Steel Window Institute Updates Specifications

Window + Door
October 8, 2019

The Steel Window Institute recently completed a periodic review and update of its Steel Windows and Doors Specifications and Detention Specifications. These specifications, which incorporate current ASTM standards, offer information that help define the minimum performance requirements of steel windows and doors. A copy of each specification document can be downloaded here.

“The SWI specifications provide clear instructions in an easy-to-use format on the intent, performance and construction of steel windows and doors,” says Ryan Carlson, chair of SWI’s Technical Committee. “They also provide reference to the quality and standards which should be applied to the material and product, assuring architects that the product they purchased is being delivered.”

Designed for steel windows and doors and those who work with them, the Steel Windows and Doors Specifications are broken out into five sections, including hot rolled, cold rolled and fire-rated. The Detention Specifications cover various types of security windows, such as steel maximum/moderate and stainless-steel options.

With the materials and manufacturers’ products clearly defined, the latest version of ASTM standards references the performance for air infiltration, water penetration, and, in the case of non-weather strip sections, structural requirements that steel windows and doors must meet or exceed. The specifications also include sections on product inspection, installation and cleaning.