AAMA’s Western Region to Host Spring Summit

The Western Region of the American Architectural  Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host its Spring Summit April 30-May 1, at  the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe, Ariz. The meeting will feature a panel  discussion on energy-efficient fenestration, an economic update from Dr. Esmael  Adibi, and a tour of the Palo Verde Energy Education Center. Online  registration for the event closes April 24.

On Tuesday, April 30, presentations will feature topics important to the future of the fenestration industry, including a panel discussion on how windows can positively influence home energy savings.

Additionally, updates on the Department of Energy, Title 24 building efficiency

standards, as well as recent code changes pertinent to the Western Region, will

be provided.

“Fenestration manufacturers have been at the forefront of ensuring that each

newly introduced product offers an opportunity to harness the attributes of

energy efficiency,” says Rich Walker, AAMA president and CEO. “Summit attendees

will get to hear from some of these industry leaders on how high-performance

fenestration can contribute to more energy-efficient homes.”

Adibi of Chapman University also will deliver a presentation on Tuesday on the

U.S. economic outlook, specifically addressing states in the Western Region.

“Dr. Adibi has been a frequent speaker at both AAMA national and regional

conferences and is very well respected among meeting attendees,” says Tony

Thiret of Quanex Building Products, AAMA Western Region’s board president. “His

insights on the current and future economic climate are especially enlightening

to those within our industry.”

On Wednesday, May 1, attendees will tour the Palo Verde Energy Education Center

in Buckeye, Ariz., a LEED Gold Certified facility. The facility serves as a

base of operations in the event of a crisis at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating

Station. Some of the green building concepts utilized in the facility include

heavy insulation for the building envelope, specialized sizing and shading on

all the windows, as well as an air distribution system.

“Utility companies, especially those found in the Southwest, continue to offer

funding opportunities to retrofit buildings for energy efficiency,” says Mike

DeSoto of MI Windows and Doors, AAMA Western Region’s board vice president.

“Summit attendees will learn about these important efforts and how Palo Verde

values fenestration as a means to ensure energy-efficient buildings.”

Click here for more information or to register.

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