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AAMA Releases New Standard Test Method of Static Loading and Impact on Exterior Shading Devices

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released a new document to provides a standard laboratory procedure for exterior shading devices and the project-specific evaluation of downward static ice and snow loads, and impacts on them from falling ice or snow. AAMA 514-16, the Standard Test Method of Static Loading and Impact on Exterior Shading Devices, uses sandbags to simulate downward loads from ice and snow to test shading devices.“Exterior sun shades are used to reduce solar heat gain and glare, and redirect natural daylight,”...

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AAMA Releases New Selection and Application Guide for Plastic Glazed Skylights and Sloped Glazing

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released a new document to provide guidance and sound technical information on the various aspects and considerations that need to be considered when applying plastic-glazed skylights and sloped glazing as an enhancement to a building design. The document is intended to provide the architect, engineer, contractor and property owner with this information and knowledge in order to help them understand the value and effective application of these features, as well as the benefits of different plastic glazing materials.“Based...

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AAMA Releases Updated Report on Structural Performance of Composite Thermal Barrier Systems

AAMA recently released an updated technical information report addressing the most commonly used composite thermal barrier systems. The 72-page AAMA TIR-A8-16, Structural Performance of Composite Thermal Barrier Framing Systems, was last updated in 2008 and now includes several new figures and instructions specific to testing dual cavities. Updated software and a user guide are forthcoming to aid users in understanding information contained in this report.

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AAMA Releases Updated Document for Impact-Resistant Windows, Doors and Skylights

AAMA recently released an updated document using ASTM test methods to qualify windows, doors and skylights as "impact resistant." The AAMA 506-16, Voluntary Specifications for Impact and Cycle Testing of Fenestration Products, was last updated in 2011.

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