Codes and standards
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.
May 7, 2013 – The American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association have jointly released the AAMA/WDMA 2012/2013 U.S. Industry Statistical Review and Forecast. This report delivers timely information on window, door and skylight market trends and product relationships. Historic data for 2006 through 2012 and forecast data for 2013 through 2015 also are included in the report. Forecasts are based on projections of construction activity as of March 2013.
Apr. 24, 2013 -- The American Architectural Manufacturers Association has announced the launch of its Facebook page for the AAMA Scholarship Program and Partner Program. The Facebook page will be a resource for AAMA members and prospective applicants to receive exclusive information regarding both programs.
April 8, 2013 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association, as a co-founder of the Window Safety Task Force, encourages everyone to recognize the importance of practicing window safety by designating one week each spring to promoting safety and education. National Window Safety Week, April 7 to 13, is used as a time to remind all households that open windows can be dangerous for young children who are not properly supervised. This is especially important with the arrival of warm weather when windows are opened to provide ventilation.
Mar. 20, 2013 – The American Architectural Manufacturers Association recently released an updated standard for the installation of residential replacement windows without the removal of existing frames. AAMA 2410-13, Standard Practice for Installation of Windows with an Exterior Flush Fin Over an Existing Window Frame practice covers the installation of retrofit windows in detached one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses not more than three stories above-grade in height.
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.
Feb. 8, 2013–The American Architectural Manufacturers Association will host its 76th Annual Conference for fenestration industry leaders and decision makers, Feb. 24 to 27, at the Loews Ventana Canyon located in Tucson, Ariz. The event will feature keynote speaker, Robert Tucker, author of Innovation is Everybody's Business, who will discuss tools and strategies that can help managers and their employees hone their ability to identify opportunities for success, take initiative and develop unconventional solutions.
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