Plans Set for AAMA Summer Conference

April 30, 2012

An overview on window and door industry trends and a look at Federal Trade Commission guidelines related to environmental marketing highlight the agenda at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association's summer conference. Scheduled for June 10-13 at the Chicago Oak Brook Hills Marriott in Oak Brook, Ill., the event will also feature a full slate of committee meetings devoted to AAMA business.

Keynote speaker for the event is Michael Collins of the Chicago-based investment firm Jordan Knauff & Co.  He will present an overview of market trends in the residential and commercial window and door industry, as well as his outlook for the future. His talk will include a discussion of key economic indicators and statistics with an important bearing on the building products industry. Collins will also address plant expansion and merger and acquisition activity in the industry.

Paul Gary of the Gary Law Group and Joan Long of Barnes & Thornburg will lead the session on the FTC and environmental marketing. They will look at the pending “Green Guides,” now under revision within the FTC, which are expected to be more stringent provisions for manufacturers and sellers of all types of products. Their one-hour talk will feature a Q&A session as well.

Gary will team up with John Nolan, also of the Gary Law Group, in a separate meeting to examine the new National Fenestration Rating Council 713 Independent Verification Program.  With a pilot program underway and implementation scheduled for January 2013, the program will provide for random testing of window and door products bought on the open market to see if they meet the performance requirements claimed on the NFRC label. The two attorneys will review the challenges of the program, mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency for the Energy Star program. They will discuss the repercussions of failure and the potential for wide-ranging unintended consequences.

Other key meetings at the summer conference include the opening general session, which will be highlighted by a discussion of social media. AAMA staff will lead a “how to” portion of the presentation focused specifically on utilizing LinkedIn, participating in AAMA LinkedIn groups and what to expect for future social media interaction with AAMA.

AAMA's regulatory affairs committee will also host a session with updates on proposals to expand LRRP to commercial buildings, the revised Energy Star window and door performance criteria program requirements, U.S. Green Building Council LEED 2012 developments, national formaldehyde standards and the Department of Commerce anti-dumping investigation on photovoltaic cells from China. Attendees will also be updated on any new bills offering commercial and/or residential credits for energy efficient fenestration product purchases or use. 

At the code action committee, Julie Ruth, AAMA's code consultant, will offer a report on the first code development hearings for the 2015 International Building Code. The meeting will include discussion of AAMA's planned responses to various code change proposals that may impact AAMA members.

The summer conference will also include a number of social events. It will kick off with an optional golf tournament on Sunday, June 10, at the Willow Crest Golf Course on the Marriott property. On Tuesday evening, attendees will head to Tommy Gun's Garage for dinner and a show, described as an interactive “speakeasy” that offers a musical comedy review hearkening back to the Roaring '20s and Prohibition-era Chicago.

Registration is now open for the event, with more information available from the AAMA website.