AAMA Updates Several Documents

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released updates of several documents.

AAMA 800-05, Voluntary Specifications and Test Methods for Sealants, a technical specification covering performance and test methods for sealants, has been revamped. The revised document provides detailed information regarding sealants, including evaluating test results.

The Voluntary Performance Rating Method for Mulled Fenestration Assemblies has been updated and published as AAMA 450-06. First developed in 2000, the standard details a voluntary testing and rating method to determine air infiltration, water penetration resistance and structural performance of factory-built or knocked-down field mulled fenestration assemblies.

A mulled fenestration assembly is defined by AAMA as an assembly of two or more individual products installed in a single rough opening. The assembly is not defined as a curtain wall, and 450-06 is not intended for curtain wall performance testing, noted Larry Livermore, AAMA technical standards manager. This updated standard, which covers the placement of multiple units into a single opening, provides a procedure for evaluating and testing the mulled assembly.

The updated AAMA 510-06, Voluntary Guide Specification for Blast Hazard Mitigation for Fenestration Systems, directs manufacturers to the appropriate resources to simulate blast conditions in a laboratory environment in order to evaluate and compare fenestration system performance in a standardized manner.

The new Voluntary Guideline for Engineering Analysis of Window and Sliding Glass Door Anchorage Systems confirms minimum anchorage requirements for windows and sliding glass door systems, which are certified in accordance with AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S. 2/A440-05 and the earlier 1997 standard, according to AAMA.

"This new 2501-06 document provides architects, specifiers and code officials with industry-approved guidelines that outline the minimum requirements for structural analysis and appropriate safety factors recommended for the installed product," noted Scott Warner, executive vice president of Architectural Testing, Inc. and chairperson of the AAMA Fenestration Anchorage Task Group, which developed the document.

To purchase any of these documents, visit the AAMA Online Publications Store at www.aamanet.org or call 847/303-5664.

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