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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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