Updated Test Method for Exterior Walls

Aug. 24, 2015

Specifications to improve wall resiliency.

The AAMA 501-14 standard for laboratory and field testing of exterior wall systems has been updated to standardize test procedures and include new technology not covered in the 2005 iteration. Released by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), the standard specifies test methods, specifications, and field checks that are used to confirm the structural adequacy and integrity of wall systems, including their ability to resist water penetration and air leakage.

Products included in the new test methods include any exterior wall system comprised of curtainwalls, storefronts or sloped glazing. The updates are intended to ensure that test laboratories and product manufacturers can easily understand the requirements and criteria for testing wall systems. The improvements are also designed to help building professionals in areas such as Florida, where building codes may be more detailed due to geographic location and regular extreme weather events. Learn more and download the updated standard here.

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Buildings, create an account today!

Sponsored Recommendations

Building Better Schools

Download this digital resource to better understand the challenges and opportunities in designing and operating educational facilities for safety, sustainability, and performance...

Tips to Keep Facility Management on Track

How do you plan to fill the knowledge gap as seasoned facility managers retire or leave for new opportunities? Learn about the latest strategies including FM tech innovations ...

The Beauty & Benefits of Biophilic Design in the Built Environment

Biophilic design is a hot trend in design, but what is it and how can building professionals incorporate these strategies for the benefits of occupants? This eHandbook offers ...

The Benefits of Migrating from Analog to DMR Two-Way Radios

Are you still using analog two-way radios? Download this white paper and discover the simple and cost-effective migration path to digital DMR radios that deliver improved audio...