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The following articles written by AAMA staff were originally published in Door and Window Market Magazine.

2018

In Search of the “Best” Windows; Standards Ensure that Whatever You Choose, It’ll Perform, August/September (by Rich Rinka)
AAMA sometimes receives inquiries as to what are the “best” windows to use. I was told by a former co-worker before I joined AAMA that the “best” window is the one that your spouse likes. In reality, the answer is a bit more involved.

Hurricane-Tested Standards; Impact Products Must Be Installed Properly to Work, June/July (by Rich Rinka)
As the 2018 hurricane season ramps up, it is timely to review how special care in door and window installation can help withstand such storms.

There are three key considerations: structural resistance to high wind pressures, ability to withstand impact from windborne debris and resistance to penetration of wind-driven torrential rains. Installation quality is of particular importance in the case of water penetration, which has been cited as a major cause of failure for exposed door and window installations.

Safety: A Clash of Cultures; Make Sure Your Jobsite Values the Well-Being of Workers, May ( by Rich Rinka)
You have probably seen it at a construction site—particularly on a residential job. Workers are young, tend to be brash, and fancy themselves tough guys immune to accident or injury. Employees sometimes roll their eyes at Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), scoffing at Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. Some giggle at the idea of fall protection. They think it won’t happen to them.

Fiberglass Reaches the Next Level; Updates to Standard Reflect Material’s Growing Stature, March (by Rich Rinka)
Window performance is a complicated concept. The big picture is not defined just by U-value or glass type. It is not discerned by debating the purported merits of the different framing material. Each framing material offers its own unique performance characteristics and special advantages for dealing with the performance challenges posed by climate, building design, buyer preference and/or budget for various applications. Any controversy based on the purported generic superiority of material type is rendered virtually immaterial when one stops comparing the basic characteristics of isolated samples of unsupported material and concentrates on the performance of the complete fenestration unit.

NAFS 2017 Updates; It’s More User-Friendly Than the Previous Version, February (by Rich Rinka)
A fitting cap to an eventful year was the release of the 2017 edition of the North American
Fenestration Standard (NAFS) — aka AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/IS2/A440. Six years in the making since the previous 2011 edition, the updated standard for windows, doors and skylights features revisions that at once expand coverage yet render the standard significantly more user-friendly.

PVC Use Grows As Technology Advances; Strong Standards Have Helped Spark a Materials Revolution, December/January (by Rich Rinka)
A landmark in the industry’s historic progression beyond fenestration framing made of either wood or aluminum was AAMA 303, Voluntary Specification for Rigid Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Exterior Profiles. Issued 20 years ago, it was the first among today’s polymeric material specifications, which now include six formulations in addition to PVC (fiberglass, ABS, composites, etc.).

2017

Trust but Verify: The Windows Version; Accredited Field Testing Can Set Customers’ Minds at Ease, November (by Jason Seals)
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.

Are Your Patio Doors ADA-Compliant? Accessibility Isn’t Just the Law; It’s the Right Thing to Do, October (by Rich Rinka)
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has prompted several government agencies to publish regulations and guidelines requiring that public buildings and multi-family dwellings (buildings consisting of
four or more dwelling units) include certain features of accessible design, all of which reference ICC/ANSI A117, Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. The latter identifies three types of dwelling or sleeping units. Each may include balconies, patios or terraces. These are classified as Type B units (often called “adaptable” units), Type A units and “Accessible” units, which are fully wheelchair-accessible.

HUD Regulates Manufactured Housing: But Will Agency Adopt AAMA’s Updated Standards?, August/September (by Rich Rinka)
For decades, regulations governing the construction of manufactured housing units have been communicated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the form of its Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards, 24 CFR 3280.

Drainage Systems: Hidden Helpers; They Keep Water Out, But You Don’t Always See Them, June/July (by Rich Rinka)
The vertical elements of the building envelope—including doors and windows—should be viewed as a complete system rather than a collection of separate components. The portion of this system known as the water-resistive barrier (WRB) must shed rainwater from the roof to the ground without allowing penetration into the wall cavity or the building interior. The critical consideration in a door or window installation is to
be certain that it is fully integrated with the WRB, thereby maintaining the integrity of the drainage plane of the exterior wall.