WDMA Extends Term of Hallmark CertificationMay 17th, 2013 by DWM Magazine
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) Hallmark Certification Committee approved procedures for extending the term of Hallmark certification from four years up to a total of eight years. The new procedure is available to WDMA Hallmark licensees for actively certified products that have not changed during their initial four-year certification term and where the licensee follows the product renewal protocol.
The renewal protocol includes requirements that the licensee must demonstrate substantiation for the continuation of the rating. The rating substantiation will include the testing frequency, auditing frequency and the performance attributes affected and must be described in the renewal protocol within the licensee’s quality assurance system. The renewal protocol is open to all products certified to the referenced standards of the program and all material types, according to the association.
The updated procedural guide requirements also conform to the recently announced Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) requirements allowing actively certified door, window or skylight products to be listed beyond the initial four-year certification cycle and now will allow for a test report to be utilized for a maximum of 10 years from the date of testing as long as the test reports are valid.
The WDMA Hallmark Certification Program is designed to provide code officials, builders, architects, specifiers and consumers with an easily recognizable means of identifying products that have been manufactured in accordance with the appropriate WDMA and other referenced performance standards.