Two heads are better than one: AAMA members discuss their views on a topic assigned to them during the general session. The goal is for AAMA staff to gain member feedback on a variety of issues.
Two heads are better than one: AAMA members discuss their views on a topic assigned to them during the general session. The goal is for AAMA staff to gain member feedback on a variety of issues.

The fact that the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has 22 new members is yet another example that the industry is experiencing growth. The association is meeting this week in Orlando and this is just one of the many successes it highlighted during its general membership meeting yesterday.

AAMA president and CEO Richard Walker also noted that as part of the association’s strategic goals, it will aggressively promote its FenestrationMasters program in 2014. Additional steps include expanding its global footprint, developing a fenestration payback whitepaper and exploring the feasibility of developing an energy modeling tool.

Ray Garries, chairman of AAMA’s scholarship program, had a great way of promoting this initiative. “This is a great way of getting more non-gray-haired people into the industry,” he joked. But no laughing matter is the fact that approximately $130,000 has been given away since the inception of the scholarship program.

Later that night the association held its annual awards banquet and honored the work of several association members. Scott Condreay from Sapa Extrusions received the Distinguished Marketing Member Award; Mark Silverberg from Technoform received the Architectural Products Group Distinguished Service Award; Dean Ruark from PGT received the Residential Products Group Distinguished Service Award; and Steve Fronek from Wausau Window and Wall Systems received the Outstanding Member Award. The group also recognized those members who have participated in the FenestrationMasters program, including Quanex who has several employees who have received this designation.

Hazardous Chemicals

Moving into committee meetings, the Vinyl Materials Council Environmental Stewardship Committee included a presentation by Kevin Yocca, PMC, addressing Hazardous Chemicals and the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).

“It is a framework or guidance for classifying and labeling hazardous chemicals,” he said. “It is not a regulation, though OSHA is adopting it. Everyone will be affected by this.”

The new system will now give a number to a hazard: One now designates the highest hazard and four the lowest. He point out this is a reverse of other ratings and could cause confusion. Manufacturers are to comply with all GHS requirements by June 1, 2015.

Life Cycle Assessment

The Life Cycle Assessment Oversight Committee gave an update on the development of Product Category Rules (PCR) for windows, which AAMA is working on with the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA), the Glass Association of North America and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association. Mark Silverberg, Technoform, reminded attendees that the committee is looking to address the growing requests for disclosure of the environmental impact of building products. This is required for the creation of ANSI-approved Environmental Product Declarations.

High priority outstanding subjects that still need to be addressed include the Use Phase Energy Calculation Model. “Literally hundreds of hours of work went into devising this methodology,” said Silverberg. It will be derived from regression equations using the ASHRAE and IECC 2006 models using Energy Plus. However, the entire methodology has not yet been finalized.

Another subject that needs to be addressed surrounds skylights: creating residential skylight PCR rating analysis procedure guidelines using EnergyPlus model templates.

Questions arose from AAMA members about the use of daylighting and electrochromic glazing and how this will be incorporated into the PCR which is still yet to be determined.

A publication target has been projected for mid-2014.

Additional Committee Work

In the Glass Materials Council, the Understanding Glass Standards Task Group continued its work on a joint document with IGMA. The consumer-aimed document intends to address common questions that come up from homeowners. It also will highlight the industry’s various standards relating to glass and will include a frequently asked questions section.

The Residential Window Council Marketing Committee met for the first time with a goal of developing content about residential windows targeted to consumers, AAMA members, prospective members and other key stakeholder audiences. The content will be used on AAMA’s website, in member recruitment and retention materials and for other potential marketing use by AAMA.

The AAMA meeting continues through Wednesday. Stay tuned to™ for further updates as they become available.