Industry Groups Publish Exterior Door Installation Guide for Extreme Wind and Water Exposure

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the Fenestration Manufacturers Association (FMA) and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) have jointly published a standard practice for the installation of exterior doors into residential and light-commercial buildings of not more than three stories above grade in height, with surface barrier wall construction. FMA/AAMA/WDMA 400-13, Standard Practice for the Installation of Exterior Doors in Surface Barrier Masonry Construction for Extreme Wind/Water Exposure, is specifically designed for installations subject to extreme wind and water climate exposure, particularly in the coastal southeast United States, and addresses buildings that will be at high risk for water intrusion.

“AAMA continues its work with Fenestration Manufacturers Association (FMA) and Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) on developing a series of standard practices targeting fenestration installations for elevated wind and water climate exposure,” says Ken Brenden, AAMA’s technical director. “The preventive measures outlined in FMA/AAMA/WDMA 400 are validated through actual laboratory testing prior to publishing the document. The standard addresses a common building application where an exterior door is installed into a masonry/concrete opening. This standard practice will be welcomed by architects, manufacturers, installation contractors and building code officials alike.”

FMA/AAMA/WDMA 400 is the fourth installation document in the series, which also includes:

  • FMA/AAMA 100, Standard Practice for the Installation of Windows with Flanges or Mounting Fins in Wood Frame Construction for Extreme Wind/Water Conditions;
  • FMA/AAMA 200, Standard Practice for the Installation of Windows with Frontal Flanges for Surface Barrier Masonry Construction for Extreme Wind/Water Conditions; and
  • FMA/AAMA/WDMA 300, Standard Practice for the Installation of Exterior Doors in Wood Frame Construction for Extreme Wind/Water Exposure.
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