AAMA Southeast Region Gathers in Texas

April 13, 2010

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association held its 2010 Southeast Region spring meeting on March 30-31 in San Antonio, Texas, with an educational program that encompassed glass strength, lean manufacturing and updates on both regional and national issues.

Guest speakers included Scott Norville, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Texas Tech University, who reviewed upcoming changes to architectural glass design using the latest edition of ASTM E1300. David Pate  of TBM Consulting Group offered a presentation looking at the possibilities for rapid operational improvement, new competitive advantages and sustained growth through the principles of lean manufacturing.

Chuck Anderson, AAMA codes and industry affairs manager and AAMA Southeast region director, presented updated state code information for the region. "Staying closely involved with the state code information and any changes and making relevant news accessible to our membership is a priority initiative," he noted, pointing to new pages dedicated to updated information from individual states in the member section of the AAMA Web site.

The AAMA Southeast Region technical committee met at the Texas event to discuss multiple issues, including the status of the AAMA 520 document, titled Voluntary Specification for Rating the Severe Wind-Driven Rain Resistance of Windows, Doors and Unit Skylights. This publication is currently being reviewed by all AAMA-accredited labs for any potential issues that may arise regarding repeatability, adherence to the test tolerances cited, length of time taken to complete testing and any other considerations concerning this test method. Comments received from the reviewing test labs were discussed by the technical committee.

Attendees at the spring meeting also heard an update on the development of the AAMA Green Certification Program, given by Tracy Rogers of Edgetech I.G.  Scott Warner of Architectural Testing Inc. provided an overview of recent developments in the 2011 edition of AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S. 2/A440, NAFS - North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights.