Green and Sustainability Task Group Works on Green Specification
June 1, 2009
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) is
hosting its summer meeting this week in Minneapolis, and members
quickly went to work today to discuss important business. The Green
and Sustainability Specification Development Task Group met for
two hours this morning to discuss the latest version of the association's
Sustainable Products Certification Program Proposed Criteria. Tracy
Rogers of Edgetech IG serves as chair of the group.
|AAMA members met this morning for the Green
and Sustainability Specification Development Task Group where
they discussed the latest version of the association's Sustainable
Products Certification Program Proposed Criteria.
The proposed program may be likened to the USGBC's LEED program
in that it offers participants a specified number of points in a
range of different categories (though this program is fenestration
specific) including condensation resistance, variable transmittance
and other factors. But it also includes five mandatory criteria
that must be met to participate. These include: energy performance,
air infiltration, water resistance, structural performance and durability.
A company's products can receive different points based on these
factors. For example, in the energy performance category a product
would get different points based on the U factor of that particular
"When it comes to someone else's program this could be the
fenestration component they specify," said Rogers.
The program would include residential and non-residential products,
though one member noted he would like to see a strictly residential
Discussion did ensue over various specifics of the program, many
of which had to do with concerns regarding specific materials to
which Rogers said, "AAMA's whole goal is to be material neutral."
The group also discussed specific product groups including skylights.
A few representatives of the skylight industry said that skylights
should be looked at separately. Ultimately, the group decided to
create a separate rating category for each program in the North
American Fenestration Standard (NAFS), while still having commonalities.
"This doesn't mean we break up and start over," said
So the meeting continued with the factory-glazed windows component
of the program.
Much of this discussion centered on the issue of recycled content.
The Aluminum Materials Council presented a proposal outlining levels
of recycled content and how many points a product would get based
on those percentages. This created a great amount of feedback and
various members representing the vinyl industry said the numbers
were too high.
The proposal for pre-and post-consumer recycled content would give
2 points for 10-24 percent recyclability, 4 points for 24-40 percent,
6 points for 50-74 percent and 8 points for 75 percent and higher.
Terry Abels from Chelsea Building Products said these numbers would
hurt the vinyl industry. Others pointed out that there is no way
to reuse vinyl as is the case with other materials such as aluminum.
"One member pointed out, 'Now you understand the problem aluminum
has with U-factor."
Brent Slaton from Keymark, and a member of the Aluminum Materials
Council, said those proposed numbers can be changed and pointed
out that goal was to "put more emphasis on recyclability and
make it material neutral."
Ultimately, the group decided to put together a working group chaired
by Abels that would consist of at least one member of each of AAMA's
materials council that would determine what the appropriate levels
So while there may be differences of opinion, the members seem
to agree that the association is moving in the right direction with
development of this specification.
Abels stressed the importance of moving forward as did Rogers.
"The marketplace is moving forward without us," said
Rogers, emphasizing the importance that the group continues with
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