Association News: AAMA 2015 National Summer Conference early bird registration closing June 4

Posted on June 1st, 2015 by heatherwestpr

Seattle-Skyline-Bryce-Edwards-web.jpgEarly bird registration for the upcoming AAMA 2015 National Summer Conference will close on Thurs., June 4, but those interested may still plan to participate. The conference will be held June 28-July 1 at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, and a wide range of speakers have been scheduled for the week. The AAMA Western Region Summer Summit will follow immediately after, from July 1-2, in the same location and will feature an excellent slate of speakers specific to that region’s interests.


The speakers at the Summer Conference will include keynote speaker and author Mic Patterson (Advanced Technology Studio), who will present on Mon., June 29, “Divergent Trajectories: Framing the Future of Glass and the Building Skin.” Patterson is a designer, researcher and educator who wrote the book, Structural Glass Facades and Enclosures. His presentation will review the recent evolution in facade technology and applications, and will identify current and emerging drivers that are powering this change. Challenges and opportunities facing the glass industry also will be part of the discussion. The intent is to open a window on the future of glass and the building skin.

James Connelly of the International Living Future Institute also will speak Monday on the future of building products. He directs the Living Product Challenge, a program that re-imagines the design and construction of products to function as elegantly and efficiently as anything found in the natural world. His presentation will analyze the growing transparency movement that will shape the future of manufacturing and product demand.

Rich Mitchell, now with the Green Building Initiative, joined Mackenzie as a project architect in 1989. Accredited as a LEED® AP BD+C, Green Globes Professional and a Guiding Principles Compliance Professional, he will present an overview of his experience with both rating systems. The presentation also will include a case study of the Green Globes process for an industrial building, comparing a conventional approach with an approach to earn 1 and 2 Green Globes.

John Nolan is a practicing attorney for The Gary Law Group. For over 20 years, his practice has been devoted to assisting clients in their identification and management of risks and claims. His presentation will address product liability claims, construction litigation, managing risk through transparency, product warranties and communication with the distribution chain.

On Tues., June 30, professor Ulrich Sieberath of Ift Rosenheim, and an honorary professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Rosenheim, Germany, will give a presentation on window technology in Europe, touching on both technical performance and sustainability. During his session, he will focus on the design of windows, the methods of testing, and the methods of accounting for energy gains and losses.

On Wed., July 1, before the last few meetings of the conference, Colin Craven from the Cold Climate Housing Research Center will speak about certifying windows for areas like Alaska, with harsher climates. Since starting with the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Alaska in 2008, Craven has led efforts on building science projects, product tests and the development of the Certified Alaska Tough program. This program is based on stringent thermal and structural performance criteria, and is intended to help guide consumer decision making by distinguishing windows designed to perform well in cold climates. This presentation will briefly summarize the motivations for the Certified Alaska Tough program, describe the window certification criteria and invite industry feedback and discussion of the program.

Register Now

Again, early bird registration ends June 4, and AAMA members receive a discount by registering online. As usual, spouses may attend the conference free of charge, with a paid participant registration.

Western Region Summer Summit

Stay an extra day for the Western Region Summer Summit for a registration fee of $250, which includes meals and a reception Wednesday night.


Image: Seattle Skyline photo by Bryce Edwards,

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