The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) held its summer
meeting this week in Victoria, B.C., which was attended by approximately 360 people.
Many important business matters were discussed, including the consolidation
of AAMA and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA). During the opening
session, John Burnett, AAMA president, went through a presentation that chronicled
the discussions between the two groups, emphasizing concerns that members had
voiced at the annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in February. He went through
each point of concern and then explained what had happened in the talks since
He emphasized that what he was talking about were proposals, which have been
agreed to by both consolidation teams, but had not been voted on or approved by
Included among the agreed upon proposals are the following:
Burnett also explained that there would be one certification program, and that
current programs will run "as is." This, he called a "big area
that will take a lot of work."
Also, the consolidation teams have put together a tentative proposal to have
a board structure consisting of 13 to 16 members. Of those, three will be residential,
two architectural, two door, one supplier and two to four at-large manufacturers,
as well as the past president and other officers.
Burnett said that the timeline is to have a ballot out by the end of the year.
"There are still critical hurdles that have to be dealt with," he
pointed out. He called the next meeting of the consolidation teams, set for July
Julie Ruth, AAMA code consultant, provided an update on the happenings within
the codes arena. She explained that the International Codes Council (ICC) code
development cycle is now at the stage where public comments have been made and
the next step is the final action hearings. At these hearings, only code officials
She reported that the Joint Code Committee (JCC), which was set up by AAMA
and WDMA, has been a success in terms of what it supported and what it opposed.
Its success percentage in the last round of code hearings was significantly higher
than the norm.
She also spoke about the U.S. Energy Bill, which was introduced in March and
passed while the group was holding its last meeting. "Speedy," was her
response. She said that she had been prepared to provide information about the
bill but had not considered that it would be passed already. The bill provides
tax incentives for both residential and commercial building.