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AAMA to Host September 10 Webinar on Tornado, Hurricane Storm Shelters with Dave Stammen

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host a webinar entitled “ICC 500 – Tornado and Hurricane Storm Shelters” on September 10, open to all interested parties. Leading the webinar is Dave Stammen, Principal Engineer for the Building Science Group at UL. Register now for this complimentary session, part of AAMA’s regular webinar series.This webinar will provide an overview of the history of storm shelter guidelines, how ICC 500 was developed and the code requirements that drive storm shelter construction. Stammen will also address specific...

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Keynote Speakers to Serve as Guides to Future of Safety, New Products at AAMA Fall Conference

Two speakers will address the topics of product installation and plant safety at the AAMA Fall Conference (September 30 – October 3). Richard Hawk, motivational safety speaker and trainer for Make Safety Fun, will give a keynote presentation entitled, “The Future of Safety in Manufacturing Plants.” Matt Risinger, owner of Risinger & Co., specializes in architect-driven projects and will discuss installation techniques. Registration is now open for the conference, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines in Austin, TX.On October 1, Hawk...

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AAMA Presents Webinar on U.S. Labor Shortage and Retention with John Manzella, August 6

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) Western Region will host a webinar entitled “U.S. Labor Shortage and Retention” on August 6 covering the current labor shortage and how to retain skilled employees. Leading the webinar is John Manzella, a global business and economic analysis expert.“This webinar will help attendees better understand current labor trends, more accurately assess and reduce risks, and better prepare for what’s ahead,” said Manzella.The presentation will focus on the worsening U.S. labor and skills deficit. It will cover the difficulties of...

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Oak Moser Offers Leadership Advice at 2019 Joint AAMA and IGMA Summer Conferences

A senior management professional spoke about the need to develop interpersonal skills at the 2019 Joint American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) Summer Conferences, June 17-20 in Victoria, BC. Oak Moser, who has 33 years of experience leading and coaching teams, stressed the value of listening, assessing and empathizing as key skills for effective leaders.Moser offered tips to improve attendees’ understanding and ability to build stronger connections, influencing people of all personality styles across organizations and teams.“A team that is...

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UL/CLEB Seminar Breaks Down Canadian CSA A500 Building Guards Standard

Principal Engineer Robert Jutras (UL/CLEB) hosted a seminar called, “The Canadian CSA A500 Building Guards Standard, Explained” during the 2019 Joint American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Association (IGMA) Summer Conferences in Victoria, BC (June 17-20).The CSA A500 Building Guards Standard was developed in response to stakeholders who saw the need for a standard for materials, design, construction, testing and performance of building guards, said Jutras. The standard is important because these protective barriers prevent accidental falls from one level to another.Jutras’s...

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Keynote Speaker Covers Sustainability, Energy, the Future at Summer Conferences

A self-confessed “Greenpeace dropout” spoke about why he chose to leave the organization to find alternate routes toward protecting the environment during the 2019 Joint American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) Summer Conferences, June 17-20 in Victoria, BC. Dr. Patrick Moore has been a leader in the international environmental field for over 45 years. He is a co-founder of Greenpeace and served for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of Greenpeace International.“When Greenpeace...

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IGMA Glass Safety Awareness Council Shares Best Practices, Guidance for Preventing Workplace Injuries

Mike Burk (Sparklike) gave a presentation on workplace safety at the 2019 Joint American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) Summer Conferences in Victoria, BC (June 17-20). Burk is the Chair of the IGMA Glass Safety Awareness Council and has worked in the technical and training areas of the insulating glass industry for over 25 years.While refraining from offering any identifying details in terms of individuals or companies, Burk described recent workplace fatalities and offered suggestions for preventing similar incidents. This...

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CEC Promotes “Skinny” Triple Glazed Windows as Solution to Title 24’s Challenge

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is seeking to improve energy efficiency through alternate products, such as the Thin Triple window. During the AAMA Western Region Summit, Payam Bozorchami with the CEC discussed an important element of the 2019 California Energy Standard - the energy design rating (EDR) metric.EDR, the ratio of Time Dependent Valuation (TDV) energy used by a proposed home to the TDV of a 2006 IECC-compliant home, can be used to determine compliance with the California Energy Standard (Title 24). The resulting EDR...

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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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Essentials of the “Buy Clean California” Act

The Buy Clean California Act (formerly Assembly Bill 262) was signed into law on October 15, 2017. John Jewell of thinkstep explained to AAMA Western Region Summit participants that the goal is to accelerate greenhouse gas reductions by incorporating product manufacturing emissions information into procurement decisions, in the form of a Global Warming Potential (GWP) rating. The maximum acceptable GWP, set at the industry average of facility-specific GWP emissions for a given material, is determined by consulting recognized databases of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). The...

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