11 Supplement During AAMA Summer Conference

UL/CLEB sponsored a workshop at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2018 Summer Conference in Lake Tahoe, clarifying what manufacturers need to know when it comes to Canadian codes and CSA A440S1-17, the Canadian supplement to the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS)-11. Robert Jutras, Principal Engineer, led the overview, touching on Canadian building codes, including codes for building envelopes and fenestration.Canadian building codes are broken down into four model codes: National Building Code; National Plumbing Code; National Fire Code; and National Energy Code for Buildings. In Canada,...

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