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October 3, 2018
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Biometric Information
The technology of biometrics has been advancing in leaps and bounds. With all the privacy concerns that come with these identifiers, it’s not likely that governments will sit on their hands. While the developing tech will likely outpace the developing law, stakeholders in all aspects of the construction industry should be aware of the trend in this technology and become familiar with its likely regulation. Read More 

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The Talk

By Janice Yglesias

It appears that the future of windows and doors will involve the confluence of technologies that previously have had little to do with fenestration products. Some examples of improved fenestration functionality being conceptually introduced around the industry involve automatic operation of fenestration products, as well as integrated security, locking and alarm systems. There are also plans for electrochromic, thermochromic and photochromic glazing controls, as well as automated shading systems for dynamic control of solar gain and daylighting, and for Zero Net Energy buildings with power sources (such as photovoltaics) and associated control systems integrated into windows. And, even the integration of devices that detect and monitor the status of the window itself as well as environmental conditions and the status of other building systems is a concept on the drawing board. 

All of these involve electronic sensing and control systems that interact seamlessly with other building systems such as HVAC, fire safety, security, home automation and more to create a responsive “smart” building—all while considering long-term durability and life cycle impact on the environment.  

There is a significant challenge in turning these opportunities into realities. AAMA has taken an early step to define the priorities and develop a road map to bring together these disparate technologies to form a “new breed” of fenestration product. Read More




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