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At the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Summer Conference (June 18-21 in Newport, RI), an industry expert will answer the question, what does the Trump administration mean in terms of challenges and opportunities for the building products industry? A series of other speakers and panelists will discuss topics like U.S. aluminum trade with China, the WELL Building Standard, avoiding and defending lawsuits, an update from the Vinyl Institute and a workshop focused on the new AAMA website. A presentation about a cradle-to-cradle material program and a code update will also be given. Registration for the conference is now open.

Michael Collins (Building Industry Advisors) will undertake a review of the legislative changes and executive orders under the Trump administration and additional changes and programs currently being proposed. The discussion will be centered primarily on which proposed changes will impact the building products industry, whether positively or negatively. Knowing where those changes might have the greatest impact allows building products manufacturers to create plans to mitigate any challenges and maximize any potential opportunities.

Collins is a partner and Managing Director of Building Industry Advisors in Chicago. He leads the firm’s building products mergers and acquisitions advisory and capital placement practice. His research includes publishing benchmark surveys for the window and door industry, conducting semi-annual webinars on the state of the industry, tracking the level of foreign competition in a dozen different building products segments and writing for numerous industry publications. 

Jeff Henderson (Aluminum Extruders Council) will present An Overview of US Trade Orders on Chinese Aluminum Extrusions and Their Impact on the Curtain Wall Industry. Henderson will present the latest developments in the extruders trade case against China. Much has happened in the last few months, including a successful Sunset Review, decisions from Commerce on key scope issues and the emergence of new threats to the aluminum market. 

Soyoung Hwang (International WELL Building Institute) will discuss A Window to WELL on Monday. The buildings in which we live, work and play have a tremendous impact on our health, wellbeing and productivity, according to Hwang. This presents a unique opportunity to leverage the design, construction and operation of buildings to promote and improve human health. Building fenestration represents a way to introduce daylight into a space. Light exposure, in the form of both electrical lighting and daylight, has significant impacts on people’s moods, alertness and cognition. This session will provide an overview of the research behind the impact of light on human health, and the ways the WELL Building Standard® incorporates opportunities for health promotion via the introduction of daylight. The session will also review other strategies in WELL related to fenestration that go hand-in-hand with daylighting, such as the use of operable windows and impacts on air quality and acoustics, as well as thermal considerations related to heat gain.

AAMA Marketing Manager Angela Dickson will hold a workshop about the new AAMA website called AAMA Website – New Tools and Helpful Tips for Members, which will be repeated on Tuesday. AAMA member key website benefits will be highlighted, such as the new personal dashboard, the site’s ease of networking with members via a directory, access to AAMA’s social media channels and fully integrated member content, as well as content recommendations based on an individual’s site activity.

Chip Gentry (Call & Gentry Law Group) will speak on Plugging the Leaks on Lawsuits: A Primer for Fenestration Companies to Avoid and Defend Lawsuits in a Litigious World. This session will take place at two different times on Tuesday. There is no doubt we live in a litigious time. Everyone is a target. When you sell products into the stream of commerce, you necessarily open yourself up to lawsuits. The more you sell and the bigger you are simply increases the size of the target on your back. The key to avoiding lawsuits is to understand who typically sues fenestration companies, what the claims look like, what defenses you have and, most importantly, how you can be proactive to limit or even avoid lawsuits altogether.

Kevin Koonce (Vinyl Institute) will give an update on the work being done by his organization. The Vinyl Institute (VI) represents manufacturers of vinyl resins/ compounds, vinyl additives, modifiers and packaging materials and advocates the industry value in responsible manufacture, life cycle management and value to society.

Edward Pavia (Tox Services) will discuss Material Health Transparency (Cradle to Cradle Certified Program). During this presentation, the following will be discussed: issues surrounding the use of building materials and the potential for risk and exposure to certain materials within the building envelope; the difference between hazard-based reviews and those that also incorporate risk and exposure (hazard vs multi-attribute); polymer and residuals (very common in the building materials world); and USGBC LEED v4.

Julie Ruth (JRuth Code Consulting) will give a codes report, including information on the impact of various code-related activities as they pertain to fenestration products. Activities discussed will include the new requirements for fenestration in the 2018 International Building Code and International Residential Code, early stage development of the 2021 International Building Code, 2021 International Residential Code and 2021 International Energy Conservation Code, as well as ongoing efforts to merge the International Green Construction Code and ASHRAE 189.

Register now for the Summer Conference to hear these presentations and ask any questions you may have about these industry topics. Early bird registration is open through May 28.