Releases Fenestration System Guide Specification Covering Tests
that Simulate Hazardous Blast
Guideline specifications, to assist architects, engineers, manufacturers
and code officials to ultimately reduce the hazardous consequences
of a blast force on fenestration systems, have been published by
the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). AAMA
510-06, Voluntary Guide Specification for Blast Hazard Mitigation
for Fenestration Systems, directs manufacturers to the appropriate
resources to simulate blast conditions in a laboratory environment
in order to evaluate and compare fenestration system performance
in a standardized manner.
"NIBS (the National Institute of Building Sciences) handed off
the challenge to reconcile blast mitigation specs to AAMA in much
the same way as we handed off the InstallationMasters™ program concept,
because of AAMA's 40-year track record in window certification,"
says Earle Kennett, NIBS vice president, technical programs. "More
practically, AAMA's membership includes about 80% of the commercial
fenestration manufacturers in the U.S. and all of the major players
in the blast resistant products market."
"The effort to establish a fenestration system performance classification
relating to the hazards of a blast event represents the combined
work of test laboratories, manufacturers, component suppliers and
independent consultants," notes Dennis Kelly, senior vice president
of Graham Architectural Products and chairman of the Blast Hazard
Task Group. "As a result, system categorization and standard tests
now exist for a broad range of products, allowing manufacturers
to design products in a manner that will help to reduce injuries
and fatalities-should the real thing occur," he explains. In addition
to establishing testing guidelines, other goals of the AAMA Blast
Hazard Task Group are to educate the design community and to establish
a rating system that could be referenced by project specifiers.
The Voluntary Guide Specification for Blast Hazard Mitigation
for Fenestration Systems is available through download, CD or
paper copy at a cost of $16.00 for non-members and $8.00 for members.
to visit the AAMA online store and order this and other material
or call 847-303-5664.