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The certification programs exists
to build consumer confidence
through rigorous testing and
inspections ensuring compliance
with referenced air, water, structural
and impact performance standards
as well as the specified materials
and components requirements. The
product certification programs for
fenestration products are based on
the fact that this is a documented
design that is third-party tested
and certified with ongoing plant
inspections inclusive of quality
systems to ensure the product
continues to be manufactured to
the same design that was tested.
This is an improvement of systems
over using evaluation reports and
adds another layer of third-party
plant surveillance.
The product certification
bodies are accredited by
organizations such as the
American National Standard
Institute (ANSI) which follows
the International Organization
for Standardization. ANSI is a
signatory to the International
Accreditation Forum and
is part of the multilateral
arrangements between
countries on certification of
body and laboratory approval
requirements. The certification
program procedures, quality
assurance requirements and plant
audit requirements are a few of the key
areas under ANSI's review during the
assessment process.
The laboratories are also required to
be accredited for the competence
of testing and calibration. The
testing requirement establishes
a process that evaluates the
products independence from
the manufacturer. As an added
step of quality assurance, the
manufacturing facilities are
inspected multiple times each year.
The WDMA Hallmark Certification
Program also includes performance
standards covering impact by
windborne debris for the jurisdictions
requiring impact protection.

A primary objective of a rating and
labeling certification program is
to clearly communicate product
performance to the specifiers, code
officials and end users. Fenestration
products are required to provide
evidence of meeting the four required
areas of compliance discussed in
this presentation as applicable to the
jurisdiction having authority. Those
areas include the NAFS, Structural
Wind Loading, Energy performance
and Impact Resistance to Windborne
Debris as necessary.
Below is an example of a label that
indicates WDMA as the certifying
agency, identifies the manufacturer,
product and the standards it is rated to.

Making it easier to find and compare
certified product lines, product
performance ratings can also be
reviewed and verified online on
the WDMA website under the
Hallmark certification certified
products search.
North American
Fenestration Standard (NAFS)
WDMA has worked closely with other
organizations to develop the NAFS
Standard that is referenced throughout
the building codes. Standards
development is a dynamic process; the
current standard is the product of years
of working with the United States and
Canada Harmonization Task Group.
This group includes representatives
from WDMA, American Architectural
Manufactures Association (AAMA),
Canadian Standards Association (CSA)

and other interested parties. WDMA
standards and test methods are
required by architectural and builder
specifications, and form the basis for
high performing, relevant
product ratings. The NAFS standard
is the primary linkage between
standards, building codes and
certification of performance attributes
such as air infiltration, resistance
to water penetration and structural
loading performance.
NAFS defines the requirements
for four performance classes. This
allows for a classification system
that incorporates several levels
of performance. It's important
to keep in mind that a product's
performance selection should be
based on the requirements of
the specific project.
NAFS includes five primary
performance requirements:
structural loading, resistance
to water penetration, air
leakage, operational force
and forced entry resistance.
There are also specific
requirements for hardware,
fasteners, structural reinforcing
members, weather-stripping,
insect screens, sealants and
coatings. The standard is also
inclusive of specific requirements
for the framing and cladding
materials such as wood, vinyl,
cellular PVC, fiber reinforced
PVC, aluminum, fiberglass, steel,
cellulosic composites, ABS, flush
and molded wood fiber doors, door
insert frames, and other materials.
To fully comply with the standard,
component requirements must be
met to get a performance grade
rating to the standard.
To achieve a NAFS rating, a product
must be evaluated for compliance to
the four performance class primary
requirements and the five primary
performance requirements as well
as the standards performance
and prescriptive requirements for
materials and components that are
incorporated into the completed

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President’s Message
ADA Advice Accessibility: Handrail Details for Stairways and Ramps
Continuing Education A Review of Window, Door and Skylight Standards and Certification
Buyer’s Guide
Feature Article The Necessary Accessory: Hardware
Continuing Education Providers/ ALA New Members
Insurance Design Professionals and Cyber Risk - Part 2
Second Chances for Buildings The New Roof is Still Leaking?
Feature Article What Do Clients Want? Amenities, style and function
Firm Management Tools for Small Firms: Time Management
Index of Advertisers
Licensed Architect - Summer 2017 - Intro
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Licensed Architect - Summer 2017 - President’s Message
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Licensed Architect - Summer 2017 - Feature Article The Necessary Accessory: Hardware
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Licensed Architect - Summer 2017 - Insurance Design Professionals and Cyber Risk - Part 2
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