AAMA updates methods for testing of exterior walls

The standard specifies test methods, specifications, and field checks to evaluate structural adequacy of exterior wall systems composed of curtain walls, storefronts, and sloped glazing.

August 06, 2015 |
AAMA updates methods for testing of exterior walls

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The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released an updated document specifying test methods, specifications, and field checks used to evaluate the structural adequacy of wall systems and their ability to resist water penetration and air leakage. Other optional tests are also included. 

AAMA 501-15 is intended to be referenced in laboratory and field testing methods for exterior wall systems composed of curtain walls, storefronts, and sloped glazing. It was previously updated in 2005.

According to José Colon (Architectural Testing), Chair of the AAMA 501 Update Task Group, the standard was recently updated to make sure all labs and product manufacturers are on the same page with procedures and with pass/fail criteria for certain parts of the standard. These document updates also take into consideration new technologies for equipment being used for testing.

“Historically, AAMA 501 has been the base standard for project specific test requirements,” says Colon. “More and more specifications are being written that are even longer than what is called out in AAMA 501.” This is especially the case in places with more detailed codes, like Miami-Dade County or the state of Florida in general, said Colon.

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