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June 4, 2014
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Universal Design Discussions at AAMA Summer Conference
Designing buildings and building products that are accessible to the entire population requires considerations well beyond those outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act building standards, according to Elizabeth Watson, director of the Center for Students with Disabilities at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and keynote speaker at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association Summer Conference…read more
Fenestration Canada Annual Meeting Features NAFS Round Table

New this year, Fenestration Canada will feature a round table session for fabricators at the annual meeting in Winnipeg, June 12-14. The session will garner further input from fabricators on the issue of North American Fenestration Standard compliance and implementation challenges, officials report, then develop a practical approach and guide for use by more



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The Talk

By Katy Devlin

The green building movement has evolved rapidly over the last five or six years, from considerations solely about energy-efficiency and thermal performance, to the addition of sustainability and life-cycle concerns, and now to considerations of the health and environmental impacts of individual product ingredients. That final topic, the issue of disclosing what makes up building products, topped discussions yesterday at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association Summer Meeting, taking place June 1-4 in Indianapolis.
“Architects are demanding transparency. They want to know the ingredients of the products going into the building,” said Bill Freeman, technical consultant of the Resilient Floor Covering Institute during his keynote presentation at AAMA.
To satisfy this demand, Health Product Declarations were introduced by the Health Product Declaration Collaborative Building Network two years ago. The HPD is an open-source standard, through which building product manufacturers report all ingredients of their product, indicating any potentially hazardous materials. Some in the architectural community have begun to ask for HPDs. “Some architects are sending letters to manufacturers, saying ‘if you don’t give us an HPD, we aren’t going to use your products,’” Freeman said.
An alternative product transparency method is also in the works from Freeman’s organization, the RFCI. The platform, Product Transparency Declarations, is designed to be a less onerous method for manufacturers to satisfy requests for product ingredients.
While the trend toward product transparency is still in its infancy, these types of requirements could have a major impact on building product manufacturers. So, for today’s Talk, I want to hear about the window and doors industry’s familiarity with product transparency. Have you heard about HPDs or PTDs? Have you completed any product declarations? Have you received any letters requesting this type of information?

Let us know what you think by posting a comment and participating in this week's poll.

Is your company ready for the product transparency movement?
Yes, we are in process of developing these declarations
We are familiar with product transparency, but not ready
Not at all

How Does Hummingbird Affect You?
The vast majority of respondents to last week's poll have not made changes in regards to Hummingbird because they have never heard of it. See the full survey results…



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