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AAMA Releases Improvements, Clarifications to AAMA 507-15.

Press Release Summary:

Jan 28, 2016 - AAMA 507-15, “Standard Practice for Determining the Thermal Performance Characteristics of Fenestration Systems in Commercial Buildings,” has been updated. According to Joe Hayden (Pella) of AAMA 507 Review Task Group, primary driver for this revision was to improve and clarify reporting certificate – now changed to "Fenestration Product Rating Certificate." Other revisions include removal of outdated information as well as incremental improvements and editorial clarifications.

American Architectural Manufacturers Association - Schaumburg, IL

Original Press Release

AAMA Releases Standard for Determining Thermal Performance in Commercial Buildings

Press release date: Jan 25, 2016

Schaumburg, Illinois -- The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has updated and released a document laying out the process for determining the thermal performance characteristics of fenestration systems, specifically in commercial buildings. This document was last updated in 2012.

Fenestration impacts building energy use through four basic mechanisms: thermal heat transfer, solar heathgain, visible transmittance and air leakage. Condensation resistance is considered not to affect energy use and is therefore not a concern of the building codes. However, CRF is an important thermal performance characteristic and is therefore included in this document.

“The primary driver for this revision was for improvement and clarification of the reporting certificate,” says Joe Hayden (Pella), chair of the AAMA 507 Review Task Group. “This was previously referred to as a ‘Certificate of Compliance,’ and has now been changed to a 'Fenestration Product Rating Certificate’ to better indicate its intended purpose.”

Some additional improvements were also made to the certificate, says Hayden, and an SI version has been added. Other revisions to the document included the removal of outdated information, minor incremental improvements and editorial clarifications.

AAMA 507-15, “Standard Practice for Determining the Thermal Performance Characteristics of Fenestration Systems in Commercial Buildings,” as well as other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s Publication Store.

More information about AAMA and its activities can be found via the AAMA Media Relations page or on the AAMA website.

AAMA is the source of performance standards, product certification, and educational programs for the fenestration industry.sm

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