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

2019

Multi-panel Door Certification Strategy Nears Completion, May (by Janice Yglesias)
More and more, architects are seeking ways to bring the outdoors in, melding a building seamlessly with its outdoor environment. Multi-panel door systems offer an increasingly popular way to accomplish this. Not only do multi-panel door systems offer aesthetic and health benefits due to improved indoor air quality and daylighting, technological improvements also allow these systems to occupy a greater area in the building envelope without compromising overall Yglesiasdoors. NAFS-17 specifies five different configurations and descriptions of how to designate folding door units of from two to five panels. In addition to testing for air infiltration, water penetration and structural performance under wind loading, folding doors are tested for deflection, force to latch, force to engage, thermoplastic corner weld strength, deglazing, and operating cycle/slam withstand.

Help (Still) Wanted: Labor shortage problem continues to grow, March/April (by Janice Yglesias)
In the Industry Watch column from March/April 2018, we noted that availability of qualified labor is increasingly seen as a major problem for both the construction industry and for manufacturers. If anything, the situation has worsened.

Market Insights: Latest market study highlights bright outlook, January/February (by Janice Yglesias)
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s, aamanet.org, annual fenestration market study has been a fixture of its service to the industry over many years, but its scope and rigor have increased over time. Manufacturers and suppliers are interviewed with a participation rate in excess of 50 percent and data from multiple secondary sources is triangulated to support the overall analysis.

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.