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Welcome to the AMCA International white-paper library. Browse by topic or date, and download PDF files at no cost. For more information, contact Scott Arnold, manager of industry content, at sarnold@amca.org.

Browse by Topic:

Air Movement

  • Introducing the Fan Energy Index
  • Introducing the AMCA Fan Energy Waste Calculator
  • Review of the Fan 2015 International Conference on Fan Noise, Technology and Numerical Methods

  • Air Control

  • Impact of Fire-Sprinkler Trade-offs on Occupant and Building Safety
  • Ceiling Dampers Explained
  • Introduction to Intake and Exhaust Louvers
  • How to Specify AMCA-Certified Sand Louvers
  • Fire and Smoke Dampers: Best Practice Design Tips
  • Understanding the AMCA Standard 500-L Tests

  • Certified Ratings Program

  • An Introduction to the AMCA Certified Ratings Program
  • Guideline Specifications for Selected AMCA-Certified Products
  • How to Ensure AMCA-Certified Products Get Installed

    Air System

  • High Performance Air Systems


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    Impact of Fire-Sprinkler Trade-offs on Occupant and Building Safety

    Published: June 2018

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    According to the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation, since the creation of the International Codes in 2000, building fire-safety scores have decreased measurably. Though more data are needed, the early indications are that an overreliance on sprinklers at the expense of passive fire-safety systems is to blame.


    Ceiling Dampers Explained

    Published: April 2018
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    This white paper explains how to determine if a ceiling damper is approved for use in a specific fire-rated floor/ceiling or roof/ceiling assembly. It also explains the proprietary nature of designs in UL’s Fire Resistance Directory with respect to ceiling dampers and discusses the relationship between the Fire Resistance Directory and the Gypsum Association’s Fire Resistance Design Manual.


    How to Ensure AMCA-Certified Products Get Installed

    Updated: February 2018
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    This white paper explains what building-industry professionals need to know to properly specify an AMCA-certified product and then ensure that product gets installed. Included are a step-by-step checklist and several practical examples.


    Guideline Specifications for Selected AMCA-Certified Products

    Updated: January 2018

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    This white paper provides example specifications for AMCA-certified products. It also provides a list of referenced AMCA standards and publications and a list of online resources.


    An Introduction to the AMCA Certified Ratings Program

    Updated: January 2018

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    This white paper summarizes how the AMCA Certified Ratings Program (CRP) works and why products that undergo the rigorous certification process deserve to be specified ahead of products that do not. Additionally, it identifies the AMCA CRP publications and test standards associated with particular products. This white paper also provides clarity regarding a few misconceptions concerning the AMCA CRP and offers exemplary language that can be used for precise and enforceable specifications.


    Understanding the AMCA Standard 500-L Tests

    Version: March 2017

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    By Peter Blaha, Ruskin & the AMCA Louver MarketingTask Force
    AMCA International, Arlington Heights, Illinois

     

    This white paper describes the tests outlined in ANSI/AMCA Standard 500-L, helping specifiers understand what testing in accordance with this AMCA standard proves and does not prove about the louver they are considering for a project.



    High Performance Air Systems

    Version: January 2017
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    By AMCA High Performance Air Systems Task Force
    AMCA International, Arlington Heights, Illinois

     

    This paper will show that ducted high performance air systems (HPASs), when compared to ductless water/refrigerant-based systems, offer benefits that include higher efficiency, lower first and life cycle costs, minimal refrigerant risk, quieter, and better air filtration.


    Introducing the Fan Energy Index

    Version: October 2016
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    By Tim Mathson, Rad Ganesh, Steve Dikeman, Kim Osborn, Mark Bublitz, Mark Stevens and Michael Ivanovich
    AMCA International, Arlington Heights, Illinois

     

    This document defines the fan energy index (FEI), an energy efficiency metric for fans first developed by AMCA International. This metric is further defined in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Term Sheet,1 a document approved by the DOE that resulted from public negotiations on what a DOE-fan-efficiency regulation would contain.


    Introduction to Intake and Exhaust Louvers

    Version: June 2016
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    By AMCA International Louver Marketing Task Force
    AMCA International, Arlington Heights, Illinois

    This white paper will provide an overview of basic louver function and describe many of the louver designs found on the market today.


    Introducing the AMCA Fan Energy Waste Calculator

    Version: April 2016

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    By Nazme Mohsina and Michael Ivanovich
    AMCA International, Arlington Heights, Illinois

     

    This white paper describes how how and why the AMCA Fan Energy Waste Calculator was developed, documents underlying assumptions, sources of data and examples of the calculator’s insights.


    Review of the Fan 2015 International Conference on Fan Noise, Technology and Numerical Methods

    Version: August 2015

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    By Anthony Sheard
    AGS Consulting LLC, Atlanta, Georgia

     

    A review of the papers presented at the Fan 2015 conference hosted by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Centre Technique des Industries Mecaniques (Cetim) and Centre Technique des Industries Aerauliques et Thermiques (Cetiat), focusing on fans intended for air movement application.


    Fire and Smoke Dampers: Best Practice Design Tips

    Version: June 2015
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    By Michael J. Bulzomi, Marty Gissel, Dane Carey, Joe Dahlheimer and Larry Felker

     

    Fire and smoke dampers reduce fire severity and spread, enable fire suppression systems to operate more effectively, and limit property damage. But most importantly, they save lives. This white paper illustrates why fire and smoke dampers are a vital part of a total fire protection plan, and it includes practical design tips to help engineers reduce risk and minimize cost.


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