AAMA Publishes Life Cycle and Anchorage Documents
August 3, 2010
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has
published documents relating to fenestration anchorage and life
cycle testing. AAMA 910-10, Voluntary "Life Cycle"
Specifications and Test Methods for AW Class Architectural Windows
and Doors, is a specification and test method intended to model,
through accelerated testing, the normal wear that can be expected
during the life of a typical architectural door or window product.
"Since its introduction more than 20 years ago, the AAMA 910
'Life Cycle' testing specification for AW Class windows and doors
has been widely accepted by industry consultants and the specifying
community," says Ken Brenden, AAMA technical services manager.
"With the advance of technology, along with two decades of
experience and test data from a variety of materials, this specification
and test method has been updated to reflect the changing needs of
the marketplace, such as longer warranty periods, sustainable design,
more durable finishes and increasingly more stringent code requirements."
The newly created AAMA TIR-A-14-10, Fenestration Anchorage Guidelines,
serves as a companion document to AAMA 2501 (Voluntary Guideline
for Engineering Analysis of Window and Sliding Glass Door Anchorage
Systems) and offers engineering rules and guidelines in the
design of anchorage fasteners for doors and windows. The document
provides an overview of the issues that must be addressed during
anchorage design and analysis.
Brenden states, "In the window and door industry, the type
of available anchoring systems are just as varied and numerous as
the different types and configurations of available windows. No
matter which anchor system is utilized, the principle engineering
methodology does not change."
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