AAMA Updates Test Method for Water Penetration using Dynamic Pressure

Window & Door
August 1, 2017
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association released an updated document to provide a standard water penetration test method when it comes to using dynamic pressure. AAMA 501.1-17, the "Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Windows, Curtain walls and Doors Using Dynamic Pressure," establishes the equipment and procedures for testing. In it, a section on test equipment was updated to clarify what to do for laboratory testing versus on-site testing.
"The AAMA 501.1 dynamic pressure water test has been used as a laboratory test for over 50 years and is particularly useful when testing pressure equalized fenestration systems when severe windblown rain is a concern," says Greg McKenna, officer of the AAMA Methods of Test Committee. "In more recent years, this test has been used in the field due to the added benefit that a separate vacuum chamber is not needed. This is an advantage if the building is occupied or if constructing a chamber at the building site is not a practical option."
Additional edits to this updated standard include the addition of two figures showing images of acceptable water leakage, plus a definition for what unacceptable water penetration means.
AAMA 501.1-17, as well as other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA's online store.