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AAMA Releases Updated Standard Vertical Load Evaluation Method for Side-Hinged Door Slabs

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released an updated document to provide a standard method of evaluating side-hinged door active slabs for their ability to resist a vertical load. AAMA 925-17, the Specification for Determining the Vertical Loading Resistance of Side-Hinged Door Systems, determines the ability of a side-hinged door slab to remain operable following the application of a vertical load along the lock stile. It was last updated in 2013.“AAMA 925 has been updated to remove the collection of data-only methodology and incorporated...

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WIC Talks Standards Updates, Test Parameters at Summer Conference

The Wall Interface Council discussed updates on several matters during the June AAMA National Summer Conference, such as an installation standard update, sealant and foam product test parameters and other changes to standards currently in the works. Further efforts in these endeavors will continue this October at the AAMA National Fall Conference in Greenville, SC.Installation Standard Review Focuses on Stucco InterfaceHaving been earmarked for review by the Document Management Committee, AAMA 2400-10, Standard Practice for Installation of Windows with a Mounting Flange in Open Stud...

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Skylight/Sloped Glazing Council Talks NAFS, New White Paper, Documents at Annual Conference

During the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in February, the Skylight/Sloped Glazing Council met to go over some upcoming changes to the North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS), the development of a white paper on skylight loading and other skylight and sloped glazing-related documents. These topics and more will continue to undergo work during the AAMA Summer Conference in Newport, RI June 18-21.Possible NAFS Simplification Draws Widespread Member InterestThe impact of proposed NAFS simplification on skylight products was the focus of recent discussions by the Skylight NAFS...

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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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Case Study: Municipality Brings Natural Light into New Ashburn, VA Firehouse

Located about 20 miles outside of Washington D.C. in Ashburn, Virginia, an old firehouse served a heavily populated geographical area. Next to this original 65-year-old, 13,000-square-foot station, the fire company built an entirely new, 35,000-squarefoot, two-story building. Around 5,000 square feet of the original building was retrofitted to house a social hall.

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Skylight Council Hears Updates on New and Updated Documents, 2018 Code Changes, More

At the AAMA Fall Conference in Savannah, those involved in the Skylight Council heard from various committees on matters like a revised skylight selection and design guide, some upcoming 2018 code changes, a new document on plastic glazing and more. Work on these matters and more will continue in mid-February at the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in Phoenix.

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Door Documents Continue Progress

Work on five existing or future door-related AAMA documents was reviewed or planned at the AAMA Fall Conference, and will be addressed this February at the AAMA 80th Annual Conference in Phoenix. Documents cover topics like water penetration, multi-panel door testing for certification and more. Get involved with Door Council at the Annual Conference to make your company's voice heard.

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Call to Action: SDL Adhesive Spec Needs Update

Simulated Divided Lites (SDL) bars (a.k.a., muntin bars), attached to the surface of the glazing, give a classic, divided lite look without the cost and energy performance degradation that can occur with true divided lites. Double-sided muntin tape employing a high-performance adhesive system is used to permanently adhere the external muntin bars – made of a variety of materials – to the glass.

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WIC Goes Over Plans for Task Group Work, Conference Restructuring, at Fall Conference

The Wall Interface Council discussed the ongoing work of several task groups and committees at the Fall Conference in Savannah, GA. WIC members also reviewed how future council meetings will look beginning this winter, when the AAMA conference restructuring plans are put into action. Attend the AAMA Annual Conference in February to participate.

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SSGC Dives into Working on Safety Initiative, More

At the AAMA Fall Conference held in Savannah, GA in September, the Skylight/Sloped Glazing Council heard from several task groups with project updates on matters like updates to the committee’s Skylight Selection and Design Guide, a fall protection campaign and code developments. Work will continue at the AAMA Annual Conference in February to be held in Phoenix, AZ.

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Public Comments on ICC Group B Codes Discussed

At the AAMA Fall Conference, the AAMA Skylight/Sloped Glazing Codes and Regulatory Affairs Committee received an update on skylight-related code activity, specifically with regards to the ICC Group B Code Development Cycle.

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Case Study: Natural Interior Delight Brings Light to Berkeley West Library

The West Branch Library in Berkeley, CA is a completely new building, designed to comply with the city's 2009 Climate Action Plan, in which every new building Berkeley constructs needs to be a Zero Net Energy building. The city's plan sets the goal of reducing local greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 and envisions a city where new and existing buildings achieve Zero Net Energy consumption through energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.

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Door Council Makes Plans for Door Standards Upgrade, Code Developments, More

Updates were heard from the AAAMA 930-03 Review Task Group, the Multi-Panel Door Testing for Certification Task Group and others at the AAMA Summer Conference in June. Plans for an upgrade to the AAMA 920 were also made. Additional work from Door Council will commence soon at the AAMA Fall Conference September 5-28.

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Case Study: Commercial Skylighting in Educational Setting Gives Students Fresh Air, Light

The Cornell University East Sibley Hall project on the Ithaca, NY campus illustrated the application of commercial skylights in an educational setting for the purposes of daylighting, energy efficiency and making fresh air more available to those enjoying the space.

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