AAMA Announces IG Certification Program
July 1, 2010
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has
joined forces with Associated Labs Inc. (ALI) to offer insulating
glass (IG) certification. The two organizations will work together
to broaden accessibility to IG certification programs, in time for
the National Fenestration Rating Council's (NFRC) imminent requirement
for IG certification, effective July 1.
"The success of the largest North American whole product certification
program combines with ALI's well-established IG Certification Program.
This relationship brings together two powerhouses of fenestration
expertise - ALI with decades of IG certification experience and
AAMA with decades of fenestration product certification and standards
setting experience," stated Rich Walker, AAMA president and
chief executive officer.
Beginning today the NFRC will start enforcing the requirement for
IG certification by a listed, third-party certification program
for all insulating glass units used in products that are authorized
for NFRC certification and labeled in accordance with the NFRC 700,
Product Certification Program (PCP).
"ALI offers competitive fees and a long history of IG certification,"
says Walker. "ALI has been offering IG certification since
1968 and has been the sole administrator of AAMA's air-water-structural
certification program since 1984."
He adds, "There will be immediate cost and scheduling savings
for companies who currently participate in the AAMA air-water-structural
certification program. Performing inspections for both the air-water-structural
and IG programs offer significant cost savings."
"AAMA brings to the table vast window and door experience,
as well as marketing opportunities and accessibility to technology
to increase the value of the licensee's investment," stated
Brad Schultz, ALI's vice president.
HERE for a listing of NFRC IG certification program sponsors.
HERE for more information about AAMA and its certification program
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