AAMA Releases Updated Side-Hinged Door Systems Specification

September 25th, 2018 by Drew Vass

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) released an update to detail the standard test method and performance criteria for side-hinged door systems in the locked position to resist entry under a specified load and conditions.

The “Voluntary Specification for Determining Forced Entry Resistance of Side-Hinged Door Systems” measures the ability of the operable slabs to deter opportunistic entry by unskilled intruders. Since the specification’s creation in 2002, this is its first update.

“AAMA 1304 has long been used in the fenestration industry to evaluate the resistance of side-hinged doors to forced entry by opportunistic intruders,” says Mark Fortun, vice chair of the AAMA Side-Hinged Door Auxiliary Test Methods Task Group. “This latest update maintains the proven method, while further clarifying qualification criteria applicable to varying swing and glazing types, and specific procedural details regarding loading sequencing and positions for both single and multipoint locking assemblies.”

The update includes several changes including added sections spelling out qualification related to door swing and glazing types, a defined radius of a loading area and added criteria pertaining to broken glazing. Section 2.2 was updated to reflect these changes and clarify this standard does not evaluate the resistance of glazing materials to deliberate impact or loading.

“Voluntary Specification for Determining Forced Entry Resistance of Side-Hinged Door Systems” can be purchased at AAMA’s online store.

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