AAMA hosts architect education courses at GlassBuild America

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumburg, Ill., hosted local architects during the Architects of a Better Mind educational seminar presented at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Oct. 6 and 7. The event focused on up-to-date insights on residential and commercial fenestration product applications. Offered concurrently with GlassBuild America, the seminar featured eight one-hour AIA-accredited Learning Unit courses, each qualifying for Health, Safety and Welfare continuing education credits.
The glass industry courses included:

  • Glass: The right choice
    Tracy Rogers, Tracy Rogers, technical director for Edgetech I.G. Inc., Cambridge, Ohio, presented a course created by the AAMA Glass Material Council on the function of glass in a building, focusing on its response to solar energy. Types of glass and coatings, as well as the application of various glass fabrication solutions, such as laminated, heat-treated, fire-rated and spandrel glass, were reviewed. The session concluded with a discussion of glass performance, selection criteria and the role of glass in green design.
  • Introduction to designing fenestration for blast mitigation
    During the AAMA Blast Education Task Group course, Raj Goyal, the former business development manager for Architectural Testing, Lake Forest, Calif., covered the various forms of blast—specifically addressing the most deadly manifestation, the shock wave—and the resulting damage caused by flying glass and structural debris. Window construction and configurations for minimizing blast damage, such as the use of laminated glass, and proper testing and installation were discussed.
  • Forensic water testing of fenestration products
    Scott Warner, executive vice president, Architectural Testing presented a course on field water testing. Warner explained how forensic testing focuses on recreating leaks that the building has experienced, rather than uncovering new leaks. His discussion also centered around the AAMA 502, Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Newly Installed Fenestration Products and AAMA 511, Voluntary Guideline for Forensic Water Penetration Testing of Fenestration Products.
  • Introduction to unit skylights for daylighting of commercial buildings
    Andy Nelson, architectural representative for CrystaLite, Everett, Wash., presented on behalf of the AAMA Skylight Council. His presentation revealed daylighting design strategies and benefits, focusing on the energy-saving potential of complementing daylight with interactive electric lighting controls. Key specification issues and resources for further design study were also presented.

Other presentations in the educational program included: Vinyl windows: Designed for performance; Specifying windows and doors using performance standards; Fiberglass for fenestration; and Designing windows for improved sound attenuation.

AAMA continuing education learning units are available as classroom programs through participating members or as online self-study courses. For more information regarding AAMA’s educational offerings, visit the AAMA Web site.