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FGIA Releases New Document Setting Requirements for Synthetic Laminates for All Substrates

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has released a new specification establishing minimum requirements for in-process quality control requirements for applicators of synthetic laminates to substrates used in windows, doors and skylights. AAMA 664-21, Voluntary Specification for In-Process Quality Control Requirements for Applicators of Synthetic Interior and Exterior Laminates to Substrates of: Cellulosic Composite, Cellular Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Fiber Reinforced Thermoset, Finished Aluminum, Rigid and Reinforced Thermoplastic, and Wood, is now available for purchase.“After having extracted, condensed and updated quality control requirements out of...

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FGIA Updates Specification for Sliding Door, Lift and Slide Roller Assemblies

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has released an updated version of a document pertaining to roller assemblies, with or without height adjustment features, for use in sliding doors and lift and slide doors. AAMA 906-21, Specification for Sliding Door and Lift and Slide Roller Assemblies, was last updated in 2018.“The AAMA 906 task group made quick work of an important update to capture a market trend toward heavy sliding doors,” said Matt Taylor (HOPPE North America), Co-Chair of the FGIA Heavy Duty Roller...

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FGIA Updates Performance Rating Method Standard for Mulled Combination Assemblies, More

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a mulled assemblies document. AAMA 450-20, Performance Rating Method for Mulled Combination Assemblies, Composite Units, and Other Mulled Fenestration Systems, was last updated in 2010. This FGIA performance rating method describes procedures and requirements for determining the air leakage, water resistance and structural performance of mulled fenestration systems.This method describes test procedures and calculation procedures for determining the performance of mulled fenestration systems. Mulled fenestration systems may be factory assembled or knocked down for field assembly...

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FGIA Updates Test Method for Vertical Fenestration Installation Procedures

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a test method evaluating the performance and durability of the integration of a fenestration product with a building envelope. AAMA 504-20, Voluntary Laboratory Test Method to Qualify Vertical Fenestration Installation Procedures, was originally created in 2005. This is its first update.“The robust integration of windows and doors with the building envelope in a wide variety of wall configurations and environmental exposures presents unique challenges to ensure acceptable performance,” said Jim Katsaros (Dupont Performance Building Solutions), Chair...

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FGIA Releases Updated Flashing Document

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA) has updated a specification establishing minimum performance requirements for self-adhering flashing surrounding common exterior fenestration products. AAMA 711-20, Specification for Self-Adhering Flashing Used for Installation of Exterior Wall Fenestration Products, was originally created in 2007. This is its second update, having last been updated in 2013.“Self-adhered flashing products are broadly used at the window-wall interface to provide a durable moisture seal and enhance the long-term performance of the installation,” said Jim Katsaros (DuPont Performance Building Solutions), Chair of...

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Door and Window Market Magazine | AAMA Analysis Columns

To perform as intended, an installed window must be an effective amalgam of many components. Among the possible combinations, there’s a “sweet spot” in performance trade-offs at which you’ll find optimum energy efficiency, structural integrity and integration with building envelopes. In the process, there are many types of sealants that play a role—including expanding aerosol polyurethane foams, which can greatly enhance the installation quality of prime and replacement fenestration products by sealing the rough opening against air leakage. Applied in the gap between the rough opening and the window or door frame, foam expands to assume the shape of the gap and hardens to provide a highly effective air barrier. When foam sealant that is not formulated for door and window installation is used, though, the pressure exerted by the foam as it cures and expands can induce frame deflection and compromise proper operation of sashes.

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Window & Door Magazine | Industry Watch Columns

More and more, architects are seeking ways to bring the outdoors in, melding a building seamlessly with its outdoor environment. Multi-panel door systems offer an increasingly popular way to accomplish this. Not only do multi-panel door systems offer aesthetic and health benefits due to improved indoor air quality and daylighting, technological improvements also allow these systems to occupy a greater area in the building envelope without compromising overall Yglesiasdoors. NAFS-17 specifies five different configurations and descriptions of how to designate folding door units of from two to five panels. In addition to testing for air infiltration, water penetration and structural performance under wind loading, folding doors are tested for deflection, force to latch, force to engage, thermoplastic corner weld strength, deglazing, and operating cycle/slam withstand.

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