In the Details
Efforts Underway to Update Storefront and Entrance Manua
By Ken Brenden
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association’s (AAMA)
Aluminum Storefront Door Task Group has taken up the task of revising
the venerable Aluminum Storefront and Entrance Manual (AAMA SFM-1-87)
and also is planning to develop an Application Guide for Commercial Storefront
and Entrance Systems. The manual, which is positioned to serve as an aid
for solving the special design problems of public entrance areas, provides
authoritative information on good design practice including hardware selection
and structural design.
the course of revising the 1987-vintage AAMA Aluminum Storefront and Entrance
(AAMA SFM-1), industry changes since the last publication will affect
what information is included.
The task group will evaluate the inclusion of new information regarding
advances in design, current
product offerings, updated performance requirements and more.”
Work in Progress
During the AAMA 72nd Annual Conference, which took place February 22-25,
in Coronado, Calif., the initial review identified a number of necessary
changes, such as the use of current Construction Specifications Institute
and American Institute of Architects guide specifications. In addition,
the manual will also reference applicable current standards, such as ASCE/SEI
7, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, and ASTM E
1300, Standard Practice for Determining Load Resistance of Glass in Buildings.
Ensuring that definitions are congruent with those in other sources such
as ASTM E 331, Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior
Windows, Skylights, Doors and Curtain Walls by Uniform Static Air Pressure
Difference and correcting water test pressure levels (20 percent vs. 10
percent) and air leakage rates (0.1 cfm/ft2 at 6.24 psf vs. from 0.06
cfm/ft2 at 6.24 psf) is also at the top of the list for necessary revisions.
Likewise, the manual is being reviewed to delete outdated information,
such as that of stock painted finishes and shading coefficients. Mention
is also added regarding the inclusion of operability and long-term durability
of astragals and weather sweeps that may be added to entrances subject
to testing to ASTM E 283, Standard Test Method for Determining Rate of
Air Leakage Through Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, and Doors Under Specified
Pressure Differences Across the Specimen.
In the course of revising the 1987-vintage AAMA Aluminum Storefront and
Entrance Manual (AAMA SFM-1), industry changes since the last publication
will affect what information is included. The task group will evaluate
the inclusion of new information regarding advances in design, current
product offerings, updated performance requirements and more. Code-mandated
performance requirements, as well as new and improved systems, will also
be taken into consideration. The supplemental Application Guide for Commercial
Storefront and Entrance Systems is still in the development stages; however,
the guide is slated to address performance requirements (air, water, structural
and thermal) for both laboratory and field-testing, in addition to accessibility
concerns. The membership’s review of the document is scheduled for completion
this summer, and the final document is expected to be available via AAMA’s
online publication store (www.aamanetstore.org) later this year. AG
Ken Brenden is the technical services manager for
the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) based in Schaumburg,
Ill. Mr. Brenden's opinions are solely his own and not necessarily those
of this magazine.
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