AAMA Discusses Green Building Survey Results;
Continues R&D for Green Fenestration Certification Program
July 1, 2009
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) shared
its initial Green Building Survey results at the AAMA National Summer
Conference in Minneapolis. Among all the survey's findings, 77 percent
of respondents reported a product-based green certification program
for residential and commercial fenestration would benefit the product
selection process for their company.
AAMA says it will use the survey responses as additional input
to shape a green fenestration certification program the association
"It also will shape the input, coordination and outreach it
provides to building code departments and authorities having jurisdiction,
as green building best practices evolve into code requirements nationwide,"
says Rich Walker, AAMA president and chief executive officer. "Architects,
builders and contractors will look to AAMA-certified products and
verified components to meet their green projects' performance requirements
for safety, energy efficiency and durability."
According to an association announcement, AAMA representatives
administered the Green Building Survey during 2008 and 2009 trade
shows and conferences. Respondents answered questions about green
topics and a green fenestration certification program.
For the remainder of 2009, AAMA plans to continue conducting the
survey and will evolve questions to inquire about the American Reinvestment
and Recovery Act and how the stimulus package is impacting green,
energy-efficient construction and renovation in the industry.
"At this point, it is important to expand the reach of the
survey to test and validate the preliminary input received from
our limited sample of respondents. However, these initial findings
clearly indicate that AAMA members' products are essential elements
in green buildings, homes and interiors spaces," says Walker.
"Interestingly, of the architects who completed the survey
at the AIA expo, an overwhelming majority - 82 percent -- cited
that a product-based green certification program would help with
better information for product selection and time efficiency, ease
of green building compliance and education.
He continues, "We're learning that architects, manufacturers
and suppliers are more involved in green credentials and processing
credits to apply for green credentials than builders are right now.
However, green building is important to all those in the construction
industry with energy-efficiency being the top priority."
Daylighting was a strong second priority among survey respondents.
Participants at the AIA show ranked occupant comfort as the next
most important topic, where as respondents from the other conferences
ranked product quality and occupant safety as their next most important
Walker also notes that AAMA's surveys consistently show the U.S.
Green Building Council's LEED® Green Building Rating System
and the U.S. Department of Energy's ENERGY STAR® program are
viewed as the most important sources for green building information
by all audiences.
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