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  • How codes are adapting to Wildland-Urban Interface
    Suburban sprawl, where new neighborhoods impinge on fire-prone open grasslands, forests or brushy areas, has created a complex landscape known as the Wildland-Urban Interface. While these attractive neighborhoods offer views and access to nature, all are put at risk during a brush or wildland fire. The landmark 2002 fire season served as the catalyst for a concerted effort to develop WUI codes... more »
  • Bringing manufactured housing fenestration certification up-to-date
    AAMA third-party certification of manufactured housing fenestration has been around since 1983 and so has the Procedural Guide for the program—at least until recently. AAMA 104, Procedural Guide for Certification of Manufactured Home Fenestration Products: Windows/Sliding Doors, Emergency Exit Windows and Devices, Swinging Exterior Passage Doors of that vintage has served well as the basis... more »
  • Depending on who one listens to, one could believe that the economy is either circling the bowl or firing up at the launch pad. The best focus in the midst of all of this confusion may simply be to regain some sense of normalcy. What might be the best case scenario? Perhaps we should turn to the likes of William B. Greiner, CFA, chief investment strategist for Mariner Wealth Advisors—a... more »
  • Fenestration rarely achieves the pinnacle of notoriety for technological advancement enjoyed by iPhones, advanced pharmaceuticals or new space vehicles, but one recent development comes close. The Solar Decathlon, a biennial competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, challenges teams from the world’s most prestigious institutions to design, build and operate solar-powered... more »
  • 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, nahb.org, 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 »