Thermal Performance

Glazing Manual (50th Anniversary Edition) (GANA)
The GANA Glazing Manual is recognized as the definitive source in the glass and glazing field. This manual includes complete information about primary and fabricated glass products, quality standards, design considerations, general and specific glazing guidelines and glazing in hazardous locations. Formerly published by the Flat Glass Marketing Association (FGMA), this manual is frequently referred to as the “industry bible.”
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Insulating Glass U-Value Document (IGMA TR-1401-96)
This study examines one method of rating the u-values of insulating glass units by themselves. This report includes computer simulation results to determine the effect of spacer type, low-e coatings, argon gas filling and other variables on the U-values of sealed units. This document provides a comparative rating for different variables and is intended for use when the final window configuration is unknown.
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Quality Assurance Processing & Monitoring Guide for Poured and Debridged Polyurethane Thermal Barriers (AAMA QAG-1)
Quality assurance checklist for the in-plant processing of poured and debridged thermal barriers. Includes equipment checks, chemical storage and handling, process control, debridging and fabrication.
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[Voluntary] Quality Assurance Processing Guide for Polyamide Thermal Barriers (AAMA QAG-2)
This Processing Guide is to assist architects, manufacturers, designers, and/or owner(s) in utilizing polyamide 6.6 thermal strip profiles, reinforced with 25% glass fibers in three axes, for use in curtain wall, storefront, windows, doors, and skylights. This standard applies to aluminum composite sections used in fenestration products.
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Standard Practice for Determining the Thermal Performance Characteristics of Fenestration Systems Installed in Commercial Buildings (AAMA 507)
This document provides a uniform standard method for determining the thermal performance of building specific fenestration systems that are installed in commercial buildings. The following thermal performance characteristics are included in this document: thermal transmittance (U-factor), solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC), visible transmittance (VT), air leakage and condensation resistance factor (CRF). A “Certificate of Compliance” form is included in this document.
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Voluntary Test Method for Thermal Transmittance and Condensation Resistance of Windows, Doors and Glazed Wall Sections (AAMA 1503)
This test method measures the thermal characteristics of windows, doors and glazed exterior wall sections under steady-state conditions. Specifically, measurements and calculations made using this procedure can be used to determine the thermal transmittance (air-to-air) or U-Factor, the air infiltration rate and/or the condensation resistance factor, hereafter called “CRF” for these products.
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White Paper on the Relevance of Decorative Glass Products to the U. S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System™ (GANA)

The intent of this White Paper is to address areas of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) Rating System that are relevant to the use of Decorative Glass. This document describes the ways in which decorative glass products are consistent with the intent of the LEED® Rating System. Although individual building products do not in themselves constitute conformance to the LEED® criteria, depending on the amount and type of glass used in a project, this versatile material has great potential to help achieve LEED® credits. The information contained in this paper has been developed using general or typical information on various decorative glass products. More specific information and performance data can be obtained through individual manufacturers that produce decorative glass products.
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