New ANSI/AMCA Standard and Publications Released

04/01/2009


The Board of Standards Review of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on December 22, 2008 approved ANSI/AMCA Standard 540-08, Test Method for Louvers Impacted by Wind Borne Debris .

This standard establishes uniform methods for laboratory testing of louvers that are impact tested with the large missile described in ASTM E 1996-04 and E 1886-05.

The scope of this standard is for impact testing of louvers used on the outside of buildings as required by the International Code Council's (ICC) International Building Code (IBC), and the ICC International Residential Code.

ANSI/AMCA Standard 540-08 is available for purchase at www.amca.org .

A related publication, AMCA Publication 512-09, AMCA Listing Label Program, provides follow-up service for louvers tested in accordance with the new ANSI/AMCA Standard 540. The publication also covers louvers tested in accordance with AMCA Standard 550, Test Method for High Velocity Wind Driven Rain Resistant Louvers.

The products within the scope of this publication are louvers used for high wind and/or high intensity rain areas, as required by the ICC. This program applies only to complete cataloged series of sizes, and is not applied to individual sizes in a series, or parts of a series, or special units where catalog ratings are not published.

AMCA International publications are available at www.amca.org/store/default.aspx .





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