GAP’s Series 6500 Window – ADA Compliant for Operational Forces
July 22, 2014
Sometimes a blip in the news gives added relevance to our products or services. Consider a recent announcement from The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). It announced the publishing of document AAMA 513-14 which establishes a standard laboratory test method for windows and doors to ensure they meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for operational forces.
Explained Joe Hayden, chair of AAMA’s ADA Test Methods for Hardware Task Group, “[ANSI] ICC A117.1 [Standard for Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities] has long specified maximum allowable operating forces for products used in applications required to be accessible. AAMA 513 will serve to augment A117.1 by providing a standardized test method for determining if products comply with these operating force requirements.”
That standardized test method and operational force requirement now applies to LC (light commercial) and R (residential) products as well as to AW (architectural window) and CW (commercial window) products. They also now apply to all doors that are included within the scope of AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440 (NAFS), not just sliding glass and terrace doors.
Our Series 6500 Window (Project Out) meets this newly established standard and has already undergone the standardized testing protocol. ADA-compliant windows require no more than 5 pounds of operating force and the GAP Series 6500 meets that standard.