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by Tara Taffera
March 8th, 2011

It is Tough Sometimes But Crucial to Stay Informed

I’m used to writing about the lead paint regulations, the CARB rules, the IECC, and a whole host of other acronyms, but when members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) took all these regulations and more, and put them together during a slide presentation at their recent meeting, it really made me realize just how many issues this industry has to contend with.

It also reminded me that although a particular issue may have been delayed that doesn’t mean it isn’t coming back as AAMA’s Ray Garries pointed out. Garries spoke about the fact that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration formally delayed its noise containment ruling for one year for further study. The rule would have required containment of noise sources in lieu of personal protective gear.

“This is not going away. You need to be aware and let your people know,” said Garries.

This reminded me that now more than ever it is crucial to stay involved and stay informed. Case in point, and an item also mentioned during AAMA’s Codes and Regulatory Affairs Meeting, is that the Environmental Protection Agency also is looking at improving regulations through periodic retrospective review. Go to the website to find out how you can offer your input.

It also occurred to me that even though our input may different from others’, at least we are engaged in meaningful conversations. This was something mentioned by Kevin Mulvaney from the Vinyl Institute (VI) when he spoke at AAMA. He recalled that the VI had a booth at last year’s AIA show and were “often engaged in adversarial conversations with attendees.”

“There are people who have specific opinions on vinyl when it comes to sustainability,” added Mulvaney. “But it is important for us to show up to engage [these individuals].”

Speaking of engaging in tough conversations and making the issues of the industry heard, are you doing your part? While speaking at a recent meeting of the Northeast Window and Door Association, Bob Reilly, deputy chief of staff for Pennsylvania Congressman Todd Platt (R-Pa.), mentioned that NWDA outgoing president Daryl Huber “was a bulldog on behalf of [the fenestration] industry.”

Are you a bulldog? If not I challenge you to think of how you can make a difference and become engaged.



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  1. when dealing with the EPA it doesn’t matter if we are bulldogs or pit bulls if we aren’t unified in our approach. Our lack of unity is what allowed the EPA to remove the Opt-Out provision, catching the industry unawares. Let’s hope we can unify to restore the Opt-Out provision and defeat “Clearance Testing”. If we don’t we will have a crippled industry on our hands. Can we imagine the nightmare clearance testing will cause? While we are engaged we ought to attack the ruinous penalties and legal exposure the remodeling industry has been subjected to by these regulations. We didn’t put the lead in the paint or apply the paint but now we are at risk of huge fines and lawsuits from predatory lawyers. Thank you Mr. President.

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