AAMA Clarifies Stance on Test Report Expiration Dates
May 20, 2015
A recent technical bulletin released by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) strongly reinforces a stance long-held by quality manufacturers.
AAMA says that once a product is performance tested, the test report remains valid, even after the testing laboratory’s own test expiration date has passed, provided certain conditions apply.
As AAMA explains in Technical Bulletin 15-01, “The test report remains valid as a reflection of the facts as of the date of the test,” provided “no changes are made to the design and/or construction of the product as documented in the test report.”
In the past, many quality architectural product manufacturers have had otherwise legitimate submittals rejected due to a performance test report bearing an expiration date that has passed.
This has caused a great deal of frustration among manufacturers, since nothing has changed that would impact performance expectations – i.e., the tests are still valid and the data is still good. As AAMA noted, “These expiration and/or test record retention dates will vary from laboratory to laboratory and test report to test report.”
For more information, contact Bruce Croak, Graham Architectural Products’ technical marketing manager, at 717-849-8100.
GAP Unveils New SR6700 Steel-Replication Window
May 17, 2015
Graham Architectural Products has unveiled a new window designed to replicate the original steel windows used in many buildings. The innovative SR6700 Series window features a “floating vent” and large openings with minimal sight lines. Historic concave true muntins and applied grids add to the authentic steel window look. The SR6700’s one-of-a-kind design has been …
Graham Curtain Wall Solutions Adds Two, Promotes One
May 12, 2015
Graham Architectural Products, Curtain Wall Solutions, Merrill, Wisconsin, announces the addition of two associates and the promotion of another.
Ken Schmidtchen is Curtain Wall Solutions’ new engineering manager, coming to GAP from Kalwall Corporation where he spent 20 years at serving as project engineer, staff engineer, and most recently as engineering manager.
As engineering manager, …
Construction Outlook Good
May 8, 2015
Rising employment numbers and an increase in the Dodge Momentum Index both bode well for the construction industry.
Nationally, employment numbers released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed an April increase of 223,000 jobs, 20 percent of which (45,000) occurred in the construction industry.
April’s 4.6 percent increase in construction-related jobs year-over-year “is …
Graham Offers Expert Insight to Industry Trade Publication
May 5, 2015
Bill Wilder, Graham Architectural Products’ director of technical sales, offers insights into replication windows for historic renovations in the May, 2015, issue of Glass Magazine.
The article, titled “Windows in Retrofit,” discusses replacement windows and their role in upgrading buildings for energy performance and aesthetics. It’s a particularly timely topic, the article notes, as more …