Certifications & Associations
Third-Party Assurance of Quality
Alside is committed to engineering and manufacturing the highest quality windows. Alside partners with objective, third-party organizations that continuously test our products and verify that we meet the highest standards of performance, quality, value and safety.
The Fenestration & Glazing Industry Alliance (formerly AAMA and IGMA) is internationally recognized for the development of stringent performance standards. Every window and door that boasts FGIA certification undergoes extensive independent testing for resistance to water penetration, air infiltration, structural loads and impact, as well as insulated glass seal durability.
The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for the development and publication of voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems and services. ASTM standards serve as a basis for manufacturing, procurement and regulatory activities.
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) establishes test criteria that set the standard for performance ratings for manufacturers of window and door products. The primary goal of the NFRC is to provide accurate information on the energy performance of these products.
The Insulating Glass Certification Council (IGCC) is a non-profit organization jointly established in 1977 by manufacturers, consumers, specifiers and others concerned with the quality and performance of insulating glass units. IGCC sponsors and directs an independent, true third-party certification program. Periodic accelerated laboratory tests, per American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications, and unannounced plant quality audits and inspections assure the quality and performance of sealed insulating glass products.
ENERGY STAR® program is a joint venture between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) designed to encourage homeowners to purchase energy-efficient products. Using less energy in our homes reduces the amount of CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas.