Façade Consultants

When there is a failure in a building envelope, figuring out what went wrong requires a scientific approach. Finding the truth behind a leak means asking the right questions—with appropriate testing to explore windows, curtainwalls, sealants, masonry, and other components. The faster you determine the cause, the less money it will cost to solve the problem.

At Façade Consultants, we determine the correct tests for the situation at hand.

Areas of exploration might include:

Water Penetration | Air Infiltration | Insulation Failure | Condensation/Dewpoint

Visit our resource center to learn more about ways to test for these issues

Hands-On Investigation Solves Tough Problems

In addition to standard lab testing, Façade Consultants offers a “mobile lab” service to perform
many kinds of testing on-site—right where the problem is happening.

We can also design new tests and forensically deconstruct various elements
of the building envelope to solve puzzling problems.

Our on-location approach can extend to the manufacturer plant,
with inspectors watching to ensure proper production and assembly.

What Happens After
We Perform Testing?

We have three goals in serving our clients with testing services:

  1. Making sure you understand the results with clear and accurate reporting.
  2. Giving you practical opinions and advice on what to do to correct the issue at hand.
  3. Providing insight into how the problem happened so you can prevent future occurrences.

Our testing services are highly consultative, ensuring that you get the value of practical answers.

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Commonly Requested Standard Tests.

• ASTM E783 Standard Test Method for Field Measurement of Air Leakage Through Installed Exterior Windows and Doors
• ASTM E283 Standard Test Method for Determining Rate of Air Leakage Through Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, and Doors Under Specified Pressure Differences Across the Specimen
• ASTM E546 Standard Test Method for Frost/Dewpoint of Sealed Insulating Glass Units
• ASTM E1105 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 E331 Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Skylights, Doors, and Curtain Walls by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference
• AAMA 511 Voluntary Guideline for Forensic Water Penetration Testing of Fenestration Products
• AAMA 501.2 Quality Assurance and Diagnostic Water Leakage Field Check of Installed Storefronts, Curtain Walls, and Sloped Glazing Systems
• AAMA 502 Voluntary Specifications for Field Testing of Windows and Sliding Glass Door
• RILEM Test Method 11.4 RILEM Tube
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