New Technical Director Joins AAMA Staff

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) announces the hiring of Steven Saffell as technical director effective Aug. 13. Saffell’s background is a tapestry of architectural firm work, modular home design, as well as manufactured housing, and residential and commercial fenestration experience. Saffell also spent three years teaching as an adjunct professor.

“I’m thrilled to accept this new role with an association that has been such an integral part of my work,” said Saffell. “I look forward to joining the staff I’ve already enjoyed working with.”

Saffell previously worked with Simonton Windows and Ply Gem.

“With 32 years of work experience, Steven’s broad history will be invaluable in his role overseeing our entire technical operation,” said Janice Yglesias, AAMA’s executive vice president. “Additionally, he brings crucial knowledge and technical expertise related to commercial fenestration systems to the association.”

AAMA’s technical operation includes standards, product certification and codes and regulatory affairs, and Saffell will oversee these aspects of the association as technical director. He is experienced in managing technical teams, including employee development, operational strategy and financial management.

As an active AAMA member participant since 2013 holding several leadership and Board committee positions, Saffell is familiar with the association and also has extensive experience with AAMA product certification programs, as well as code requirements and development.

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AAMA Releases New Design Guide for Structural Silicone Glazing

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recently released a new document to describe proper guidelines and glazing procedures for structural glazing. AAMA SSGDG-1-17, Structural Silicone Glazing (SSG) Design Guidelines, reviews a glazing that offers a unique appearance and simplicity of construction that often cannot be achieved any other way.

Prior AAMA publications included TSGG-04, two-sided structural glazing for skylights, and CW-13-85, a structural glazing design guide. However, it was decided to combine them into a single guiding document regarding structural glazing, for both vertical and sloped applications.

“Combining two documents that discussed structural glazing made learning about the process simpler for those seeking that information,” said Kelly Broker (Dow Performance Silicones), chair of the AAMA Structural Sealant Design Guidelines Task Group. “We feel this makes the knowledge formerly contained in both more accessible.”

Properly designed and installed, structural silicone has performed well in the presence of UV exposure, adverse weathering conditions and in extremely harsh environments. These qualities allow structural silicone sealants to continue as the only type of sealant approved for structurally adhered glazing applications.

AAMA SSGDG-1-17, as well as other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s online store.

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SKYCO Skylights Receives FM Approval for Industrial Skylight

Skyco Skylights can now add Factory Mutual FM Approval to its line of 4×8 industrial skylight.

FM Approvals is a third-party certification and approval of commercial and industrial products for property loss prevention purpose. Their certification assures building owners that Skyco Skylights’ line of 4×8 industrial skylights have been objectively tested and have met or exceeded the standard for quality, performance and reliability for commercial and industrial facilities.
 
“As we continue to grow our national and international presence, FM is a building block necessary in certain specifications. FM Approval is a certification of the quality and performance of our industrial skylights,” explains Skyco Skylights CEO, Ryan Marshall. “We have received support in the Southwestern markets and the FM Approval certification allows us to offer our industrial skylights to markets globally.”
 
The design enabled Skyco Skylights FM Approved skylight to meet a Severe (S) Hail Rating with 2.0 in diameter ice balls, the highest rating available, and a 195 psf high-performance wind uplift rating.
 
Marshall says, “This opens another opportunity for building owners seeking compliance, safety and performance for their buildings when it comes to daylighting products.”
 
The FM Approved industrial skylight is part of Skyco Skylights’ line of SKYPRO 4×8 industrial skylight models. Skyco Skylights uses aluminum framing with a capping system providing performance and longevity in polycarbonate domes. Polycarbonate material is known for its durability and is backed by a ten-year warranty against yellowing and breakage.
 
Skyco Skylights’ line of SKYPRO models boast other certifications, most notable is the ICC-ES Listing (ESR-3837) and UL Listing for its smoke and heat vent skylights. Skyco Skylights is also an active member of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and a source for industry consulting on safety and daylighting topics.

AAMA Releases Document Clarifying Weathering Requirements for Solar Reflective Finishes

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) releases a document describing the test procedures and performance requirements for pigmented organic coatings applied to aluminum, fiber reinforced thermoset or wood and cellulosic composite profiles for windows, doors, wall panels, skylights, sloped glazing and similar products. The update is a clarification to the requirements for outdoor or accelerated weathering testing. The document Voluntary Specification, Performance Requirements and Test Procedures for Solar Reflective Finishes was originally released in 2013.

“Advances in coatings technologies for architectural products have provided the opportunity to expand the use of solar reflective coatings,” says Manny Mayer, architectural products manager at Tiger Drylac. “Selecting high-performance coatings with these solar reflective attributes can positively impact the energy efficiency associated with all exterior coated building components. The primary purpose for utilizing coatings with solar reflective properties is to keep the coated surfaces cooler than they would be with standard coatings.”

This specification is a supplement to the existing specifications (AAMA 613, 614, 615, 623, 624, 625, 653, 2603, 2604 and 2605) and does not in any way supersede the performance requirements contained in those documents, particularly the weathering requirements.

AAMA 643-16, as well as other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s online store.

AAMA Releases Guideline for Installing Pre-assembled Unit Skylights

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has published AAMA 1607, “Voluntary Installation Guidelines for Unit Skylights.” This document provides a guideline for installing pre-assembled unit skylights onto a roof.

“The AAMA 1607 document is the first and only comprehensive unit skylight installation guideline ever produced,” says Bob Sampson (RCS Consulting), chair of the AAMA 1607 Update Task Group. “This outlines the best practices for a full range of roofing systems and product designs. It provides the architect, general contractor and roofing contractor with the best information to ensure a well detailed and executed installation. This can have a great effect on impacting the successful application of skylights on many projects in the future.”

The intent of this standard is to educate by providing clear illustrations and concise commentary on the principles involved to facilitate effective installation practice, when the unit manufacturer has not provided such detail in their instructions. Proper preparations and roof safety also are addressed within the standard.

AAMA 1607, along with other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s Publication store.