Informational Guides

101 Glass and Metals: Anatomy of a Building (NGA 2016)
Updated in 2016, this guide provides an introduction to help architects and specifiers navigate the world of glass and metals. It 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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201 Glass and Metals: 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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301 Glass and Metals: 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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401 Glass and Metals: Protective Glazing (NGA 2019)
Part four of Glass Magazine’s “All About Glass and Metal” series looks at the uncertainty regarding protective and security glazing for schools. While the guide focuses on protective glazing in schools, industry experts note that security glazing and fire-rated solutions are applicable for any project application. The guide:

    • Features key considerations for specifying security glazing in schools;
    • Presents standards and test methods to watch;
    • Answers frequently asked specification questions; and
    • Includes a section on fire-rated glazing products and trends.

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501 Glass and Metals: Glass Performance (NGA 2020)
Part five of Glass Magazine’s “All About Glass and Metal” series takes a closer look at baseline energy code updates and provides information about glass and glazing products to meet new requirements. It presents key considerations for glass and glazing performance from industry experts, and examines the cost-benefit analysis of building for performance.

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601 Glass and Metals: All That Glass Can Do (NGA 2021)
Part six of Glass Magazine’s “All About Glass and Metal” takes a deep dive into the energy performance capabilities of glass, spotlights a range of emerging glass technologies, and outlines the scope of design capabilities available with glass.

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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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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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