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    Chicago Window Expert performs tests for air infiltration, water penetration, window condensation and insulated glass failure in the field (at your building). We can also place your project in the best construction testing laboratory for your needs.

    If you are looking for window certification testing, project specific window testing, mockup testing, diagnostic testing or even customized testing for windows, glass, curtainwalls, masonry walls or the entire building envelope, contact Mark Meshulam at mark@chicagowindowexpert.com or call 847-878-8922.

    Field testing performed by Chicago Window Expert

    Window test for water penetration

    Window test for water penetration

    ASTM E1105 – 00(2008)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 – 00(2009)
    Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Skylights, Doors, and Curtain Walls by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference
    ASTM E783 – 02(2010)
    Standard Test Method for Field Measurement of Air Leakage Through Installed Exterior Windows and Doors
    ASTM E283 – 04(2012)
    Standard Test Method for Determining Rate of Air Leakage Through Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, and Doors Under Specified Pressure Differences Across the Specimen
    ASTM C 1153
    Standard Practice for Locating Wet Insulation Using Infrared Imaging
    ASTM C 1060-90
    Standard Practice for Thermographic Inspection of Insulation Installations in Envelope Cavities of Frame Buildings
    ASTM C 1521 – 09e1
    Standard Practice for Evaluating Adhesion of Installed Weatherproofing Sealant Joints
    ASTM C 1193
    Standard Guide for Use of Joint Sealants, Appendix X1 – Method A, Field Applied Sealant Joint Hand Pull Tab
    ASTM E 2128
    Standard Guide for Evaluating Water Leakage of Building Walls
    ASTM E 546
    Standard Test Method for Frost/Dew Point of Sealed Insulating Glass Units
    ASTM D 5957
    Standard Guide for Flood Testing Horizontal Waterproofing Installations
    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 Doors
    AAMA 511
    Voluntary Guideline for Forensic Water Penetration Testing of Fenestration Products
    RILEM Test Method 11.4
    RILEM Tube

    Mark Meshulam has submitted the following test method to the ASTM E06.55 committee and it is currently under review by ASTM:

    Test Method for Water Penetration and Leakage Through Masonry Wall Construction

    Download Mark Meshulam, LLC’s qualifications per ASTM E699-09 here:
    Mark Meshulam LLC Field Testing, Quality Assurance and Evaluating of Building Components Qualifications per ASTM E699-09


    AAMA, NFRC, ANSI, ASCE, CPSC, NFPA, UL, GANA Standards

    AAMA
    American Architectural Manufacturers Association

    http://www.aamanet.org

    AAMA Aluminum Curtain Wall Design Guide Manual
    AAMA/NWWDA 101/I.S.2 Voluntary Specifications for Aluminum, Vinyl (PVC) and Wood Windows and Glass Doors
    AAMA 501 Methods of Test for Exterior Walls
    AAMA 501.1 Methods of Tests for Exterior Walls – Dynamic Test (laboratory)
    AAMA 501.2 Methods of Tests for Exterior Walls – Hose Test (field)
    AAMA 501.4 & 501.6 Recommended Static Test Method for Evaluating Curtain Wall and Storefront Systems Subjected to Seismic and Wind Induced Interstory Drifts and Recommended Dynamic Test Method For Determining the Seismic Drift Causing Glass Fallout from a Wall System
    AAMA 501.5 Test Method for Thermal Cycling of Exterior Walls
    AAMA 503 Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Metal Storefronts, Curtain Walls and Sloped Glazing Systems
    AAMA 507 Standard Practice for Determining the Thermal Performance Characteristics of Fenestration Systems Installed in Commercial Buildings
    AAMA 510 Voluntary Guide Specification for Blast Hazard Mitigation for Fenestration Systems
    AAMA 609 Cleaning and Maintenance Guide
    AAMA 610 Cleaning and Maintenance Guide
    AAMA 611 Voluntary Specification for Anodized Architectural Aluminum
    AAMA 800 Series Series of publications on sealant specifications
    AAMA 850 Fenestration Sealants Guide Manual
    AAMA 1503 Voluntary Standards for Thermal Transmittance and Performance
    AAMA 1503.1 Voluntary Test Method for Thermal Transmittance and Condensation Resistance of Windows, Doors and Glazed Wall Sections
    AAMA 1504 Voluntary Standard for Thermal Performance of Windows, Doors and Glazed Walls
    AAMA 1600 Voluntary Specification for Skylights
    AAMA 2604 Voluntary Specification for High Performance Organic Coatings on Aluminum Extrusions and Panels

    AAMA AFPA Anodic Finishes/Painted Aluminum

    AAMA CW-DG-1 Aluminum Curtain Wall Design Guide Manual
    AAMA CW-RS-1 Rain Screen Principle and Pressure Equalization
    AAMA CW-11 Design Wind Loads and Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Testing
    AAMA CW-12 Structural Properties of Glass
    AAMA CW-13 Structural Sealant Glazing Systems
    AAMA CWG-1 Installation of Aluminum Curtain Walls
    AAMA FSCOM-1 Fire Safety in High Rise Curtain Walls
    AAMA GAG-1 Glass and Glazing
    AAMA GDSG-1 Glass Design for Sloped Glazing
    AAMA JS-1 Joint Sealants
    AAMA MCWM-1 Metal Curtain Wall Manual
    AAMA SDGS-1 Structural Design Guidelines for Aluminum Framed Skylights
    AAMA SFM-1 Aluminum Store Front and Entrance Manual
    AAMA SHDG-2 The Skylight Handbook Design Guidelines
    AAMA TIR-A7 Sloped Glazing Guidelines
    AAMA TIR-A9 Metal Curtain Wall Fasteners
    AAMA TIR-A11 Maximum Allowable Deflection of Framing Systems for Building Cladding Components at Design Wind Loads
    AAMA TSGG Two-Sided Structural Glazing Guidelines for Aluminum Framed Skylights
    AAMA WSG.1 Window Selection Guide

    NFRC
    National Fenestration Rating Council

    http://www.nfrc.org

    NFPA 80 Standard for Fire Doors and Fire Windows
    NFRC 100 Procedure for Determining Fenestration Product U-factors
    NFRC 200 Procedure for Determining Fenestration Product Solar Heat Gain Coefficient and Visible Transmittance at Normal Incidence
    NFRC 300 Standard Test Method for Determining the Solar Optical Properties of Glazing Materials and Systems
    NFRC 302 Verification Program for Optical Spectral Data
    NFRC 400 Procedure for Determining Fenestration Product Air Leakage
    NFRC 500 Procedure for Determining Fenestration Product Condensation Resistance Values (PDF 256 KB, 16 pgs)

    NFPA
    National Fire Protection Association

    http://www.nfpa.org

    NFPA 251 Standard Methods of Tests of Fire Endurance of Building Construction and Materials
    NFPA 252 Standard Methods of Fire Test of Door Assemblies
    NFPA 257 Standard on Fire Test for Window and Glass Block Assemblies

    UL
    Underwriters Laboratories

    http://www.ul.com

    UL 9 Standard for Fire Tests of Window Assemblies
    UL 10c Standard for Positive Pressure Fire Tests of Door Assemblies
    UL 263 Standard for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials

    ANSI
    American National Standards Institute

    http://www.ansi.org/

    ANSI Z97.1 Performance Specifications and Methods of Test for Safety Glazing Materials Used in Buildings

    ASCE
    American Society of Civil Engineers

    http://www.asce.org

    ASCE 7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures

    CPSC
    Consumer Product Safety Commission

    http://www.cpsc.gov

    CPSC 16 CFR 1201 Safety Standard for Architectural Glazing Materials

    CPSC’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS)
    Query the NEISS database here

    GANA
    Glass Association of North America

    http://www.glasswebsite.com

    GANA Glazing Manual

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