Building Testing & Inspections

We take care of people by being good at what we do. At Factor, it is not just about testing and inspection services, but about looking out for people by knowing a building, the materials being used, and the way it performs. It’s about identifying what’s happening so that we can know what’s coming, and it’s about understanding what needs to be done so that investments and people are safe.

AAMA 501.2

Quality Assurance and Diagnostic Water Leakage Field Check of Installed Storefronts, Curtain Walls and Sloped Glazing Systems

This testing is normally performed over an area of 100 square ft and includes the edge of a glass surface where the frame is horizontal, vertical, or intersecting. It is best to perform this test while the interior walls are unfinished so any moisture is visible during the test and amendments can be made before the building is completed.

AAMA 501.3

Field Check of Water Penetration Through Installed Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, and Doors by Uniform Air Pressure Difference

In previous versions of the AAMA 501 standard, a third option (501.3) was available to perform water leakage testing under static pressure differential. This test is intended as a simple and economical field check to verify the general quality of the curtain wall installation, but it is not a compliance test for specified air and water penetration resistance levels.

AAMA 503

Field Testing of Newly Installed Storefronts, Curtain Walls and Sloped Glazing Systems

This testing is based on guidelines established by ASTM International (formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials). AAMA 503 specifies that testing shall be performed soon after the glazing system is installed and prior to the installation of drywall/interior finishes.

ASTM C1601-14

Standard Test Method for Field Determination of Water Penetration of Masonry Wall Surfaces

This test is a non-destructive test method to evaluate the resistance of a masonry wall surface to water penetration from wind-driven rain by quantifying the surface water penetration under controlled flow rate and air pressure conditions. It is intended to simulate wind-driven rain conditions on the exterior masonry surface.

ASTM E783-02

Standard Test Method for Field Measurement of Air Leakage Through Installed Exterior Windows and Doors

This test provides a standardized field test procedure for quantifying the air infiltration performance of installed exterior windows and doors against specified criteria.It is intended to measure air leakage associated with the window/door assembly itself, not leakage through openings between the assembly and adjacent construction.

ASTM E1105-15

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

This test is a key standard for field testing the water penetration resistance of installed exterior fenestration products on buildings under controlled air pressure and water spray conditions. It is intended primarily for determining compliance with specified water penetration resistance performance criteria for installed fenestration assemblies, but can also evaluate penetration through joints between the assemblies and adjacent construction.

ASTM E1186-17

Standard Practices for Air Leakage Site Detection in Building Envelopes and Air Barrier Systems

This test provides standardized practices and multiple methods (e.g. smoke tracers, gas tracers, air measurements, themal imaging, and more) for locating air leakage sites in building envelopes, which is crucial for ensuring air barrier system performance and meeting energy efficiency requirements. Detecting air leakage sites is important for proper installation of air barrier systems and meeting energy code requirements and this standard allows flexibility in choosing the most suitable technique for detecting air leaks in different situations.

ASTM E2128-17

Standard Guide for Evaluating Water Leakage of Building Walls

This test is a comprehensive standard that outlines methodologies and best practices for investigating and diagnosing the causes of water intrusion issues in building wall systems. It is intended as a guide for evaluating existing buildings exhibiting water leakage, not as a design guide or quality control procedure for new construction. Various investigative techniques, both non-destructive and destructive, are permitted to identify the origin and cause of water intrusion.

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"I have had Factor test many windows on commercial projects for air and water infiltration. He is very professional and works well with the Architects and Job Superintendents. I will for sure use him on my next project."
Brad Ramberg, Superior Glass, Inc.

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