AAMA Southeast Region Spring Meeting Draws
Industry Experts to Discuss Industry Issues and State Code Developments
April 12, 2010
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) held
the 2010 Southeast Region Spring Meeting on March 30-31 in San Antonio,
to bring together individuals and experts to discuss issues currently
affecting the fenestration industry in the region. The meeting drew
attendees from a variety of companies and geographic locations and
brought together industry experts to provide information and education.
Dr. Scott Norville, professor of civil and environmental engineering
at Texas Tech University, began the meeting with a presentation
discussing upcoming changes to architectural glass design using
ASTM E1300. David Pate of TBM Consulting Group discussed the possibilities
for rapid operational improvement, new competitive advantages and
sustained growth through the principles of lean manufacturing.
Chuck Anderson, AAMA codes and industry affairs manager and Southeast
region director, presented updated state code information for the
region. A new feature was presented during the meeting whereby each
state will have its own dedicated web page with updated Southeast
region code information in the Members Only section of the association's
The AAMA Southeast Region Technical Committee met to discuss multiple
issues including the status of the AAMA 520 document, Voluntary
Specification for Rating the Severe Wind-Driven Rain Resistance
of Windows, Doors and Unit Skylights. This publication currently
is being reviewed by all AAMA accredited laboratories for any potential
issues that may arise regarding repeatability, adherence to the
test tolerances cited, length of time taken to complete testing
and any other considerations concerning this test method. Comments
received from the reviewing test labs were discussed by the Technical
Committee. These members also discussed installation testing, as
well as changes to laboratory calibration requirements.
Additionally, during the Spring Meeting, an update on the development
of the AAMA Green Certification Program was given by Tracy Rogers
of Edgetech I.G., chair of the AAMA Green and Sustainability Specification
Development Task Group. Scott Warner of Architectural Testing Inc.
provided a summary of development of the 2011 update of AAMA/WDMA/CSA
101/I.S. 2/A440-08, NAFS - North American Fenestration Standard/Specification
for windows, doors, and skylights.
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