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AAMA releases forces and motion test methods


January 2, 2013
By American Architectural Manufacturers Association

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Jan. 3, 2013 — AAMA 513-12, "Standard Laboratory Test Method for Determination of Forces and Motions Required to Activate Operable Parts of CW and AW Class Operable Windows, Sliding Glass Doors and Terrace Doors in Accessible Spaces" was recently released by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association.


Jan. 3, 2013 — AAMA 513-12, "Standard
Laboratory Test Method for Determination of Forces and Motions Required to Activate
Operable Parts of CW and AW Class Operable Windows, Sliding Glass Doors and Terrace Doors in Accessible
Spaces" was recently released by the American Architectural Manufacturers
Association
.

“AAMA 513-12 provides a consistent, repeatable, laboratory test method for
validating the capability of operable window designs, properly installed and
maintained,” says Steve Fronek (Apogee Enterprises), chair of AAMA’s ADA Test
Methods for Hardware Task Group. “Design teams can help ensure that fresh air
and a connection with the outdoors are made accessible to people with physical
disabilities, by specifying windows capable of meeting operating force and
motion requirements of ICC/ANSI A117.1.”

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Developed by AAMA’s ADA Test Methods for Hardware Task Group, AAMA 513-12
references important industry documents which include AAMA 910, "Voluntary
'Life Cycle' Specifications and Test Methods for AW Class Architectural Windows
and Doors," as well as the following ASTM documents: ASTM E283, ASTM E331,
ASTM E330 and ASTM E547.

"AAMA 513-12, Standard Laboratory Test Method for Determination of Forces
and Motions Required to Activate Operable Parts of CW and AW Class Operable
Windows, Sliding Glass
Doors and Terrace Doors in Accessible Spaces" is available for AAMA
members to download at a cost of $15. Non-members may purchase the document at
a cost of $45 for download. The specification is also available for purchase on
CD and hardcopy. To order AAMA 513-12, visit AAMA’s Publication Store.

Related Link
www.aamanet.org