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March 11, 2013
By American Architectural Manufacturers Association

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Mar. 14, 2013 – At AAMA’s 76th Annual Conference in Tucson, Az., the American Architectural Manufacturers Association announced the intent to update an interim procedural guide that will provide a documented, optional process to extend current, unexpired AAMA product certification to any edition of AAMA/WDMA (/CSA) 101/I.S.2 (/A440), North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors, and skylights (NAFS) for a period of two years for products that have had no changes. The procedural guide, AAMA 106-13, Interim Procedural Guide for Extension of NAFS Certification is anticipated for release prior to the AAMA Summer Conference in June.

Mar. 14, 2013 – At AAMA’s 76th Annual Conference in Tucson, Az., the
American Architectural Manufacturers Association announced the intent to
update an interim procedural guide that will provide a documented, optional
process to extend current, unexpired AAMA product certification to any edition
of AAMA/WDMA (/CSA) 101/I.S.2 (/A440), North American Fenestration Standard/Specification
for windows, doors, and skylights (NAFS) for a period of two years
for products that have had no changes. The procedural guide, AAMA 106-13,
Interim Procedural Guide for Extension
of NAFS Certification is anticipated for release prior to the AAMA
Summer Conference in June.

“Over the past 10 years, testing and
certification requirements have increased; we are now testing more combinations
of windows, and there are more special conditions to meet ratings for hurricane
zones and local building codes,” says Mike DeSoto (MI Windows and Doors),
co-chair of AAMA’s Certification Extension Review Task Group. “Allowing a
streamlined method of extending certification on products that have not changed
since the last test provides manufacturers with much needed relief. The
engineering resources we [manufacturers] are saving by reducing the frequency of
renewal testing can be focused on research and development, certifying new
products and introducing product enhancements.”

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AAMA Celebrates 50 Years of Gold Label
Certification

Also during the Annual Conference, current
licensees of AAMA’s Gold Label Certification were recognized. AAMA’s
Certification Labeling Program began in 1963, when AAMA was the Architectural
Aluminum Manufacturers Association.

“While the program has stood the test
of time, we are still making improvements thanks to our many active members, and
we are excited about the anticipated certification extension revision of the
AAMA product certification program,” says Rich Rinka, AAMA's certification
manager. “The AAMA Certification Program would not be possible without our
licensees, component suppliers and accredited laboratories.”

Related Link
www.aamanet.org


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