M e t a l M a t t e r s  
Setting the Standard  
Document Updates Offer Valuable Insight to Architects  
by Rich Rinka  
ear round, the American Architectural  
on these high-performing products.” Before 2016,  
Manufacturers Association (AAMA) works hard to  
Voluntary “Life Cycle” Specifications and Test Methods  
keep industry standards updated and current, often for AW Class Architectural Windows and Doors was  
including many architecturally-focused AAMA doc- last updated in 2010.  
uments. Here’s a quick rundown of some standards  
that got a facelift over the last year.  
And finally, this fall, the AAMA 506, Voluntary  
Specifications for Impact and Cycle Testing of  
Fenestration Products, was re-released. “The AAMA  
506 document provides details regarding the rat-  
ing of windows, doors and skylights for impact  
and pressure cycle testing, generally associated  
with hurricane conditions,” said Steven Saffell  
of Simonton, co-chair of the AAMA 506 Impact  
Specification review task group, when the update  
came out. Before this year, Voluntary Specifications  
for Impact and Cycle Testing of Fenestration Products,  
had not been updated since 2011.  
Here are some other documents AAMA recently  
AAMA 308 specifies requirements of cellular  
polyvinyl chloride (PVC) exterior profiles used  
in windows, doors and skylights.  
AAMA 980 establishes the requirements for  
materials, testing and performance for friction-  
based balance assemblies used in hung-type  
windows. This update ensures the document  
conforms to the most recent version of the  
North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS)/  
Specification for Windows, Doors and Skylights.  
AAMA 643 describes the test procedures and  
performance requirements for pigmented  
organic coatings applied to aluminum, fiber-  
reinforced thermoset or wood and cellulosic  
composite profiles for windows, doors, wall  
panels, skylights, sloped glazing and similar  
products. The update was made as a clarifica-  
tion to the requirements for outdoor or acceler-  
ated weathering testing.  
In early 2016, AAMA announced the updated  
AAMA 507, Standard Practice for Determining the  
Thermal Performance Characteristics of Fenestration  
Systems in Commercial Buildings. This document  
lays out the process for determining the ther-  
mal performance characteristics of fenestration  
systems, specifically in commercial buildings.  
The primary driver for this revision was for  
improvement and clarification of the reporting  
certificate,” said Joe Hayden of Pella, chair of the  
AAMA 507 review task group, at the time. Before  
this most recent iteration, this document had last  
been updated in 2012.  
A few months later, the AAMA 800 update  
was released, describing the test procedures and  
specifications required for sealants. The docu-  
ment, Voluntary Specifications and Test Methods  
for Sealants, was previously last updated in 2010.  
This document was re-organized to make it easier  
to follow in terms of material type. Materials and  
test methods now are grouped together in subsec-  
tions,” said Mark Toth of H.B. Fuller, chair of the  
AAMA 800 maintenance committee. “This latest  
version more easily facilitates use by sealant manu-  
facturers and fenestration fabricators. This update  
will also ease the task of future updates.”  
AAMA soon after released an updated edition  
of AAMA 910, a document describing the test  
procedures and specifications for Architectural  
Class windows and doors (AW). “AW windows  
and doors, covered in AAMA/WDMA/CSA  
01/I.S.2/A440 (NAFS), are the only fenestra-  
AAMA 920 establishes a standard test method  
and set of performance criteria for side-hinged  
exterior door active slabs and their associated  
hardware connections under accelerated operat-  
tion product types that go through accelerated  
life cycle testing including operating and thermal  
cycles followed by structural, air and water tests,”  
said Greg McKenna of Kawneer, chair of the  
AAMA 910 Lifecycle Testing review task group,  
when the update was released. “AAMA 910 is an  
important document as it is referenced in NAFS  
and lists the sequence of tests to be conducted  
ing conditions.  
Rich Rinka is the technical manager of standards  
and industry affairs for the American Architectural  
Manufacturers Association in Schaumburg, Ill.  
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