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Building Envelope Testing

ZS routinely performs building envelope testing services for windows, door, curtain walls, and storefront, air barrier, roofing/waterproofing and masonry wall systems. Using state-of-the-art testing and inspection equipment, ZS professionals have extensive experience performing the testing protocols of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).

Field testing of the building envelope determines the quality of the installation work, ensuring that proper specifications were followed during the construction process. Typically these services are for quality assurance or new building commissioning, however ZS also utilizes testing to identify failures on existing buildings. One new buildings, we perform testing to determine if fenestrations, masonry wall systems, air barriers, roofing, and waterproofing are properly installed and sealed to prevent water leakage and air infiltration.

ZS has extensive experience with the following test standards:

  • ASTM E 331 – Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Skylights, Doors, and Curtain Walls by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference
  • ASTM E 547 – Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Skylights, Doors, and Curtain Walls by Cyclic Static Air Pressure Difference
  • ASTM E 783 – Standard Test Method for Field Measurement of Air Leakage Through Installed Exterior Windows and Doors
  • ASTM E 1105 – Standard Test Method for Field Determination of Water Penetration of Installed Exterior Windows, Skylights, Doors, and Curtain Walls by Uniform or Cyclic Static Air Pressure Difference
  • ASTM C 1601 – Standard Test Method for Field Determination of Water Penetration of Masonry Wall Surfaces
  • ASTM C 1715 – Standard Test Method for Evaluation of Water Leakage Performance of Masonry Wall Drainage Systems
  • ASTM E 2128 – Standard Guide for Evaluating Water Leakage of Building Walls
  • AAMA 501.2 – Quality Assurance and Diagnostic Water Leakage Field Check of Installed Storefronts, Curtain Walls, and Sloped Glazing Systems
  • AAMA 502 – Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Newly Installed Fenestration Products
  • AAMA 503 – Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Newly Installed Storefronts, Curtain Walls, and Sloped Glazing Systems
  • AAMA 511 – Voluntary Guideline for Forensic Water Penetration Testing of Fenestration Products
  • ASTM D5957 – Standard Guide for Flood Testing Horizontal Waterproofing Installations
  • ASTM E1186 – Standard Practices for Air Leakage Site Detection in Building Envelopes and Air Barrier Systems
  • ASTM D4541 – Standard Test Method for Pull-Off Strength of Coating Using Portable Adhesion Testers
  • ASTM C1521 – Standard Practice for Evaluation Adhesion of Installed Weatherproofing Sealant Joints

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