most recent revision of the AAMA and. field testing protocols. AAMA 08,. “Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of. Newly Installed Fenestration. The AAMA (Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Newly Installed Fenestration Products) is a field-testing guide developed by the American. AAMA Voluntary Specification for field testing of newly installed fenestration products. Includes Air Infiltration and Water Penetration.
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For window and door manufacturers, the procedure provides a uniform approach for dealing with different code jurisdictions and specific design pressure for each size of fenestration product opening.
AAMA Water Spray Testing
The Requirement of AAMA accreditation assures the specifier that the laboratory has the staff, training, experience and calibrated equipment to properly perform field testing. One-week notice prior to water testing is usually given to all construction crew members concerned with window installation.
Typically, a sampling of windows from the project is selected and tested. This guide illustrates test procedures to ensure air and moisture penetration is minimized in new window installations. In addition, the AAMA guide provides verbiage that can be directly inserted into project specifications, saving time and effort. Read more about what our customers have to say The only problem with the verbiage provided is that it is often inserted in a generic format that does not provide details as to the areas, quantity, and specific testing pressures.
It is primarily used for new construction quality control and assurance purposes.
This guideline is for forensic or investigative water spray testing only. The number of tests depends on the size and budget of the project. Please contact AAMA for assistance, as needed. Building Diagnostics Group, Inc. Please read our simple purchasing instructions first to ensure a smooth transaction. Once wama parameters aamw specified, the testing agency ensures that proper procedures were followed during the construction installation process. Normally, if a window fails, the contractor should be prepared for a wider scope of testing.
This specification is for quality assurance water penetration testing only. What are FTL’s Qualifications? With a large project, testing early on can prevent expensive repairs if a design flaw is identified during the first phase of testing. The AAMA is the first edition of this voluntary guideline. Any moisture not coming in through the window, but getting in somehow, will be subject to further forensic investigation.
A specified pressure is awma while any escaping air is measured. Water penetration observed when testing windows will be given extra attention for the remainder of the project.
See our AAMA page for additional information if your project requires to test for the rated air leakage or rated water penetration performance. Search by product code or category or leave the product code field blank to see a list of all AAMA publications. Fenestration Testing Laboratory was founded in and is an internationally accredited test laboratory for fenestration products and exterior building envelope systems.
The specification is for quality assurance water penetration testing only. Professional services based on accurate information that helps you or your company make the right decision regarding your project or asset.
American Architectural Manufacturers Association. The project architect, manager, or owner specifies the amount and locations of the windows to be tested; this happens either early in the project or at three intervals in aaama case of large projects: This allows us to not only properly test fenestrations on new construction projects, but also pinpoint the cause of 502-008 test failures and provide accurate recommendations to achieve successful testing results.
Water leakage uses the same method while spraying the window from outside to observe indoor penetration.
This comparative analysis procedure is especially suited for regions where it is desirable to document the performance of each window and exterior door size to meet specific structural design pressure criteria. The AAMA is aa,a proper test method for field testing of storefronts, curtain walls and sloped glazing for air leakage and water penetration resistance performance. Before testing, the window installation is visually observed.
AAMA Test Standard for Air & Water Infiltration
It’s important to note that the AAMA test standard also utilizes the ASTM E test method which details specific test set-up and equipment requirements for the water penetration portion of the test, and the Ama E test method which details test set-up and equipment requirements for the Air Infiltration portion of the test.
Give us a call to discuss your next project. These specifications establish the requirements for test specimens, apparatus, sampling, test procedures and test reports to be used in evaluating the performance of installed windows and sliding aaka doors hereafter referred to as “windows”.
This field check is not appropriate for testing operable components. If the window installation was completed within 6 months, and there is not a building occupancy permit COthen the AAMA is the right document to use. The testing procedure outlined in the AAMA It is not recommended to notify anyone of the actual test locations until the testing agency arrives onsite.
This field check procedure is only intended to evaluate joints, 520-08 and sealant details in the glazing which are designed to remain permanently awma and water tight.
AAMA Water Spray Testing
This specification establishes the requirements for field test specimens, apparatus, sampling, test procedures and test reports to be used in verifying the air infiltration resistance performance and water penetration resistance performance of newly installed fenestration products. Our field consultants are properly trained and knowledgeable of all testing standards.
The AAMA was first released in and has had many changes over the years. The AAMA can be utilized if the project requires investigative testing. The construction contract will appoint a party responsible for the cost of the testing.
See our AAMA page for additional information.
If you have any questions pertaining to field testing specifications on your project, or simply need a quote, do not hesitate to call or email anytime and we would be glad to assist you the 50-208 we can.
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