Codes and standards
Oct. 9, 2015 -  The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) Z97 announces the release of the 2015 version of industry standard ANSI Z97.1 Safety glazing materials used in buildings - safety performance specifications and methods of test.
Oct. 8, 2015 -  The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announces that its air-water-structural product certification program has been granted accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065-2012 “Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services." The scope of the accreditation includes Doors and Windows (91.050.60). Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17065 confirms that administration of the AAMA certification program conforms to the high procedural standards of these international requirements.
Sept. 28, 2015 - The Institute for Environmental Research and Education has published North America's first Product Category Rule for windows, enabling window fabricators to develop Environmental Product Declarations recognized by ISO and the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program. PCRs define the inputs into the window manufacturing process and lay out guidelines for how each input must be documented in a Life Cycle Impact Assessment that ultimately leads to an EPD describing the overall environmental impact of manufacturing the product. The PCR, titled Earthsure PCR Cradle-to-Gate 30171600:2015, covers window inputs from their source to the fabricator's gate, and is designed to inform the B-to-B market. Another PCR addressing the B-to-C vertical is due for release soon, according to a recent IGMA newsletter.
Aug. 27, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released a document specifying requirements for corrosion resistant coatings on carbon steels used for hardware components in window, door and skylight applications. The document previously was updated in 2012.
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance has recently released its technical bulletin TB-2600-15 Vacuum Insulating Glass which is an informational document giving an extensive overview on the subject of vacuum insulating glass (VIG). This is one of the documents that the IGMA Emerging Technologies and Innovations Committee worked on for over a year, in which we believe readers will find an compilation of some very interesting and educational information along with data relative to VIG.
July 31, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released a document specifying test methods, specifications, and field checks used to evaluate the structural adequacy of wall systems and their ability to resist water penetration and air leakage. Other optional tests also are included. AAMA 501-15 is intended to be referenced in current laboratory and field testing methods for exterior wall systems comprised of curtain walls, storefronts and sloped glazing. It was previously updated in 2005.
July 15, 2015 - The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is renewing its commitment to providing the commercial fenestration industry with an energy performance certified rating program.
June 24, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released two documents specific to aluminum finishes: AAMA 612-15, Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements, and Test Procedures for Combined Coatings of Anodic Oxide and Transparent Organic Coatings on Architectural Aluminum, and AAMA 2603-15, Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Pigmented Organic Coatings on Aluminum Extrusions and Panels (with Coil Coating Appendix).
The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) has announced the release of a new Vacuum Insulating Glass Technical Bulletin on its webstore. The bulletin is intended to assist residential or commercial insulating glass and window manufacturers on the topic of vacuum insulating glazing (VIG).
March 25, 2015, Schaumberg, Il. - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released two documents specific to aluminum: the combined AAMA 609 & 610-15, “Cleaning and Maintenance Guide for Architecturally Finished Aluminum” and CW-10-15, "Care and Handling of Architectural Aluminum from Shop to Site."
March 9, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated a document specific to sound control for fenestration products.
Feb. 23, 2015 - Two new Window Product Category Rules are available for public comment, one for a cradle to grave, business consumer EPD that covers only vertical windows.
Feb. 13, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released an updated document laying out the anodizing process with reference to architectural work. According to AAMA, this standard describes the anodizing process, which produces a coating that is thicker than nature's version, harder and very durable.
Jan. 30, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released AAMA 510-14, Voluntary Guide Specification for Blast Hazard Mitigation for Vertical Fenestration Systems, which provides a guide to manufacturers, architects, specifiers, contractors and building owners for specifying these types of systems and services to meet the requirements of blast hazard mitigation.
While the National Building Code is clear that testing and labelling fenestration products to the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS-08) and the Canadian Supplement is mandatory for Part 9 buildings, the application of these standards to commercial fenestration products, in both Part 3 and Part 9 buildings, is less straightforward.

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