AMD Standard Out for Public Comment

June 23, 2011

The Association of Millwork Distributors has released the second draft edition of its Side-Hinged Exterior Door System (SHEDS) Standard for public comment. The standard is designed to create a procedure for structurally rating a side-hinged exterior door systems that allows for substitution of  components.

The standard utilizes the ASTM E330 test method and also provides a test method for comparing door slab stiffness, AMD officials explain. This proposed standard, referenced as AMD 100 and entitled “Structural Performance Ratings of Side-Hinged Exterior Door Systems and Procedures for Component Substitution,” was previously balloted to the "SHEDS consensus body” in May 2010 and also submitted for public comment at that time.

Since that time, the standard has changed substantially, and several of the sections have been restructured and reformatted, AMD reports. These revisions, reflected in the second draft, address all comments that were received and resolve objections raised by some of the consensus body members last spring, it is noted.

AMD is an ANSI-accredited standards developer and is thereby seeking ANSI-approval of AMD 100 as an American National Standard, officials note. Approval of an ANS requires verification by the American National Standards Institute that the requirements for due process, consensus, and other criteria for approval have been met by those developing the standard.

Following those procedures, AMD 100 is now going through a second balloting process and public comment period, which ends August 8, 2011.  AMD welcomes those interested to review the latest draft of AMD 100 and provide comments to  Additional information is also available from Jessica Ferris, AMD director of codes and standards, at