UL announces new testing and certification services for building envelope
July 21, 2015 - UL has announced the launch of its new testing services for the building envelope—the thermal, weather and air barriers separating building interiors from the outdoor environment. UL says it is now offering curtain wall mock-up testing and field testing capabilities.
By Renée Francoeur
The new services provide performance testing to determine the rate of air infiltration, water penetration, structural, impact and cyclical performance for windows, doors and curtain walls. Evaluating air and water resistance and the structural integrity of a building envelope with mock-up testing and on-site field testing provides building owners, contractors, consultants and architects with the critical information needed to assess performance and risk—from pre-construction all the way through to post-installation, UL stated.
“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.