AAMA 506-06 Addresses Hurricane Impact Testing

A key document for assisting architects and specifiers in the development of hurricane resistance specifications for fenestration products has been revised by AAMA, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association. Originally published in 2000, the updated document is AAMA 506-06, "Voluntary Specifications for Hurricane Impact and Cycle Testing of Fenestration Products."

The document outlines a testing system for rating the ability of windows, doors, skylights, storefronts, sliding doors and curtain walls to withstand impact and pressure cycling generally associated with hurricane conditions. "Specifications are based on initial qualification through one of the gateway documents referenced in the publication and on testing guidelines, which have been established by ASTM," according to Larry Livermore, AAMA Technical Standards Manager.

The AAMA 506-06 is available through download, CD or paper copy at a cost of $8.00 for non-members and $4.00 for members.

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