AAMA Task Group Continues to Tackle Door Component
Testing and Substitution
June 9, 2009
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Door
Component Certification Task Group hosted an open forum on June
4, immediately following its Summer Conference to further the development
of component substitution for door certification.
"The development of requirements for component testing of
exterior side-hinged doors has been a high priority for AAMA members
and the industry. AAMA and representatives of other associations
have been working diligently to develop a program that allows the
substitution of qualified door components within tested door assemblies,"
says Dean Lewis, AAMA chief engineer, certification programs.
The group met to further the development of guidelines to be used
for side-hinged entry door component substitution/interchangeability.
These guidelines will then be used by industry associations to craft
procedural guides for their own individual certification programs.
The group specifically deliberated on four sections of the current
working draft: general requirements, hinges, locks and door glass
assemblies. In addition to specific assignments, the current draft
will be sent to those who had primary responsibility for authorship
of the various sections for a thorough review and any necessary
revisions. This was the fifth such open forum organized the AAMA
Door Component Certification Task Group, which included other interested
industry organizations and manufacturers.
"The expanded input from other associations is key to building
a solid foundation for a workable rating and certification system
that will facilitate code compliance and serve as a level playing
field for all door pre-hangers and manufacturers. The substitution
of qualified door components within tested door assemblies is an
important part of this initiative," says Mark Fortun of Endura
Products Inc. who chairs the AAMA Door Component Certification Task
The task group will host another door forum on July 13 at AAMA
offices in Schaumburg, Ill.
for more information on this meeting and the door certification
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