The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has released SFM-1-14, “The Aluminum Storefront and Entrance Manual,” which provides technical information regarding the installation of high-quality, attractive aluminum storefronts and entrances.

SFM-1-14 presents information in five main sections: terminology, design information, hardware, engineering design and guide specifications, according to AAMA.

Until recently, the 27-year-old document hadn’t been updated since 1987.

“It’s imperative for this document to be up-to-date because we use it as a base for training young and/or new application project engineers,” says Kawneer’s Donnie Hunter, vice chair of the Aluminum Storefront Door Task Group. “This is a resource our engineers use throughout their careers.”

Hunter adds that the document will be of value not only to engineers but throughout the building industry.

“The appropriate standards in storefront and entrance design will benefit all concerned,” he says. “That means the architect, the manufacturer, the contractor and, most importantly, the building owner.”