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AAMA Updates Comparative Analysis Procedure for Window and Door Products

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated a document providing a standardized comparative analysis procedure for determining the structural integrity of window and door products. AAMA 2502-19, Comparative Analysis Procedure for Window and Door Products, was last updated in 2007.“New content in the 2019 version of this standard includes guidance for unit sizes smaller and larger than those tested as well as deflection and stress limits established by industry standards,” said Tanya Dolby (Kawneer), Chair of the Requirements for Mulled and Combination Window Assembly...

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Plan and Practice Fire Escape Drills

Though many of us practice fire drills in the workplace, most deaths and injuries from fire each year are the result of home fires. When it comes to a fire emergency, the Window Safety Task Force in partnership with the National Safety Council reminds everyone that doors and windows are the primary and secondary escape routes.How prepared are you to escape safely in a fire?“In the event of fire or other emergencies, you may have little time to escape safely,” said Tammy Franks, National Safety...

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Window & Door Magazine | Decoded Columns

No matter how stringent the building code or the underlying performance standard, proper installation is the ultimate key to performance quality of fenestration products. This can be more complicated than it may seem at first glance, owing to the variety of product configurations and the types of exterior walls into which they are to be installed.

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AAMA Updates Standard for Adhesive Systems Designed to Attach Simulated Divided Lite (SDL) Bars to Glass

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated a standard for adhesive systems designed to attach simulated divided lite (SDL) bars to glass. AAMA 813-19, Voluntary Specification and Test Methods for Adhesives Used in Simulated Divided Lite Bars, was originally released in 2011 to establish minimum performance criteria for adhesive systems used in such attachments for the fenestration industry.“The first update to AAMA 813 has now been completed,” said Chris Habegger (Gaska Tape), Chair of the AAMA 813 Simulated Divided Lite Task Group. “UV testing references were updated...

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Door and Window Market Magazine | AAMA Analysis Columns

When it comes to channeling water across a building envelope from roof to ground, flashing and sealants are at the front line between fenestration units and critical weather resistant barriers (WRB). Two types of flashing have surfaced as prevalent: the self-adhering and liquid-applied varieties. That’s likely due to their relatively simple methods for application.

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AAMA Updates Standard for Assessing Frame Deflection When Using One Component Polyurethane Foams

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated a standard that can provide useful guidance when installing fenestration products. AAMA 812-19, Voluntary Practice for Assessment of Frame Deflection When Using One Component Polyurethane Foams for Air-Sealing Rough Openings of Fenestration Installations, was last updated in 2010.In the past, one component polyurethane foams have sometimes been associated with frame deflection of fenestration products resulting from either misapplication or the use of foams not suited for this purpose. One component polyurethane foams have been developed specifically for...

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AAMA Creates New Web Page and Infographic on Aluminum Costs, Attributes

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA) Aluminum Material Council has developed a new web page and infographic, providing information about the strength, recyclability and versatility of aluminum, as well as its costs.“Aluminum's inherent strength, recyclability and versatility combined with the extrusion process make aluminum a popular (and economical) material for the building and construction industry,” said Josh Wignall (EFCO), Chair of the AAMA AMC Marketing Committee, which led efforts to develop the web page.“The project began as part of a strategic effort to reach target...

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AAMA Fall Conference to Feature Supplier Product Display, Backpack Build, More September 30-October 3

Several optional events will be taking place at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Fall Conference (September 30-October 3), including a reception at which suppliers can display their products, a World Vision-partnered philanthropic event at a local Title I school and more. Registration is now open for the conference, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines in Austin, TX. Please note, separate registration is required for most optional events.Supplier Product Display ReceptionConference participants are invited to view products and services during a...

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September 17 AAMA Webinar to Review What is New in State of the Construction Defect Industry

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) will host a webinar entitled “State of the Construction Defect Industry in 2019: What’s the Same and What’s New?” on September 17, open to all interested parties. Leading the webinar are Pete Fowler and Alex Prokop of Pete Fowler Construction Services. Register now for this complimentary session.This webinar will serve as an introduction to Construction Defects (CD) and the world of CD litigation. The speakers will review the history of the CD industry and offer an understanding of building...

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Window & Door Magazine | Industry Watch Columns

More and more, architects are seeking ways to bring the outdoors in, melding a building seamlessly with its outdoor environment. Multi-panel door systems offer an increasingly popular way to accomplish this. Not only do multi-panel door systems offer aesthetic and health benefits due to improved indoor air quality and daylighting, technological improvements also allow these systems to occupy a greater area in the building envelope without compromising overall Yglesiasdoors. NAFS-17 specifies five different configurations and descriptions of how to designate folding door units of from two to five panels. In addition to testing for air infiltration, water penetration and structural performance under wind loading, folding doors are tested for deflection, force to latch, force to engage, thermoplastic corner weld strength, deglazing, and operating cycle/slam withstand.

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