AAMA Day Two Continues in Chicago
June 8, 2010
|AAMA's Hardware Surface Test Task Group discussed
methods for determining the amount of lead included in fenestration
The amount of lead that can be included in fenestration hardware
loomed large as day two of the American Architectural Manufacturers
Association's (AAMA's) National Summer Conference came to a close
yesterday. The issue proved to be a bit of a lead albatross as members
of the Hardware Surface Test Task Group discussed draft language
for possible inclusion in the upcoming revisions of the North American
Fenestration Standard/Specification for Windows, Doors, and Skylights
(NAFS) developed by AAMA.
With suggested language due June 15, the task group debated recommending
a two-step criteria for uncoated hardware: a swab test and a second
criterion to be used if the hardware fails the swab test. After
a spirited debate, the vote on whether or not to send the draft
to the full committee ended in a tie, with AAMA immediate past president
Ray Garries offering to continue the discussion in the full Hardware
Committee meeting on June 8.
|Since green has "gone mainstream,"
AAMA's Green and Sustainability Committee will be incorporated
into other existing committees.
Earlier in the day, Green and Sustainability Committee chair Steve
Fronek of Apogee Enterprises announced the integration of that committee
into a variety of other committees. "Green has gone mainstream,"
he said, "it's a factor in everything we do and to have separate
committee seemed redundant and a poor use of our time."
These meetings were just two of the 35 separate committee, task
and work group meetings on topics ranging from door handles to skylight
performance. All this took place on Monday along with two general
sessions, a strategic plan report and a luncheon that featured veteran
newsman Bill Kurtis and Abraham Lincoln.
That's right, Abraham Lincoln. Billing him as "the last honest
politician to come out of Illinois," AAMA president and chief
executive officer Richard Walker introduced Lincoln to the luncheon
crowd where a reverent hush came over the attendees in honor of
the reasonable facsimile before them.
|Among other lunchtime speakers during AAMA's
Summer Conference was none other than Abraham Lincoln.
Walker also honored longtime staffer Florence Nicolici, AAMA meetings
manager, on her twenty-fifth year of employment with the association.
With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Walker recounted a "Top
Ten List of Things You Never Ask Florence" to the chuckles
and applause of a group that included her family and beloved grandson
Walker turned serious on number one: "Florence is the center
of her family, her church, AAMA staff and AAMA members. She is an
amazing lady," he added.
"I had a lot of fun working at CBS News," said veteran
anchorman Bill Kurtis, "but I never had as much fun as I did
owning my own business." Kurtis has owned his own documentary
company for the past 20 years and entertained the crowd with some
thought-provoking clips from his previous documentaries, including
one about how oil companies have ruined many of the waterways in
developing countries. "A very timely issue, and we covered
it more than ten years ago."
Kurtis wasn't the only diversion of the day, which ended with a
dinner cruise on Lake Michigan aboard the Mystic Blue.
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