The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will serve as an Inspection Agency (IA) for residential windows with the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC). The center, based in Fairbanks, Alaska, facilitates the development, use and testing of energy-efficient, durable, healthy and cost-effective building technologies for the world’s polar regions.

AAMA is the first addition to CCHRC’s Certified Alaska Tough (CAT) program.

CCHRC created the CAT program to certify and promote high-performance building products for extremely cold climates. According to Colin Craven, a building science researcher at CCHRC, the program is not intended to duplicate or compete with existing certification programs but instead to build upon them.

“By becoming an IA for the CAT program, AAMA will help CCHRC promote the use of high-quality residential windows, while simultaneously giving AAMA certification program licensees the opportunity to showcase their most highly performing products intended for extreme northern climates,” reads a release from AAMA.

To participate in the CAT program, products must meet the following requirements:

– Be listed in the Certified Products Directories of AAMA and the National Fenestration Rating Council;
– Have a U-factor of 0.20 or less;
– Obtain a Performance Grade of PG 45 or higher, per North American Fenestration Standard -08 or -11, and;
– Achieve an air infiltration rate of ≤0.1 cubic foot per minute (cfm) per square foot for operable products and ≤0.04 cfm per square foot for fixed windows.

Products meeting these requirements are eligible for certification. Licensees in the program can use the CAT mark and will be listed on the Certified Alaska Tough program website.

For those licensees participating in the program, AAMA will perform one inspection per year in conjunction with a regularly scheduled AAMA certification program inspection to verify that the products listed as Certified Alaska Tough are being built as they were tested and that the label is being applied only to authorized products.

“CAT certification criteria may interest customers anywhere, not just in the Alaska market; Canada and northern regions of the U.S. also can benefit from these highly qualified products,” says Jason Seals, AAMA certification manager.

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  1. I was reading the other article about the Soft-lite acquisition. I’m wondering if Soft-lite products are certified. I’ll be finding out soon for sure.

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