AAMA Assesses Fenestration’s Life Cycles

Feb 18th, 2015

The timeline/process of a product category rule (PCR), courtesy of AAMA.

Discussion of life cycle assessment (LCA), a complex and increasingly important issue in the fenestration industry, opened Day 2 of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) annual conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. LCA looks to catalog the environmental effects related to all stages of a product’s life cycle from beginning to end. AAMA CEO Rich […]

Members at “Best Attended Meeting” Work Hard in Florida

Feb 17th, 2015

Kim Flanary, right, receives award from Steve Fronek.

When the American Architectural Manufacturer’s Association (AAMA) marketing steering committee met Monday morning during the association’s annual conference, AAMA’s Angela Dickson reported that “this is one of the best-attended conferences in a long time.” The challenge, however, is recruiting more marketing representatives from member companies to start attending meetings. The group lost two extremely active […]

Florida Energy Code Puts a Wrap on IGMA Conference

Feb 13th, 2015

Code expert Arlene Z. Stewart of AZS Consulting answers a question from a IGMA 2015 Winter Conference attendee about updates to the Florida energy code.

In many ways, the state of Florida is a leader in influencing building and energy code development and implementation throughout the United States. And with fenestration being a crucial piece in the energy puzzle, the industry keeps a keen eye on what is happening in the Sunshine State. Last Friday, attendees of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers […]

Death at Texas Aluminum Extruding Company Under Investigation

Feb 12th, 2015

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the death of a maintenance worker at a Texas aluminum extruding company that was fined $166,000 by the agency for numerous safety violations in 2013. Steven Jeffrey Amdall, 51, died on November 22, 2014 following “an unfortunate and tragic event” at Extruders […]

Glass Manufacturers Talk Safety at IGMA Conference

Feb 10th, 2015

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Safety continues to be an area of focus for the fenestration industry. Mike Burk with Intigral stressed this point last week during the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) 2015 Winter Conference, which concluded Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Burk, who leads the association’s Glass Safety Awareness Council, gave a presentation about workplace safety. He emphasized […]

IGMA Goes Green: Experts Weigh in on Industry Sustainability Efforts

Feb 9th, 2015

IGMA 2015 Winter Conference attendees gather for the general meeting breakfast Friday.

There’s no way to discuss the modern manufacture of building products and construction without hitting on the topic of sustainability. That point was not lost on attendees at the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) 2015 Winter Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last week. All the trending acronyms were discussed—LCA (life cycle assessment), EPD (environmental product […]

Roto Frank Works with State Senator on Window Legislation

Feb 6th, 2015

State Senator Art Linares.

An effort is underway to make public housing in Connecticut safer for children. Roto Frank of America and state Senator Art Linares, a Republican who represents Connecticut’s 33rd District, worked together to develop SB169: An Act Concerning Public Housing and Child Safe Windows. The bill would require the installation of child-safe windows during new construction or […]

Provisional Certification a Focus at IGCC Meeting

Feb 5th, 2015

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Prior to the opening of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) 2015 Winter Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the Insulating Glass Certification Committee (IGCC) met for two days to discuss a number of topics. The first and maybe hottest item addressed, which carried over from Tuesday, was the IGCC’s work to establish a provisional certification […]

Remodeling Rebound: Here’s How Homeowners are Upgrading

Feb 2nd, 2015

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Remodelers, it’s time to get happy again. During a recent webinar hosted by the Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) at Harvard University, panelists proclaimed the remodeling industry is on the rise. They went further than just a proclamation, though, breaking down what’s driving the comeback, including identifying specific trends in the fenestration market. “In […]

Thompson Creek Moving to a New Home, Sweet Home

Jan 30th, 2015

Thompson Creek's CEO Rick

The Thompson Creek Window Company of Landover, Md., which has enjoyed steady growth since its founding 35 years ago, will move to a 125,000-square-foot facility in 2016 that president Rick Wuest says could triple the number of windows the company produces. Thompson Creek purchased the land for the plant near Joint Base Andrews in the […]