Latest Articles in Design & Performance

  • 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 »
  • How one architect designed a dream home on an energy diet
    Background: Homeowners Jesse and wife Shannon Lizer wanted to build a home that was highly energy efficient. “I didn’t need to hit Passive House standards, but I wanted high insulative values and super low air infiltrations,” Jesse explains. As an architect, he knew that, along with the shell would come requirements for windows and doors that would meet their energy goals... more »
  • Quality management systems and unintended consequences
    Editor’s note: This column is the last in a two-part series on the new AAMA 103-14a Procedural Guide for Certification; read part one here. In part one of this article, we reviewed many of the significant changes found in AAMA 103-14a, the Procedural Guide for Certification of Window, Door and Skylight Assemblies. This is the supplement to “AAMA 101” as it completes the answer... more »
  • Humor yourself for a moment and read this out loud really fast: nail fin; flush fin; mounting flange; frontal flange; face flange; frontal fin; non-frontal flange; mounting fin; exterior flush fin; surface flange. So far, our industry has come up with these 10 terms (and a few others) to describe a grand total of two window frame appendages. I’m actually kind of amused by this and I’m... more »
  • This month’s discussion of the new 2015 International Code requirements for fenestration shifts to the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code. The 2015 IECC offers a new, alternate compliance path for residential construction. The new provisions are based upon establishing an Energy Rating Index for the new home. The ERI compares the anticipated energy usage of the home to that of a... more »
  • I received a note last week in response to our recent Energy Star Education article from Nick Bottaro of Bottaro Associates, expressing how pleased he was to read that industry professionals are comfortable with the “bar being raised again with regard to the efficiency of fenestration products.” He writes: “Those of us who were in on the ground floor, back in the mid-1990s,... more »
  • Editor’s note: This column is the first in a two-part series on the new AAMA 103-14a Procedural Guide for Certification; read part two here. At the end of 2014, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association published a new standard for the processes required to establish and support AAMA certification of a window or door product. The Procedural Guide for Certification, AAMA 103-14a,... more »
  • Dealers work to train sales teams, homeowners as new guidelines take effect
    For many dealers across the country, getting up to speed on the Energy Star v6.0 specification will be among their New Year’s resolutions. As of January 1, 2015, manufacturers must use the v6.0 product specification when labeling products for the North-Central, South-Central, and/or Southern Climate Zones. Manufacturers may continue to use the v5.0 product specification for the Northern... more »
  • Note: While the content of this installation of Code Arena may seem of more interest to the commercial side of the industry, the information is pertinent to those supplying the residential market in that the requirement is for an Emergency Escape and Rescue Opening in shelters that are only required to have one door. Typically, this would be provided by a residential window manufacturer that... 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 »