Since 1962, AAMA Product Certification, the original third-party window performance program, has provided manufacturers with the means to independently demonstrate product performance to their customers. The program went on to raise the bar even higher by earning ANSI-accreditation in 1972 – a credential still maintained today. The AAMA Certification Label tells customers that a sample of the product has been verified as conforming to the standards’ requirements through independent laboratory testing and follow-up on-site inspection of the manufacturer’s production line. Products authorized for certification and their manufacturers are also listed in the online AAMA Certified Products Directory (CPD), the industry’s preeminent resource for window and door products.
To promote the highest quality standards, the AAMA Certification Program is independently administered and conducted without bias. Only the AAMA Gold Label indicates all of the following:
- A sample of the product underwent testing per the performance-based, material-neutral requirements of the AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-11 industry standard or its predecessors
- Tests were performed at an independent AAMA-accredited testing lab and met these criteria:
- Prescribed maximum levels of air leakage through the assembly
- No water penetration through the assembly at a specified simulated wind speed
- Prescribed levels of structural resistance to wind and other dynamic pressures
- Life cycle durability requirements as applicable based on the product’s performance class designation
- Component performance verification to AAMA specifications
- An independent third-party validator, through two unannounced plant inspections each year, has continually monitored the product production for compliance and quality assurance procedures
- The manufacturer used the required certified profiles and verified components where performance standards for those particular parts and materials exist
Energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important to homeowners, builders and manufacturers. Recognizing this, AAMA offers optional certification for thermal performance and condensation resistance. In addition to Gold Label Certification, manufacturers may certify thermal performance to the AAMA 1503 test method or through AAMA to National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) requirements.
Manufacturers may certify their products for thermal performance with or without certifying for air, water, and structural performance. Those products certified for thermal performance only are designated with the AAMA Silver Certification Label.
Insulating Glass (IG) Certification
AAMA offers IG certification through its Gold Label administrator, Associated Labs, Inc. (ALI). This relationship brings together two powerhouses of fenestration expertise - ALI with decades of IG certification experience and AAMA with decades of fenestration product certification and standards setting experience. NFRC requires IG certification by a listed, third-party certification program for all insulating glass units used in products that are authorized for NFRC certification and labeled in accordance with the NFRC 700, “Product Certification Program (PCP).”
The AAMA Certification Program and its familiar Gold Label are accepted or required by many federal, state and municipal building codes and administrators as an indication of product quality to builders, dealers, and building and home owners. Given the value of the AAMA Gold Label, some manufacturers have been known to use imitation labels. To protect those companies who’ve passed the required rigorous testing within its certification program quality assurance system, AAMA offers its online Certified Products Directory, which catalogs all products currently authorized for certification through the AAMA program and the companies that manufacture them.
The AAMA Certification programs are funded by fees charged to the licensees of the program. These fees are categorized as follows:
- Annual fees: covers the administration and maintenance of the program
- Inspection fees: covers the cost on annual or bi-annual in-plant audits
- Product line fees: incurred whenever a product is approved for certification and listed in the CPD or Verified Components List
Copies of the fee schedules associated with each program may be obtained by contacting ProductCertification@fgiaonline.org.