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The following articles written by Janice Yglesias (AAMA Executive Vice President) were originally published in Window & Door Magazine.

2018

Fenestration Advancements on the Horizon: Setting standards for innovations to come, September (by Janice Yglesias)
It appears that the future of windows and doors will involve the confluence of technologies that previously have had little to do with fenestration products. Some examples of improved fenestration functionality being conceptually introduced around the industry involve automatic operation of fenestration products, as well as integrated security, locking and alarm systems. There are also plans for electrochromic, thermochromic and photochromic glazing controls, as well as automated shading systems for dynamic control of solar gain and daylighting, and for Zero Net Energy buildings with power sources (such as photovoltaics) and associated control systems integrated into windows. And, even the integration of devices that detect and monitor the status of the window itself as well as environmental conditions and the status of other building systems is a concept on the drawing board.

Improving Safety Culture: The benefits of risk management in terms of safety, June/July (by Rich Walker)
With much of the industry discussion centering on the shortage of qualified labor that plagues both the manufacturing and construction sectors of the industry, a common theme revolves around changing the general perception of the work we do. Among the top is that manufacturing is perceived as outdated, dirty and dangerous. That last one—“dangerous”— needs further elaboration. In homage to National Safety Month, spearheaded by the National Safety Council, nsc.org, and observed in June, we’ll look at it here.

State of Declarations: The increasing role of environmental impact disclosures, May (by Rich Walker)
More and more rating systems, standards and green building codes—LEED V4, ASHRAE 189.1 and IgCC, respectively—require companies submit Environmental Product Declarations (also known as “ecolabels”) and, by extension, their foundational documents, Product Category Rules. EPDs are also increasingly a contractual requirement; in California, for example, EPDs will be mandatory for state projects per Assembly Bill AB262.

New Tax Act: Good news/bad news for business, March/April (by Rich Walker)
The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is largely positive for business but has some potentially devilish details to navigate. This is an inevitable result for a measure pieced together through a myriad of compromises among varied interests. But then, as has also been observed, if both sides are dissatisfied, chances are it’s a good deal overall.

The Skilled Labor Shortage: How manufacturers can take the lead on addressing the issue, January/February (by Rich Walker)
Availability of qualified labor is increasingly seen as a major problem for both the construction industry and for manufacturers. In the former case, the National Association of Home Builders, nahb.org, reported in a 2017 Eye on Housing blog that the percentage of its surveyed builders who indicated that cost and availability of labor is their most significant problem skyrocketed from 13 percent of builders in 2011 to 82 percent in 2017.

2017

Industry Evolution: Disruption? Or windows of opportunity?, October/November (by Rich Walker)
Although the term “disruption” sounds vaguely apocalyptic—conjuring asteroid impacts, nuclear war or some folks’ vision of climate change—in business, it refers to innovation that creates a new business model and market that eventually disrupts an existing one, displacing established market-leading firms, products and alliances.

Energy Star’s Future: Could privatization be a positive for the fenestration industry?, September (by Rich Walker)
Energy Star has become a highly visible target for budget sharpshooters looking to reduce the nation’s critical $20 trillion debt—some make a valid argument in this regard, but it’s also a potential excuse to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

Do the Benefits of Regulations Truly Outweigh the Costs?New legislation seeks to ensure that’s the case, August (by Rich Walker)
This May, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed the proposed Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017, which seeks to reform the process federal agencies use to analyze and formulate new regulations.