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Gold Label Certification
The AAMA Certification Program and its familiar Gold Label are accepted or required by many federal, state and municipal building codes and administrators as an indication of product quality to builders, dealers, and building and homeowners. Given the value of the AAMA Gold Label, some manufacturers have been known to use imitation labels. To protect those companies who have passed the required rigorous testing within its certification program quality assurance system, the online Certified Products Directory catalogs all products currently authorized for certification through the AAMA program and the companies that manufacture them.
Offer your customers what your competitors don’t – the confidence of AAMA Certification. The stringent AAMA Certification Program procedures assure your customers that the products selected, when installed properly, match the quality of the sample product tested.
Enhanced Quality and Value
Show your customers that your windows, doors and skylights meet stringent performance standards with the AAMA Certification Label, which tells them that:
- A sample of the product underwent testing per the performance-based, material-neutral requirements of the AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 industry standard or its predecessors
- Tests were performed at an independent AAMA Accredited Test Lab and met the following criteria
- Prescribed maximum levels of air leakage through the assembly
- No water penetration through the assembly at a specified simulated wind speed
- Prescribed levels of structural resistance to wind and other dynamic pressures
- Life cycle durability requirements as applicable based on the product’s performance class designation
- Component performance verification to AAMA specifications
- Two unannounced plant inspections each year confirm
- The manufacturer has continually monitored the product production for compliance and quality assurance procedures
- The product is being built as described in the test report or with approved modifications
- The manufacturer is using the required certified profiles and verified components where performance standards for those particular parts and materials exist
Thermal Performance - AAMA Silver Label
Energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important to homeowners, builders and manufacturers. Recognizing this, FGIA offers optional certification for thermal performance.
Manufacturers may certify product thermal performance to the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) requirements without the prerequisite of AAMA Gold Label certification for basic air, water and structural performance requirements. Products tested for thermal performance only are authorized to bear the AAMA Silver Certification Label.
In cases where the product has been authorized for certification for basic air, water and structural performance as well as thermal performance, an AAMA Gold Label with an additional tab indicating thermal certification is used.
Manufactured Home Fenestration Products Certification
Similar to the AAMA Gold Label certification program, FGIA also offers certification for windows and doors used in manufactured housing (mobile homes). These products are tested for air, water and structural performance to meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Learn more about the Manufactured Housing Certification Program.
Florida Product Approval
FGIA can assist all licensees of the AAMA air, water and structural certification program in obtaining approval of their products sold in the state of Florida. Learn more about the Florida Validation Program.
The AAMA Certification programs are funded by fees charged to the licensees of the program. These fees are categorized as follows:
- Annual fees: covers the administration and maintenance of the program
- Inspection fees: covers the cost on annual or bi-annual in-plant audits
- Product line fees: incurred whenever a product is approved for certification and listed in the CPD or Verified Components List
Copies of the fee schedules associated with each program may be obtained by contacting ProductCertification@fgiaonline.org.
FGIA communicates updates for all of its programs using Certification Bulletins. Access these Certification Bulletins.
Certification Program Complaints
All of FGIA’s programs are operated in an open and transparent manner. A complaint is defined as an expression of dissatisfaction (other than Appeal – see Section 15.0) to the Validator or the Certification Manager by any Licensee, person or organization, relating to either the operation of the certification program or qualifications of a certified product, where a response is expected. For more information on filing a complaint please visit the Certification Complaints web page.
Want More Information?
Contact ProductCertification@fgiaonline.org for more information on becoming a participant.
It shall be the policy of FGIA that:
- FGIA maintains a firm commitment to impartiality. All product certification activities, including all testing, surveillance inspections, audits and evaluations, shall be conducted impartially, objectively, uniformly, accurately and in a timely manner per the requirements of applicable product standards and those of ISO/IEC 17065, ISO/IEC 17020 and ISO/IEC 17021 as applicable for independent third-party programs. No commercial, financial or other pressures shall be permitted to compromise that impartiality.
- All personnel who have direct access to proprietary information by the nature of their duties shall consider all such information to be confidential and only released to others upon written request or approval of an authorized representative of the participating Licensee or applicant and with the approval of the Certification Manager Services Manager, Fenestration.
- All programs shall be nondiscriminatory in that:
- access by applicants and participants who meet published program requirements shall not be conditioned upon membership in any organization, nor otherwise impeded or inhibited in any way,
- access shall not be conditional upon the size of the licensee nor upon the number of products it certifies, and
- applicable fees shall be applied equally and uniformly to all applicants and participants with the exception that fee reductions may be offered if the participant is an FGIA member. This policy shall be communicated throughout the organization and understood as to its implications for the performance of all responsibilities.