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New Building Envelope Testing Offered

Monday, August 3, 2015

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An independent, third-party safety testing and certification provider has launched new testing services for the building envelope.

UL Laboratories, of Northbrook, IL, says it is providing performance testing to determine the rate of air infiltration, water penetration, structural, impact and cyclical performance for windows, doors and curtain walls, according to a press announcement.

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The new services will evaluate air and water resistance and the structural integrity of the building envelope, according to UL.

The company is offering curtain wall mock-up testing and field testing capabilities.

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The evaluation provides building owners, contractors, consultants and architects with critical information needed to assess performance and risk—from pre-construction through post-installation.

Moreover, the data gleaned from such testing helps assure manufacturers that their products will meet building design, building code and product certification requirements, according to UL.

“These new testing capabilities not only help validate the design and material selection of the building envelope, but also help deliver assurance that windows, curtain walls and storefronts are compliant with industry standards and requirements,” said Wayne Breighner, engineering manager of UL Fenestration Services.

More information: UL.com/windows.


Tagged categories: Architecture; Building envelope; Certifications and standards; Curtain wall extrusions and cladding; Doors; Performance testing; Site/field testing; Substrates; UL; Windows

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