Codes and standards
It was May 9, 2013, and Sean Lloyd was about to have a very bad day. It was the day he was going to learn a lot more than he ever wanted to about wired glass.
July 17, 2014 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released SFM-1-14, a manual that provides technical information regarding the installation of high-quality, attractive aluminum storefronts and entrances.
May 29, 2014 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently updated a Technical Information Report (TIR) providing metal curtain wall designers with the necessary data to select fasteners for curtain wall framing members and components. AAMA TIR-A9-14 also goes into the process of anchoring curtain wall systems to building structures.
April 10, 2014 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) board of directors voted unanimously to establish a sustainability steering committee. It will oversee the various AAMA committees and task groups involved in establishing standard practices that lead to product sustainability -- from component development to structural integrity.
March 25, 2014 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a Standards Developer. This accreditation includes review and approval of AAMA’s document creation and maintenance program, notably AAMA balloting procedure.
March 10, 2014 - The Standards Council of Canada (SCC), working with the Canadian Hoisting and Rigging Safety Council (CHRSC), is leading a new project that will dig into the roots of a major challenge facing Canadian crane and hoisting industry operators — differing crane and hoisting reference standards across jurisdictions.
Feb. 5, 2014 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has published an updated standard for acoustical performance. AAMA 1801-13, Voluntary Specification for the Acoustical Rating of Exterior Windows, Doors, Skylights and Glazed Wall Sections, describes the use of sound transmission loss test data to calculate Sound Transmission Class (STC) and Outdoor-Indoor Transmission Class (OITC) ratings.
Oct. 22, 2013 - The fall 2013 public review of proposed changes to the 2010 National Model Construction Codes opened last week, running from October 15 until December 13, 2013, on the National Codes website. The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance encourages its members to be involved in this process, as the review includes IGMA's code request to reference ASTM E1300. The National Model Construction Codes, comprising the national building, fire, plumbing and energy codes, are model codes developed by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) that the provinces and territories can adopt as is, or with modifications, as part of their building, fire and plumbing regulations.
Sept. 17, 2013 – The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has updated and released AAMA 925-13, Specification for Determining the Vertical Loading Resistance of Side-Hinged Door Systems, which determines the ability of a side-hinged door system to remain operable following the application of a vertical load along the lock stile of the door leaf.
August 7, 2013 – The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has released an updated standard that establishes minimum performance requirements for self adhering flashing surrounding exterior wall fenestration products. AAMA 711-13, Voluntary Specification for Self Adhering Flashing Used for Installation of Exterior Wall Fenestration Products also provides a method to determine the minimum width of the flashing products and to evaluate the influence of environmental factors on the installation of self adhering flashing products applied under typical field conditions.
July 15, 2013 – The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has published a document that recommends static water penetration resistance test pressures for non-hurricane-prone US regions. AAMA TIR A13-13, Recommended Static Water Penetration Resistance Test Pressures in Non-Hurricane-Prone Regions of the United States was prepared for those who require information on maximum static pressures used during testing of products’ resistance to wind-driven rain penetration, when such tests are conducted as part of the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) test regimen.
July 9, 2013 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association  have announced the release of 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 was effective as of May 1.
When NAFS is more widely specified, many manufacturers will be finding out that the new standard is so very different from the A440 that they will have to re-test their entire product offering to comply.
June 13, 2013 -- The American Architectural Manufacturers Association recently released education courses on code requirements, energy efficiency and thermal performance, as well as skylights and daylighting, as part of the association’s FenestrationMasters program. This is the fourth group of FenestrationMasters courses released by AAMA. “While the coursework up to Group 4 has focused on the performance of finished fenestration products and related components, this is the point in the curriculum where we venture into the use of these products within the construction market,” says Janice Yglesias, AAMA's association services director. “It’s an aspect of the training that AAMA felt was critical to include in order to truly offer the industry a comprehensive professional certification credential.”
May 30, 2013 – The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has announced the release of 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 was effective as of May 1.
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