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

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
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 C 1153
Standard Practice for Locating Wet Insulation Using Infrared Imaging
ASTM C 1060
Standard Practice for Thermographic Inspection of Insulation Installations in Envelope Cavities of Frame Buildings
ASTM C 1521 
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, NGA/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

NGA/GANA
National Glass Association/Glass Association of North America

http://www.glasswebsite.com

GANA Glazing Manual

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