AAMA Releases Joint Installation Standard with FMA, Adds New Members and Addresses Translucent Sloped Residential Glazing

The Schaumburg, Ill.-based American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has had a busy summer. The association recently released a joint standard addressing window installation with the Fenestration Manufacturers Association (FMA) in Tallahassee, Fla., has added five new members and has released a document addressing residential translucent sloped glazing.

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AAMA Releases Joint Window Installation Standard with FMA
The Schaumburg, Ill.-based American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Fenestration Manufacturers Association (FMA) in Tallahassee, Fla., have released FMA/AAMA 100-07, a standard addressing window installation. According to John Lewis, AAMA technical director, the 13-page document, titled Standard Practice for the Installation of Windows with Flanges or Mounting Fins in Wood Frame Construction, specifically addresses new construction of no more than three stories in height utilizing a membrane/drainage system.

The document also provides minimum requirements for window installation based on current best practices and applies to windows employing a mounting flange or fin that is attached and sealed to the window perimeter frame and is designed as an installation fastening appendage.

The associations say that the techniques demonstrated in this document have been developed specifically to allow incidental water entering from superficial cracks, either in the cladding, window joinery or installation joints around the perimeter of the window, to drain onto the membrane drainage plane and to exit to the building exterior.

"This standard is specifically designed for installations subject to hurricane-force wind and water exposure, particularly in the coastal southeast United States, and addresses buildings that will be at high risk for water intrusion," says Lewis. "Thus, preventative measures have been included that are above normal installation practices."

The Standard Practice for the Installation of Windows with Flanges or Mounting Fins in Wood Frame Construction is available through download, CD or paper copy at a cost of $30 for non-members and $15 for members.

AAMA Releases Document Addressing Residential Translucent Sloped Glazing
Technical specification AAMA 2001-07 has been released by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). According to John Lewis, AAMA technical director, this new seven-page document titled Voluntary Specifications for Residential Translucent Sloped Glazing Systems helps to address a lack of specific detailed definitions and requirements for these glazing systems in the model building codes.

"Residential translucent sloped glazing systems are used to add improved thermal efficiency and enhance natural lighting into homes," says Lewis. "The lack of definitive standards and code requirements for these systems has created confusion in the construction community. As a result, both code officials and industry members are struggling and inadvertently applying unrelated code definitions and requirements."

Lewis adds that the new document clarifies much of the previous confusion about this topic.

"This new AAMA standard provides much-needed clarity by defining these systems and their components, specifying recommended minimum performance criteria and communicating minimum design criteria for various structural loads and other code requirements," says Lewis.

The Voluntary Specifications for Residential Translucent Sloped Glazing Systems is available through download, CD or paper copy at a cost of $16 for non-members and $8 for members.

AAMA Adds Five New Members in July
The Schaumburg, Ill.-based American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has added five new members since July and a total of 23 new members this year, according to Richard Walker, AAMA president and chief executive officer. In July, the following five companies joined AAMA's membership:

  • Global Vinyl Solutions of Spokane Valley, Wash., joined as a category 1 corporate member. (The category is for manufacturers with a national ore international presence in the market.)
  • Luoma Contract LLC of Wausau, Wis., ES Windows LLC of Miami and NGG Ltd. Inc. of St. Louis joined as category 2 corporate members. (Category 2 is for manufacturers with a primarily regional market, but who wish to stay in touch with national industry developments, according to AAMA.)
  • Armor Screen Corp. of Riviera Beach, Fla., joined as a category 3 member. (According to AAMA, category 3 corporate members are comprised of manufacturers who strictly serve regional markets, and therefore, have negligible interest in national developments.)
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