The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has developed a new manual providing guidelines for the design of curtain walls. Publication of AAMA CWM-19, the Curtain Wall Manual, marks the culmination of efforts by volunteers from AAMA Curtain Wall/Storefront Council member companies to update and enhance the former AAMA MCWM1-89, the Metal Curtain Wall Manual. It also incorporates content from several other related AAMA publications for ease of access.
Formatted to include mandatory language, optional language, and detailed technical commentary, guide specifications allow architects and specifiers to address project-specific performance and testing requirements consistently. Targeting manufacturers, architects, specifiers, contractors, and testing agencies, Curtain Wall Manual addresses many aspects of curtain wall design, specification, testing, and installation with information presented in eight sections, which include curtain wall system types, design considerations, architectural detailing guidelines, building tolerances, guide specifications, material properties, testing, and installation.
New content includes detailed fabrication and installation tolerances, as well as air barrier interface guidelines. Significant updates were made to reference documents, material engineering properties, specification language, laboratory testing overview information, and weatherability requirements. Design criteria addressed in other AAMA documents, including noise attenuation, thermal performance, and condensation control, are covered at a high level.
As in previous versions, key design issues for ease of installation are covered from the perspective of all technical stakeholders, including architects, specifiers, manufacturers, installers, glaziers, and general contractors. Curtain Wall Manual, as well as other AAMA documents, may be purchased from AAMA’s online store.