Aluminum sustainability white paper is available for free

American Architectural Manufacturers Assn.The Aluminum Material Council (AMC) of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released a new white paper on aluminum’s sustainability, strength and efficiency entitled, Aluminum: The Total Solution for Sustainable, Strong and Efficient Commercial Building Design.

“The overall goal of the AMC white paper is to encapsulate the many strategic advantages when incorporating aluminum extrusions into today’s commercial fenestration products,” says Brent Slaton (Keymark), chair of AAMA’s AMC Marketing Committee. “These advantages include energy efficiency, recyclability/sustainability, cost advantages, freedom of design, strength to weight ratio and the plethora of colors and finishes available in the marketplace. Throughout this white paper, it’s easily understandable as to why aluminum extrusions have been used by design professionals for decades.”

According to the AAMA/WDMA 2011/2012 Study of the U.S. Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights, in 2011, aluminum accounted for nearly 40 percent of the nonresidential entry door market and 24 percent of the nonresidential interior door market. Aluminum framed skylights were the dominant (87 percent) configuration on the market in 2011.

Aluminum: The Total Solution for Sustainable, Strong and Efficient Commercial Building Design is available for free download in AAMA’s online Publication Store.

AAMA updates fenestration standard

aamalogoThe American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumburg, IL, has issued an update to AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/ I.S.2/A440-08, NAFS—North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights. That update is now available for electronic download from the organization’s website. It includes editorial revisions to the 129-page standard originally published in January 2008. “Editorial changes and additional corrections have been made to Table 4, which outlines optional performance grades for unit skylights, tubular daylighting devices, and roof windows. Table 27, which outlines gateway performance requirements, was also updated for editorial changes and corrections,” said Ken Brenden, AAMA technical services manager. “The replacement pages included in Update #3 can be inserted into copies of the standard published in January 2008 and the removed pages may be kept for reference,” he added.—Gary L. Parr

AAMA survey respondents call for green fenestration certification

aamalogoThe American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), Schaumburg, IL, shared its initial Green Building Survey results at the organization’s annual conference, held recently in Minneapolis. Among the survey’s findings, 77% of respondents called for a product-based green certification program for residential and commercial fenestration.
AAMA will use the survey responses to shape a green fenestration certification program the association is developing. “It also will shape the input, coordination, and outreach it provides to building code departments and authorities having jurisdiction, as green building best practices evolve into code requirements nationwide,” said Rich Walker, AAMA president and CEO.
For the remainder of 2009, AAMA will continue conducting the survey and will evolve questions to inquire about the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and how the stimulus package is affecting green, energy-efficient construction and renovation in the industry.
Walker also stated, “We’re learning that architects, manufacturers, and suppliers are more involved in green credentials and processing credits to apply for green credentials than builders are right now. However, green building is important to all those in the construction industry, with energy efficiency being the top priority.”
Daylighting was a strong second priority among AAMA Green Building Survey respondents. Walker also noted that AAMA’s surveys consistently show the U.S. Green Building Council’s (Washington) LEED Green Building Rating System and the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s (Washington) Energy Star program are viewed as the most important sources for green building information by all audiences. In addition, the websites of trade associations and green building magazines are considered top sources for green building information.—Gary L. Parr