Codes and standards
April 17, 2019 - The North American Contractor Certification Program provides architectural glass and metal contractors with certification recognition through a professionally administered, third-party assessment, as a means of creating a baseline for competency and adherence to industry-accepted guidelines.
Mar. 22, 2019 - The Insulating Glass Certification Council (IGCC) has launched its newly revamped website at www.igcc.com. This online home for IGCC provides in-depth information and resources to the fenestration industry.
Mar. 11, 2019 - After finishing a very productive meeting in 2018 with participation from certified licensee fabricators, suppliers, laboratories, and public interest individuals, the Insulating Glass Certification Council (IGCC) will be introducing several certification and guideline changes in 2019. These changes will include:
Mar. 7, 2019 -  Robert Jutras (UL/CLEB) hosted a seminar on the differences between how Canada and the United States evaluate field performance of windows and curtain walls in large buildings during the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 82nd Annual Conference in Palm Springs (Feb. 25-28). Jutras, who is Canadian, focused more on the Canadian codes and practices for the benefit of a mostly American audience at the conference.
Feb. 11, 2019 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated two documents for evaluating window wall, curtain wall and storefront systems when it comes to seismic drift.
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) updated a document providing guidelines for describing colour measurement requirements for inclusion in AAMA documents.AAMA CMR-1-18, Guidelines for Development of Color Measurement Requirements, was first released in 2016. This is its first update, which was made to accommodate changes made to measurement averaging and colour difference equations.
Jan. 14, 2019 - For several years there have been questions raised in the industry about the strength of ceramic enamel (frit) coated glasses. The ASTM committee that oversees the current document on glass strength (ASTM E1300) is working to revise the standard to include provisions for addressing the strength of ceramic enameled glasses. The plan is to define a maximum stress approach for evaluating ceramic enamel coated glasses. The ASTM work item for this effort is WK65259, and is led by John Smith, of Glass Coatings & Concepts, LLC.
Dec. 13, 2018 - The Architectural Glass and Metal Technician Certification Program (AGMT) continued beta testing its knowledge-based (KBT) and performance-based (PBT) portions of its certification exam. Team members spent the week in San Leandro, CA administering, grading, and analyzing the latest versions of the KBT and PBT.
Dec. 6, 2018 - The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance is pleased to announce that the IGMAC Certification Program is now accredited by ANSI under Administrative Management Services (AMS). The announcement is the culmination of a great deal of effort and work by the AMS team.
Despite a previously robust system for development of standards in Canada, the federal government’s current cost-recovery policy for standards development could be endangering the future of Canadian standards.
Nov. 19, 2018 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) updated a document for evaluating the performance and durability of rollers used in the operation of sliding doors and lift and slide doors. AAMA 906-18, "Voluntary Specification for Sliding Door and Lift and Slide Roller Assemblies," was first released in 2005 and was last updated in 2015.
Oct. 24, 2018 - The co-founder of a firm specializing in corporate sustainability programs led those attending the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 2018 Fall Conference in a discussion about why sustainability should matter to the fenestration industry. Tad Radzinski, P.E., ISSP-CSP, LEED AP, SFP and co-founder of Sustainable Solutions, presented "Transparency Training: Utilizing LCAs and EPDs to Drive Sustainability," which outlined what is driving transparency and why it is crucial for a successful enterprise.
North American Contractor Certification beta tested its Architectural Glass and Metal Technician test Aug. 15 in Buffalo, N.Y., in front of experts from Finishing Trades Institute and some curious onlookers from Canada. Michael Fitzgerald of FTI walked the group through the proposed test and took questions and suggestions. Some discussion followed of the AGMT program, it's potential role in Canada and steps NACC might take to inform the industry about it.
The Certification Committee of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance met Aug. 1 at the IGMA Summer Conference in Vancouver. Committee members and attendees heard about some major changes - both recent and upcoming - to how we evaluate and certify insulating glass units.
July 26, 2018 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released a new document to describe proper guidelines and glazing procedures for structural glazing. AAMA SSGDG-1-17, the "Structural Silicone Glazing (SSG) Design Guidelines", reviews a glazing that offers a unique appearance and simplicity of construction that often cannot be achieved any other way.
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