Informational Guides

A Comparison of Condensation Rating Systems for Fenestration (AAMA CRS)
This AAMA Document addresses some of the common causes and the technical issues related to condensation and offer a comparison of the tools available for rating fenestration systems for condensation resistance.
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ASTM E 2190 Fact Sheet (IGMA)
This fact sheet addresses differences between the ASTM E 773/E774, CGSB 12.8 and ASTM E 2190 Standard Test Specifications.
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Daylighting Basics, Daylighting and Energy Savings (AAMA SKY-2)
This fact sheet, created by AAMA’s Skylight Council, details the benefits of daylighting through skylights, while also reinforcing the energy savings that can be achieved when utilizing these products for daylighting.
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Definition of a Failed Unit (IGMA TB-1205-89)
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Definition of a Gas Filled Unit (IGMA TB-1202-91)
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Describing Architectural Glass Constructions (GANA ID 01-1107)
Architectural glass products used in commercial construction applications often incorporate multiple lites of glass with different colors, thicknesses, strength, coatings and other surface and edge treatments. The Glass Association of North America (GANA) recommends the terminology and practices for describing the construction of architectural glass products to be used in windows, doors, skylights, window walls and curtain walls contained within this document.
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Glass and Metals 101: Anatomy of a Building (NGA 2016)
Glass and Metals 101, originally released in 2010 and updated in 2016, provides an introductory guide to help architects and specifiers navigate the world of glass and metals. This guide addresses glass and glazing performance values, load requirements, codes and standards, and basic product definitions. It includes:

  • Window and curtain-wall glossary
  • Glass and glazing performance value glossary
  • Guide to daylighting considerations
  • Glazing product identification on a range of buildings
  • Answers to architects’ frequently asked questions
  • Resources for additional information

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Glass and Metals 201: Glazing Specifications (NGA 2017)
Updated in 2017, Glass and Metals 201 offers information about glazing specifications, including:

  • A list of common errors and how to avoid them
  • Fire-rated trends and specification challenges
  • Standards and test methods

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Glass and Metals 301: Interior Glass (NGA 2018)
Part three of the “All About Glass and Metal” series, the guide provides an introductory look at interior glass and the design possibilities it offers for nonresidential applications. It also addresses common questions and concerns regarding these types of products. Specifics include:

  • Answers to architects’ frequently asked questions about interior glass and glazing
  • FAQs by product type
  • “Idea Book” illustrating interior glass applications

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Glass and Metals 401: Protective Glazing (NGA 2013)
Part four of Glass Magazine’s “All About Glass and Metal” series examines the trends, applications and new product options for security glazing products (ballistic, bomb and burglary resistant). It also looks at fire-rated glazing, which is increasingly being asked to do double-duty in terms of fire and ballistic protection. Specifics include:

  • Types of security glazing
  • Security glazing and fire-rated glass FAQs
  • The most common specification mistakes in protective glass and glazing applications
  • Threat-resistant design recommendations
  • Security glazing case studies

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Glass and Metals 501: Building Orientation (NGA 2014)
Part five of Glass Magazine’s “All About Glass and Metal” series examines the importance of building orientation when specifying glass and glazing. Specifics include:

  • How orientation affects performance measurements
  • Impact of location and site on design
  • Potential solutions for façade elevations
  • A list of design and modeling tools
  • A project case study

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Glass and Metals 601: Complex Facades (NGA 2015)
Part six of Glass Magazine’s “All About Glass and Metal” series examines the challenges of designing and building complex façades. Specifics include:

  • Going beyond design-bid-build process
  • Computer modeling and mockups
  • Process challenges for the entire project team
  • Three questions for a complex façade
  • Case studies

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Selection and Application Guide for Plastic Glazed Skylights and Sloped Glazing (AAMA PSSG)
The purpose of this document is to provide the architect, engineer, contractor and property owner with the Information and knowledge to understand the value and effective application of plastic glazed skylights and sloped glazing in a building design as well as the features and benefits of different plastic glazing materials.
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Skylight Fall Protection Position Paper (AAMA SKY-1)
This position paper, created by AAMA’s Skylight Council, reinforces that the responsibility for fall protection must be shared amongst the many parties involved with the design, construction and maintenance of roofs. The paper outlines safety procedures for minimizing risk to form a strong foundation for mitigating the occurrence of all falls from roofs and roof openings.
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