AAMA Certified Products Exceeds 50 Million

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has reported that the number of products manufactured in 2004, which carry the AAMA certification label, escalated above the 50 million mark for the first time. This is significant because the increase of window performance in the marketplace comes at a time when building material performance under weather extremes is under the scrutiny of architects, builders and code developers, according to AAMA.

"The focus on improved weather resistance and energy efficiency by the architect and builder - combined with the demand by the consumer for improved long-term performance - have encouraged more and more manufacturers of windows, skylights and sliding glass doors to build to consistently higher standards, and to seek a third-party performance certification for their efforts," said Richard Walker, executive vice president of AAMA.

The manufacturer participation has risen 61 percent in the past six years, adds Walker.

Walker attributes the increase to the AAMA/NWWDA 101/I.S.2 specification for windows and sliding doors in residential, commercial and institutional building designs, which is cited by national and local building codes.

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