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New Guideline Specifications for AMCA-Certified Products

Introducing simplified language to ensure that only products certified by the Air Movement and Control Association get installed.

By JOSH PARENT, AMCA International Inc., Arlington Heights IL

In 2018, AMCA started a free specification-review service. What it is finding is most specifications are ineffectively written with regard to certification, leaving the door open for non-certified products to be installed where certified products were intended. Based on feedback from specifying engineers, AMCA recently simplified its guideline specifications, reducing paragraph-long statements to single sentences. Engineers are encouraged to incorporate this new and more efficient language into their specifications.

FANS

Agricultural Fans

  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for CFM/Watt and Air Performance;
  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Fan Energy Index (FEI). 

Air-Circulating Fans

  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance;
  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for FEI.

Air-Curtain Units

  • All air-curtain units shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance;
  • All air-curtain units shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air and Sound Performance.

Axial Fans, Ceiling Ventilators, Centrifugal Fans, Mixed-Flow Fans, Power Roof Ventilators, and Propeller Fans

  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance;
  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air and Sound Performance;
  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance and Efficiency;
  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air and Sound Performance and Efficiency;
  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance and Fan Efficiency Grade (FEG);
  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air and Sound Performance and FEG;
  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for FEI.

Axial Impellers

  • All axial impellers shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance;
  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for FEI.

Induced-Flow Fans

  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Induced Flow Fan Air Performance;
  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Induced Flow Fan Air and Sound Performance;
  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Induced Flow Fan Air Performance and FEG;
  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Induced Flow Fan Air and Sound Performance and FEG;
  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for FEI.

Jet Tunnel Fans

  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Jet Fan Air Performance;
  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Jet Fan Air and Sound Performance;
  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for FEI.

Large-Diameter Ceiling Fans

  • All fans shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance.

Positive-Pressure Ventilators

  • All positive-pressure ventilators shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance.

Dampers

  • All dampers shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance;
  • All dampers shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance and Air Leakage;
  • All dampers shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance and Efficiency;
  • All dampers shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance, Air Leakage, and Efficiency.

Louvers

  • All louvers shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance;
  • All louvers shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air and Sound Performance;
  • All louvers shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance and Water Penetration;
  • All sand louvers shall be tested in accordance with ANSI/AMCA Standard 500-L and licensed to bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance and Wind Driven Sand, in accordance with AMCA Publication 511;
  • All louvers shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance and Wind-Driven Rain;
  • All louvers shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance, Water Penetration, and Wind-Driven Rain;
  • All louvers shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air and Sound Performance and Water Penetration;
  • All louvers shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Leakage.

Engineering teams are encouraged to incorporate this new and more efficient language into their specifications.

Airflow-Measurement Stations

  • All airflow-measurement stations shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance.

Packaged Equipment

  • Energy-Recovery Ventilators;
  • All energy-recovery ventilators shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance.

Evaporative Coolers

  • All evaporative coolers shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance;
  • All evaporative coolers shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air and Sound Performance.

Single-Room Air Handlers

  • All single-room air handlers shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Performance;
  • All single-room air handlers shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air and Sound Performance.

DUCTS

Spiral Ducts

  • All spiral ducts shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air Leakage.

Prefabricated Duct Silencers

  • All acoustical duct silencers shall bear the AMCA Certified Ratings Program seal for Air and Sound Performance.

Conclusion

To arrange a lunch-and-learn about specifying AMCA-certified products for your office, contact the author at (847) 704-6330 or [email protected].  

As associate director of business development for AMCA International, Josh Parent communicates with buyers and specifiers of AMCA members’ products and provides education and training concerning the AMCA Certified Ratings Program. 

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