I just got back from sunny Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the  78th annual American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) conference, which stands out in my mind for more reasons than the amazing weather.

First of all, it was another great educational experience for this fenestration newbie. Watching members of the industry debate proposed code amendments in committee meetings taught me a lot about what goes into the manufacture of doors and windows. From design specifications to materials, it’s an intensive process that draws on several fields of science and engages a lot of smart people.

Of particular interest was a long discussion about life cycle assessments (LCAs), a fascinating but complex topic that you’re definitely going to be hearing much more about  as green building codes and environmental issues continue to affect consumers’ decision-making.

So, yes. I learned a lot. But much like January’s International Builders’ Show, it was the personal interactions with people in the industry and the fantastic AAMA staff that really stood out to me.

With non-stop committee meetings from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. most days, the AAMA conference is a lot of work. But the gathering also offers plenty of opportunities to socialize. From a big awards banquet to a beach bonfire party,  it was easy to meet and network with some great people once the busy day was done.

And I’m not going to lie — jetting away from the frigid Washington, D.C., area for South Florida, where they experienced a brief “cold snap” of 68 degrees, was hard to beat.

So thank you, AAMA, for all the great work you do supporting the fenestration industry — and for putting on quite a fun gathering, too.


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  1. Thanks for the kudos, Trey! It was such a pleasure to welcome you to our industry! Thanks for all the great articles you provided throughout the conference, and we hope to see you in Seattle for the Summer Conference June 28-July 1!

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