ANSI Board approves ANSI/AMCA standard 550-09.

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On November 16, 2009, the Board of Standards Review of ANSI approved ANSI/AMCA Standard 550-09, Test Method for High Velocity Wind Driven Rain Resistant Louvers. It was previously approved by AMCA membership on July 26, 2008, before ANSI approval process. Standard is intended to demonstrate acceptability of louver installations in essential/nonessential facilities that remain in operation during high-velocity wind conditions, and where water infiltration must be managed.



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ANSI/AMCA STANDARD 550-09, "Test Method for High Velocity Wind Driven Rain Resistant Louvers"



Arlington Heights, IL, USA - The Air Movement and Control Association International, Inc. (AMCA International) announced that the Board of Standards Review of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the following document on November 16, 2009; ANSI/AMCA STANDARD 550-09, "Test Method for High Velocity Wind Driven Rain Resistant Louvers." This standard was previously approved by the AMCA membership on July 26, 2008, and then sent to ANSI to begin approval process. 550-09 establishes uniform laboratory test methods and minimum performance ratings for water rejection capabilities of louvers intended to be used in high velocity wind conditions.

The scope of ANSI/AMCA 550-09 is intended to demonstrate the acceptability of louver installations in facilities (essential and non-essential) that will remain in operation during high velocity wind conditions, and where water infiltration must be kept to manageable amounts.

ANSI/AMCA Standard 550-09 is available for purchase at www.amca.org

AMCA International is accredited by ANSI as a standards developer using the "canvass" method. The canvass method provides and promotes a process that verifies the principles of openness have been followed in the approval procedure. It also ensures that a consensus of those individuals who are directly and materially affected by the standard(s) has been achieved.

For further information please contact:

Timothy Orris

Director of Technical Services

AMCA International

30 West University Drive, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

The Air Movement and Control Association International, Inc. is a not-for-profit international association of the world's manufacturers of related air system equipment - primarily, but not limited to fans, louvers, dampers, air curtains, airflow measurement stations, acoustic attenuators, and other air system components for the industrial, commercial, and residential markets.

The association's mission is to promote the health and growth of the industries covered by its scope and the members of the association consistent with the interests of the public. AMCA International, with origins dating back to 1917, has members in most industrialized countries throughout the world.

For more information, please contact:

Marian Vambreck,

Membership, Marketing & Communications

Air Movement and Control Association International, Inc.

30 West University Drive, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004

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