Numbers Up All Around at Association Meeting; European Standards Discussed

February 19th, 2015 by Editor

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) wrapped up its annual conference on Wednesday, and the consensus seems to be that numbers are up on a variety of fronts.

In its opening general session earlier in the week, the association reported that it has gained 34 new members since its fall 2014 meeting. Thirty-one new documents were published in 2014, which was another milestone. This was the largest number of documents ever published in a single year, according to association staff.

Bob Simon of Gossen Corp. was named as AAMA’s 2014 honorary member, joining a distinguished group.

Mary Garcia of World Vision updated the group on those door and window manufacturers who continue to donate products to the Christian humanitarian group. Window companies who continue to contribute include PGT Industries, and new participants include American Renolit, which gave a first-time donation to World Vision’s West Virginia Storehouse.

“To companies not supporting us, here is a reason to do so,” said Garcia. “Consider donating a few truckloads per year and talk to dealers about buy-back donations. If you are sending to landfills, we will pick it up for you. It is my hope as you return to your office you will consider this appeal.”

Koos

Frank Koos, general secretary at EuroWindoor, discussed the European fenestration market.

European Standards

Ending the day on Tuesday was a presentation on European legislation and standardization for fenestration products by Frank Koos, general secretary at EuroWindoor. He started by sharing some information about the European market, including the fact that the construction sector provides 20 million direct jobs and contributes 10 percent to Europe’s domestic product.

“The European Union invests 6.2 billion euros in new technology,” he said.

He pointed out that in Europe buildings are responsible for 40 percent of energy consumption and 36 percent of Co2, “so there are high political requests to reduce those,” he said. “New buildings must be net zero by 2021 at the latest.”

Koos said that Europe has an Eco Design Directive, and eco labeling may be coming. He also pointed out that each country has its own standardization body. “This means it is difficult to trade and there is multiple testing.”

Just as the U.S. deals with government intervention, Koos said in Europe, “there is a daily struggle with the bureaucracy,” adding “there is a duty to communicate information.”

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