When members of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) kicked off the group’s annual meeting this morning in Tucson, Ariz., the association continued its work on some tough subjects including life cycle analysis (LCA) and condensation resistance.

Rich Walker, AAMA president, addresses attendees during the opening session.
Rich Walker, AAMA president, addresses attendees during the opening session.

Association Highlights

But before getting to that Rich Walker, AAMA president, along with AAMA staff, highlighted some important items during the general membership meeting. The association is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the AAMA Gold Label. Almost one third of a billion labels have been sold since 2000, according to Rich Rinka, certification manager.

Walker also recapped some action items taken during the association’s recent strategic planning meeting which includes four main action items:

  1. Successfully launch Fenestration Masters by July 1;
  2. Increase manufacturer memberships;
  3. Increase certification market share; and
  4. Increase AAMA’s influence regarding energy performance.

LCA—Not an Easy Task

The LCA Oversight Committee met and Walker outlined the group’s progress for those in attendance. AAMA is one industry associations that is working on LCA. The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) along with the Glass Association of North America (GANA) have committees devoted to this issue and all come together for the Product Category Rule (PCR)/LCA Task Group.

Walker summarized for the group some key details including the fact that the PCR will include a 30 year window life. As far as recycling of a window, there would have to be a system in place which proves that the windows a company recycles come back into the window process.

Future action items include the fact that the energy use subcommittee will complete its model evaluations. Walker said a June 2013 completion target has been set for the product category rule.

Those who have been highly involved in the LCA process, including Jeld-Wen’s Ray Garries, reminded members that this is “a whole new ballgame as far as what people are used to.”

“Learning this is not an easy process,” added Walker. “We have to understand it then help our members understand then figure out how to make the homeowner understand.”

Although it still may be a long road ahead it’s one that the industry must take according to those in attendance.

“This will likely end up in the international Green Construction Code (igCC) which is what started all this,” said Walker. Margaret Webb, IGMA executive director, who was also in attendance agreed.

Tackling Condensation

The condensation assessment task group also met and summarized the action items that took place during its last conference call, in which the group outlined future work plans.

Steve Fronek, Wausau Window and Wall Systems, serves as chair and pointed out that the group pinpointed two key audiences to target: architects for the commercial segment and homeowners and consumers for the residential segment. He mentioned that AAMA receives some questions from architects on this issue which is one of the reason they are studying this issue.

Again, it’s not an easy task but the group did form some various work groups including: Finite Element Modeling; Guarded Hot Box Testing and Condensation Ratings; AAMA 501.5; TIR editorial; and Post Installation.

Regarding the condensation ratings workgroup those members will look at condensation resistance and condensation resistance factor. “Not having a good comparison for those two is a real problem for our industry,” said Fronek.

Several members of the committee volunteered to server on the different work groups to pursue the issue further.

AAMA’s Annual Meeting continues through Wednesday. Stay tuned to dwmmag.com for more news and reports from the event.

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