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  • According to the Smithsonian, in the late 1700s, a large percentage of Europeans feared the tomato (a.k.a. “poison apple”) because people demonstrably got sick and died after eating them. It turns out that, because tomatoes are so high in acidity, when placed on then-common pewter tableware, the fruit would leach lead from the plate. This resulted in many deaths from what was, in... more »
  • Home ownership has long been the prime imperative for most households, but that may be changing. The number of new rental households has increased by 770,000 annually since 2004, according to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies—the strongest 10-year stretch of rental growth since the late 1980s. The millennial generation will form more than 20 million new households between 2015 and 2025... more »
  • As temperatures happen to rise, so, too, do new home sales. On June 4, the National Association of Home Builders,, reported new home sales up 6.8 percent in April over March, at a 517,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate. The average pace of new home sales for the first quarter of 2015 was 25 percent higher than in April 2014. AAMA’s 2014/2015 U.S. National Statistical Review and... more »
  • The issue of skylight fall protection is not new. Manufacturer members of the AAMA Skylight Council have been especially proactive over recent years in improving the installation and maintenance safety of their products. However, concerns have surfaced anew in the wake of a relative blizzard of reports of individuals falling through skylights while engaged in snow removal from beleaguered roofs... more »
  • Be it windmills or windows, energy saving measures are subject to cost-benefit analysis, which is often a point of contention between advocates and skeptics. In the building components sector, the discussion tends to focus on the cost-effectiveness of energy saving measures mandated by codes and/or encouraged by rating programs such as Energy Star. Usually, the defining metric is the payback... more »
  • In December of 2014, AAMA introduced AAMA 103-14a, Procedural Guide for Certification of Window, Door and Skylight Assemblies, a completely revised Certification Program guide designed to comply with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity Assessment— Requirements for Bodies Certifying Products- 2012, as the basis for ANSI accreditation. Until now, the program has been based on ISO... more »
  • Tax Credits Poised to Receive Last Minute Stay of Execution
    Housekeeping activities such as legislative extensions of tax credits are typically among those that get lost amid the politics until the last moment for Congress, and 2014 was no exception. Some 50 tax credits worth almost $42 billion were among those who received the nick-of-time reprieve on December 3, 2014 when the House voted 378-46 to reinstate them retroactive throughout 2014, setting the... more »
  • This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency issued label guidance for identifying window, door and skylight products that meet Energy Star Version 6.0 requirements. Section I of the document outlines labeling of products; Section II describes the proper use of display unit labels; and Section III presents guidelines for use of labels on packaging that obscures product labels. Guidelines for... more »
  • As fenestration products have evolved to encompass greater numbers and combinations of operator types, materials and performance criteria, their governing standard has grown substantially. Consider this: In the 25 years since the advent of the first truly material-neutral, performance-oriented standard—AAMA 101-88—the scope has grown from 44 pages referencing 14 operator types and 45... more »
  • Given the enormous amount of U.S. energy consumption attributed to buildings, the 2013 State of the Union address announced a new goal of reducing energy losses in buildings by 50 percent over the next 20 years. The latest Department of Energy Research & Development report, “Windows and Building Envelope Research and Development Roadmap,” provides guidance to help make this happen... more »