Quality control testing on the actual building is the number one way to provide assurance that the products and systems installed on the building comply with building code requirements, project specifications, and are performing as manufacturer's have guaranteed. The most common tests performed on projects are for air infiltration (ASTM E 783) and water penetration resistance (ASTM E 1105).
In the building industry you must learn to trust the people involved, the process set in place, and the products being installed, but you must also TEST to VERIFY that all of the above are performing as required. However, when the design work of a building meets installation there is the potential for error, and testing the building helps everyone involved prove that the concepts set in motion are working as expected.
Test Methods, Standards & Guidelines
Mock Up Testing
ASTM E 1105 Water Penetration Resistance Test - San Francisco, CA
Buildings are exposed to the dynamics of mother nature, and once you understand how the elements like air, water, and wind greatly affect the performance of a building it starts to bring to light just how important the exterior envelope system really is. The places we live, work, and play need to protect us from the weather so a building's structural integrity is not compromised. In short, buildings need to be air tight and water free for everyone to enjoy.
Window Leak at the Bottom Right Corner Discovered During Testing
Water Penetration Resistance Testing and Air Leakage Measurement
Products & Systems that Benefit from Testing and Inspection
If something should go wrong on the project this is the time and place for that to occur so potential problems can be corrected. Performance testing a job site mock up allows everyone involved in the project to validate their work before moving forward and constructing the actual building.
Testing the mock-up checks the performance of:
1) The design of the building's envelope/facade system
2) Performance of individual construction products & materials
3) The workmanship of the subcontractors involved
Major Service Areas
On Site Field Testing
Air Tightness of Building
Caulking and Sealants
Combination (Mulled) Window and Door Products
Exterior Cladding Components and Finishes
Flashing Materials and Membrane
System Transitions and Interfaces
Walls (Masonry, Stucco, EIFS, Panel, Siding, Etc.)
Port of Long Beach - Long Beach, CA
ASTM E 783
ASTM E 779
ASTM E 1105
ASTM E 2128
ASTM C 1521
ASTM C 1601
ASTM C 1715
RILEM Tube Testing