The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated its
performance testing documents on measuring water penetration and air leakage in
high-rise applications for installed windows, storefronts, sloped glazing and
curtainwalls. The documents are titled AAMA 501-05, "Methods of Tests for
Exterior Walls," and AAMA 501.1-05, "Standard Test Method for Water
Penetration of Windows, Curtainwalls and Doors Using Dynamic Pressure." They
were last published in 1994.
"These publications define current test methods, specifications and testing
equipment used by laboratories for mock-up testing for air leakage, static water
resistance and structural performance as prescribed by ASTM, and dynamic water
penetration tests as defined by AAMA," said Carl Wagus, AAMA technical director.
In addition, AAMA 504 "Voluntary Laboratory Test Method to Qualify Fenestration
Installation Procedures," is slated for release June 30. Wagus said the purpose
of this document is to define laboratory testing procedures used for simulating
new construction installation practices, similar to those found in InstallationMasters
and/or ASTM E 2112.