Progress Continues on Side-Hinged Door Certification Guidelines

June 9, 2009

Continuing its efforts to develop a component substitution/interchangeability guidelines for side-hinged door certification, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association hosted an open forum on June 4, immediately following its summer conference. This was the fifth such open forum organized the AAMA door component certification task group, which included other interested industry organizations and manufacturers.

Held in Minneapolis, the session saw specific deliberations on four sections of the current working draft of the guidelines: general requirements, hinges, locks, and door glass assemblies.

"The development of requirements for component testing of exterior side-hinged doors has been a high priority for AAMA members and the industry," says Dean Lewis, AAMA chief engineer, certification programs. "AAMA and representatives of other associations have been working diligently to develop a program that allows the substitution of qualified door components within tested door assemblies."

"The expanded input from other associations is key to building a solid foundation for a workable rating and certification system that will facilitate code compliance and serve as a level playing field for all door pre-hangers and manufacturers," adds Mark Fortun of Endura Products Inc., who chairs the AAMA task group. "The substitution of qualified door components within tested door assemblies is an important part of this initiative." 

The task group will host another door forum on July 13 at the AAMA offices in Schaumburg, Ill. Information on that meeting and the door certification program efforts is available at or by emailing Dean Lewis.