AAMA Heads to Minneapolis for Summer Meeting

April 12, 2009

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association is gearing up for its national summer conference, scheduled for May 31 through June 3 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis.  Hot topics at the meeting include a new strategic plan for the organization and an open forum on a possible change to extend the life of air-water-structural test reports from four years to as long as eight years under the AAMA certification program, assuming products have had no changes and all plant inspections have been successful.

Also up for discussion in Minneapolis will be the 2011 edition of the AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 document and a new Green Certification matrix document, both currently out for balloting.  New task groups and committees will begin work at the summer conference in the areas of air infiltration, BIM, solar reflectivity, and window opening limiting/control devices.   

Offering the keynote address at the meeting is William B. Greiner, executive vice president and chief investment officer of UMB’s Trust Investment Division. He will focus on the economy, including the current woes and the outlook for the next three to five years.  His talk will also examine the housing market outlook. 

Jim Benney of the National Fenestration Rating Council will also speak to AAMA members, and he will demonstrate that organization's new software for its component modeling approach to rating and certification of nonresidential fenestration products. Marc LeFrance of the U.S. Department of Energy will update attendees on government activities related to window and door research, as well as programs designed to encourage increased energy efficiency in buildings.

In addition to business, the summer conference will feature a golf tournament and other social activities, including an evening of dueling pianos.

More information about the event is availabe on the AAMA Web site.