Voluntary Test & Installation

25 Year Field Correlation Study Report (1980-2005) (IGMA TR-4000-08)
Jointly sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Sealed Insulating Glass Manufacturers Association (now IGMA), the study field evaluated ASTM E 774 Standard –certified insulating glass units. This study includes two phases. The initial study started in 1980 and Phase 2, started in 1990 incorporating newer technologies.
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Guidelines for IG Manufacturers; Studies of Sealant Compatibility (IGMA TB-2403-91)
These guidelines address the determination of the compatibility of glazing sealants and glazing materials with the IG unit edge seal for a particular building project specification and test methods used.
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Methods of Test for Exterior Walls (AAMA 501)

Laboratory and field test specifications for metal curtain walls including performance characteristics, test specimens, methods, recommended practices, test apparatus and testing procedures.
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North American Glazing Guidelines for Sealed Insulating Glass Units for Commercial and Residential Use (IGMA TM-3000-90(04))
These advisory guidelines address the importance of good glazing practices and are intended for use by those who design, specify, manufacturer and install insulating glass units. These guidelines address glass types, framing, glazing clearances, setting blocks, spacer shims, glazing materials, glazing systems, receiving, storage & handling, glass protection & cleaning for both commercial and residential applications.
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Quality Assurance and Diagnostic Water Leakage Field Check of Installed Storefronts, Curtain Walls, and Sloped Glazing Systems (AAMA 501.2)

The purpose of this specification is to provide a quality assurance and diagnostic field water check method for installed storefronts, curtain walls and sloped glazing systems.
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Recommended Dynamic Test Method for Determining the Seismic Drift Causing Glass Fallout from a Wall System (pub. w/ 501.4 below) (AAMA 501.6)
This is a guide specification for the testing of curtain walls and storefronts to resist the affects of seismic loading. It explains relationship of product evaluation with code requirements and project performance.
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Recommended Static Testing Method for Evaluating Curtain Wall and Storefront Systems Subjected to Seismic and Wind Induced Interstory Drifts(pub. w/ 501.6 above) (AAMA 501.4)
This is a guide specification for the testing of curtain walls and storefronts to resist the affects of seismic loading. It explains the relationship of product evaluation with code requirements and project performance.
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Recommended Voluntary In-Plant Test Methods and Performance Criteria of Desiccants for Sealed Insulating Glass Units (IGMA TM-2100-78(81))
These advisory guidelines address the importance of good glazing practices and are intended for use by those who design, specify, manufacturer and install insulating glass units. These guidelines address glass types, framing, glazing clearances, setting blocks, spacer shims, glazing materials, glazing systems, receiving, storage & handling, glass protection & cleaning for both commercial and residential applications.
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Sealant Manufacturers Minimum Sealant Dimensions and Placement Survey (IGMA TB-1201-89(05))
This technical bulletin includes a chart of dual seal, hot melt extruded, single seal and Intercept™ spacers for silicone, hot melt, polysulfide, polyurethane and curing hot melt. This document includes depth of primary & secondary sealant, beneath spacer, total siteline, shoulder, thickness and thickness before press.
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Standard Test Method for Ball Drop Impact of Laminated Architectural Flat Glass (GANA LD 100-06)
This test method covers the destructive ball drop testing of laminated flat glass products intended for use in architectural glazing applications.
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Standard Test Method for Center-Punch Fragmentation of Fully Tempered Flat Glass (GANA TD 101-04)
This test method covers the destructive fragmentation and evaluation of the fracture pattern of monolithic fully tempered flat glass products intended for use in architectural safety glazing applications.
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Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Windows, Curtain Walls and Doors Using Dynamic Pressure (AAMA 501.1)
This test method establishes the equipment, procedures and requirements for optional laboratory testing of exterior windows, curtain wall and door systems for water penetration using dynamic pressure.
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Test Methods of Insulating Glass Sealants (IGMA TM-2400-76(90))
This manual covers types of sealants, application test methods for sealant type, tables of test conditions to standardize temperature, mixing and volume conditions and specific tests.
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Test Method for Thermal Cycling of Exterior Walls (AAMA 501.5)
Procedures recommended for evaluating the effects of thermal movement on large wall sections. The document includes standardized approach for thermal cycle testing of joints, anchors and other components of exterior walls.
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Voluntary Guide Specification for Blast Hazard Mitigation for Fenestration Systems (AAMA 510)
This guide specification may be used to establish system performance classifications that can be expected to reduce the hazards resulting from a prescribed blast load. This guide specification allows manufacturers to voluntarily test products to a standard test size for system evaluation and comparison. System categorization and standard test sizes have been established for a broad range of product types.
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Voluntary Guideline for Forensic Water Penetration Testing of Fenestration Products (AAMA 511)
The purpose of this AAMA voluntary guideline is to provide specific information to assist industry professionals in selecting the appropriate adaptations to the existing testing standards for application to field investigations of fenestration products.
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Voluntary Guidelines for the Identification of Visual Obstructions in the Airspace of Insulating Glass Units (IGMA TM-3100-09)
These advisory guidelines may assist in the determination of unintended visual obstructions in the insulating glass unit airspace.
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Voluntary Laboratory Test Method to Qualify Fenestration Installation Procedures (AAMA 504)
This test method is used to evaluate and qualify specific fenestration installation procedures based on laboratory measurements of air leakage and water penetration resistance. The test specimen and procedures are based on wood frame construction generally used in new construction residential applications.
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Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Newly Installed Fenestration Products (AAMA 502)
This specification establishes the requirements for field test specimens, apparatus, sampling, test procedures and test reports to be used in verifying the air infiltration resistance performance and water penetration resistance performance of newly installed fenestration products.
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Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Newly Installed Storefronts, Curtain Walls and Sloped Glazing Systems (AAMA 503)
This specification establishes the requirements for test specimens, apparatus, sampling, test procedures and test reports to be used in evaluating the performance of newly installed storefronts, curtain walls and sloped glazing systems. This specification provides a guide which can be used to evaluate the installed performance of storefronts, curtain walls and sloped glazing systems for resistance to water penetration under controllable and reproducible wind driven rain conditions.
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Voluntary Specifications for Impact and Cycle Testing of Fenestration Products (AAMA 506)
This specification is designed to provide a system for rating the ability of windows, doors, skylights and sliding glass doors to withstand impact and pressure cycling generally associated with hurricane conditions.
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Voluntary Specifications for Residential Translucent Sloped Glazing Systems (AAMA 2001)
This standard establishes minimum requirements for the performance features of residential translucent sloped glazing system products built from aluminum, vinyl (PVC), wood and/or alternate materials.
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Voluntary Test and Classification Method for Drained and Back Ventilated Rain Screen Wall Cladding Systems (AAMA 509)
This voluntary test and classification method establishes the requirements for test specimens, apparatus, test procedures, test reports and performance data that may be used in the evaluation of drained and back ventilated rain screen wall cladding systems. The primary purpose of this test method is to quantify the volume of rain water contacting an imperfect AWB and the system’s ability to allow for ventilation/drying as measured by air flow through the cladding.
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Voluntary Test Method and Specification for Pressure Equalized Rain Screen Wall Cladding Systems (AAMA 508)
This specification and test method establishes the requirements for test specimens, apparatus, test procedures, test reports and minimum performance criteria to be used in the evaluation of pressure equalized rain screen wall cladding (panel) systems.
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Voluntary Test Methods & Voluntary Performance Quality Assurance Criteria for Spacers for Sealed Insulating Glass Units (IGMA TM-2000-76(82))
This manual includes information of test specimens, recommended voluntary test and performance quality assurance criteria for hollow shaped spacers to accept edge sealant to minimize air leakage between the spacer and the glass.
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Voluntary Test Methods & Voluntary Performance Quality Assurance Criteria for Two Component Polysulfide Sealants Used in Manufacturing Sealed Insulating Glass Units (IGMA TM-2301-85)
This manual includes information of test specimens, recommended voluntary test and performance quality assurance criteria with typical values based on laboratory test results, and various test methods.
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Voluntary Test Methods for Chemical Effects of Glazing Compounds on Elastomeric Edge Seals (IGMA TR-1000-75(91))
This test method covers the procedure for an oven-type test of sample 6” X 6” insulating glass units exposed to glazing compounds or other materials which could contact units on the unbranded elastomeric edge seal.
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Voluntary Test Methods for Thermal Performance of Fenestration Products with Multiple Glazing Options (AAMA 1505)
This document outlines the procedures used to determine thermal performance ratings of products with more than one glazing option using test data.
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Window Glazing for Durability (Residential) (IGMA)
This CD video addresses window glazing for residential applications.
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