The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) wrapped up its annual conference on Wednesday, and the consensus seems to be that the numbers are up on a variety of fronts.

Frank Koos, general secretary at EuroWindoor, gives a presentation Tuesday at the AAMA annual conference.
Frank Koos, general secretary at EuroWindoor, gives a presentation Tuesday at the AAMA annual conference.

In its opening general session earlier in the week, the association reported that it has gained 34 new members since its fall 2014 meeting. Another milestone is that 2014 resulted in the publishing of 31 new documents—the largest number of documents ever published in a one year time frame, according to association staff.

Bob Simon, Gossen Corp., was named AAMA’s 2014 honorary member joining a distinguished group.

Mary Garcia, World Vision, updated the group on those door and window manufacturers that continue to donate products to the Christian humanitarian group. Window companies that continue to contribute products include PGT Industries, and new participants include American Renolit, which gave a first time donation to World Vision’s West Virginia Storehouse.

“To companies not supporting us, here is a reason to do so,” said Garcia. “Consider donating a few truckloads per year, and talk to dealers about buy back donations. If you are sending to landfills, we will pick it up for you. It is my hope, as you return to your office, you will consider this appeal.”

European Standards

Ending the day Tuesday was a presentation on European Legislation and Standardization for Fenestration Products by Frank Koos, general secretary at EuroWindoor.  He started by sharing a few facts on the European market, noting that the construction sector provides 20 million direct jobs and contributes 10 percent to European domestic product.

“The European union invests 6.2 billion in new technology,” he said.

He pointed out that in Europe buildings are responsible for 40 percent of energy consumption and 36 percent of Co2, “so there are high political requests to reduce those,” he said. “New buildings must be net zero by 2021 at the latest.”

Koos said that Europe has an Eco Design Directive, and eco-labeling may be coming.  He also pointed out that each country has its own standardization body. “This means it is difficult to trade and there is multiple testing.”

Just as the U.S. deals with government invention, Koos said in Europe, “there is a daily struggle with the bureaucracy, and added “there is a duty to communicate information.”