Volume 39, Issue 3, March  2004

Codes&Regulations

ASTM Forms Homeland Security Committee 

ASTM International has an-nounced the formation of a new committee, E54, which will develop standards and guidance materials for homeland security applications. The committee is made up of individuals from both the public and private sector, including representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, trade associations, security product manufacturers and more.

“The prevailing sentiment among government and business leaders is that homeland security is a complex issue requiring a coordinated effort between the private and public sector,” stated an ASTM International press release. “Both see that solutions for homeland security will require coordinated combinations of strategy, management structures, human resources, technology … financial investment and a comprehensive standards component.” 
Info www.astm.org or call 610/832-9500.

AAMA Updates Three Field Testing Documents 
Three field testing documents used for verifying the performance of installed windows, sliding glass doors, storefronts and low-rise curtainwall have been updated and published by the Schaumberg, Ill.-based American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). The publications represent current test methods, specifications and diagnostic documents for field evaluation of fenestration products and are labeled: AAMA 502-02 “Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Windows and Sliding Glass Doors,” AAMA 503-03 “Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Storefronts, Curtainwalls and Sloped Glazing Systems, and AAMA 501.2-03 “Quality Assurance and Diagnostic Water Leakage Field Check of Installed Storefronts, Curtainwalls and Sloped Glazing Systems.” 

AAMA 502-02 establishes acceptable levels of air leakage and water penetration and provides procedures for evaluating the performance of installed products.

AAMA 503-03 is similar to AAMA 502-02, but applies to installed storefronts, low-rise curtainwall and sloped glazing systems. Both documents refer to ASTM documents E 783 and E 1105 for testing methodology and equipment requirements used in testing for field air infiltration and field water penetration. 

AAMA 501.2-03 was renamed “Quality Assurance and Diagnostic Water Leakage Field Check of Installed Storefronts, Curtainwalls and Sloped Glazing Systems,” according to Walker, because the title is a more accurate reflection of the document’s intended purpose. The history of this document dates back to the National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers (NAAMM). In 1976, it was converted from a NAAMM publication to AAMA FC-1-76 “Specifications for Field Check of Metal Curtainwalls for Water Leakage.” 
Info www.aamanet.org or call 847/303-5664. 

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