AAMA releases document addressing specification for field testing
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumburg, Ill., has released the AAMA 503-08, a voluntary specification for field testing of newly installed storefronts, curtain walls and sloped glazing systems, according to a Nov. 25 AAMA release. The recently revised specification, titled Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Newly Installed Storefronts, Curtain Walls and Sloped Glazing Systems, establishes the requirements for test specimens, apparatus, sampling, test procedures and test reports to be used in evaluating the performance of installed storefronts, curtain walls and sloped glazing systems and their installation during construction, prior to issuance of the building occupancy permit, but no later than six months after issuance of the occupancy permit.
"The purpose of this specification is to provide a method which can be used to evaluate the installed performance of storefronts, curtain walls and sloped glazing systems for resistance to water penetration under controllable and reproducible test conditions intended to simulate wind driven rain events," said Ken Brenden, AAMA technical standards manager, in the release. "This specification may also be used to evaluate the installed air leakage of 'punched opening' curtain walls, storefronts and sloped glazing."
Windows, glass doors and skylights as defined in AAMA AG-07 are excluded from this specification; if required, these systems shall be tested per AAMA 502. Also excluded are commercial entrance systems. Verifying the structural loading resistance performance of storefronts, curtain walls and sloped glazing systems is beyond the scope of this specification, according to the release.
To order AAMA 503-08, visit the AAMA Online Publication Store; call 847/303-5664; or write the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, 1827 Walden Office Square, Suite 550, Schaumburg, IL 60173.