AAMA tries to find consensus on recyclability and recycled content

Katy Devlin, Glass Magazine
June 2, 2009
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The individual material divisions of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumburg, Ill., are at odds when it comes to the value of recyclability and recycled content in the associations Green and Sustainability Specification, still under development.

During AAMA’s Summer Conference, May 31-June 3, representatives from vinyl manufacturers expressed concern that the under-development sustainability specification favors other framing products, such as aluminum or wood, that can be more-easily recycled. Several aluminum manufacturers countered that their products face similar challenges achieving thermal performance. They argued that these factors are just trade-offs for manufacturers and should be taken into account in the specification.

“We are a material neutral organization," said Steve Fronek, vice president, Wausau Window and Wall Systems, Wausau, Wis. "One of the most difficult things we have to do is come up with a definition of recyclable or recyclability that can pass through the general ballot and still be technically accurate. In the end we need to pass something, and ideally what we pass will represent a consensus.”

To try to reach consensus, the Green and Sustainability Specification Develop Task Group, chaired by Tracy Rogers, technical director, Edgetech I.G., Cambridge, Ohio, moved to develop another group made up of members from each material group to address the recyclability issue. Terry Abels, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Chelsea Building Products, Oakmont, Pa., will head the group.