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AAMA Releases Updated Side-Hinged Door Systems Specification for Determining Forced Entry Resistance

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released an updated document to describe a standard test method and performance criteria for side-hinged door systems in the locked position to resist entry under a specified load and conditions. AAMA 1304-18, the Voluntary Specification for Determining Forced Entry Resistance of Side-Hinged Door Systems, seeks to measure the ability of the operable slabs to deter opportunistic entry by unskilled intruders. This specification was first created in 2002, and this is its first update.“AAMA 1304 has long been used...

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AAMA Releases New Design Guide for Structural Silicone Glazing

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released a new document to describe proper guidelines and glazing procedures for structural glazing. AAMA SSGDG-1-17, the Structural Silicone Glazing (SSG) Design Guidelines, reviews a glazing that offers a unique appearance and simplicity of construction that often cannot be achieved any other way.Prior AAMA publications included TSGG-04, two-sided structural glazing for skylights, and CW-13-85, a structural glazing design guide. However, it was decided to combine them into a single guiding document regarding structural glazing, for both vertical and...

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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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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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