AAMA Develops Full Agenda for Coming Months

June 11, 2008
Meetings & Events

Hershey, Pa.—The American Architectural Manufacturers Association set the table for some busy months ahead as it concluded its summer conference at the Hotel Hershey here last week. The group made plans to address the side-hinged door certification issue before the next cycle of code changes, as well as develop a new format for the next edition of the AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 window and door standard.

The meeting also featured much discussion on the creation, within AAMA, of a green certification program for fenestration products. For more information, see WDweekly’s initial report on the AAMA meeting last week.

AAMA’s door council is planning to host a focused meeting in July to develop a program that would allow interchangeability of certified components to create a certified door. Richard Biscoe of Architectural Testing, representing the door council, said it hopes to gather all stakeholders—including pre-hangers, component suppliers and door systems suppliers—with representatives of AAMA, as well as the Association of Millwork Distributors and the Window & Door Manufacturers Association.

Jeld-Wen’s Ray Garries noted the urgency to establish the interchangeability system, as the International Code Council is likely to lose patience with the industry and require side-hinged door certification, as it does for windows, sliding doors and other products, under the AAMA/WDMA/CSA joint standard. It was also noted that manufacturers will need time to get their side-hinged door products tested, so the sooner a system is in place, the better.

At a task group session focusing on the joint standard, planning for the next round of International Code updates, Steve Fronek of Apogee Enterprises presented a change in format designed to make the document easier to use. His proposal, which the group voted to recommend, would divide the document into sections covering residential-type (R and LC) products, commercial (CW and AW) products, doors, unit skylights and tubular daylighting devices. The format would also establish placeholder sections for curtain wall, window wall, storefront and sloped glazing.

Within the various sections, he also proposed separating requirements that apply to the U.S. only, those applying to Canada only and those applying to both.

With the California Air Resource Board’s new formaldehyde requirements set to go in effect at the beginning of 2009, members also urged AAMA’s board to look into the possibility of becoming a resource for window and door manufacturers to certify their products to meet the new rules. Those rules cover composite wood products, including hardwood plywood, particleboard and MDF, which might be manufactured with resins containing formaldehyde. Under the California law, which some are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to adopt nationwide, these products must be within certain limits of formaldehyde content and labeled as such. The rules would not only cover wood product manufacturers, it was noted, but also window and door manufacturers providing products with jamb extenders, headboards and seatboards.

The new CARB rules were one of numerous topics placed on a priority list developed by a new technical steering committee within AAMA’s residential window council. Other items on the list—some which may be addressed with the development of specific task groups—included window opening control devices. A concept now being promoted within ICC to help prevent child falls from windows, a window opening control device would allow an operable window to be open a minimal amount (four inches) for ventilation, yet still allow relatively easy opening of the window for egress in case of a fire. Other issues on the radar include the development of surface tests for lead content in hardware, monitoring of new fire testing planned by those concerned about urban/wild land interface applications and the challenges being presented to manufacturers by the inclusion of IG certification within the National Fenestration Rating Council certification process. Although many of these issues will be addressed in the interim, AAMA next gathers this fall at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio. More info on that meeting, set for September 21-24, is available at www.aamanet.org. JGS