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PRI’s expanded testing capabilities now include windstorm testing for windows, doors, and skylights. Known in the industry as “AWS” or Air, Water, and Structural, these three core performance standards serve as the foundation of structural fenestration certification. AWS testing essentially measures the inherent resistance of a particular product to the wind events anticipated during the service life of the product. Utilizing these standardized testing methodologies architects, engineers, and contractors have the ability to accurately select the applicable product that meets or exceeds the design intent for the opening.

  • Air infiltration or air permeance testing as outlined in ASTM E 283 is performed by applying a specific pressure differential across the product and then, by utilizing calibrated airflow equipment, recording the volumetric flow passing through the product. Pass/Fail criteria is typically established by the manufacture’s certification entity.
  • Water penetration resistance testing, performed in accordance with ASTM E 331 (Static Pressure Differential) or ASTM E 547 (Cyclic Static Pressure Differential) is accomplished by applying a pressure differential across the interior/exterior sides of the specimen while simultaneously applying a uniform 20 gal/hr/ft2 water mist to the exterior side of the product. The pressure acting across the specimen draws the water through any hidden cracks or voids on the specimen. Water performance ratings are then established according to the maximum amount of pressure the product resists without water leakage.
  • Structural performance testing in accordance with ASTM E 330 procedure “A” is unlike air & water performance testing that typically utilize lower simulated wind loads. Structural testing applies high pressures that are intended to determine the maximum wind resistance level of the product being tested. Allowables for span deflection and permanent deformation are traditionally determined based on the product type and classification.

In addition to the core non-impact testing PRI also offer’s missile impact and cycling test services for product manufactures desiring compliance to ASTM E 1886 and ASTM E 1996 as well as those seeking product compliance in the High Velocity Hurricane Zone per TAS 201, 202, and 203. To service product manufactures who participate in the Underwriters Laboratories Data Acceptance Programs; PRI’s also accredited for testing clauses within SDI-BHMA A250.13 “Testing and Rating of Severe Windstorm Resistant Components for Swinging Door Assemblies”, ICC 500 “Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters”, FEMA Publication 320 “Taking Shelter From the Storm, Building a Safe Room For Your Home or Small Business”, FEMA Publication 361 “Design & Construction Guidance for Community Safe Rooms.” along with Florida HVHZ testing.

To further enhance services to our clients PRI offers accelerated weathering tests for insulating glass units (IGU). The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) along with Department of Energy (DOE) began in 2010 mandating specific durability preconditions for fenestration products participating in the Energy Star program. The most notable prerequisite for fabricators and manufactures wishing to label their products to Energy Star was the adoption of ASTM E 2190 Standard Specification for Insulating Glass Unit Performance and Evaluation. ASTM E 2190 specifies a series of rigorous accelerated weathering tests utilized to evaluate seal failures of insulating glass units. 6 IGU samples are subjected to a total of 3 stages which include Stage 1 (28 days high/heat & high/humidity), Stage 2 (63 days of 6hr cycles per day of Thermal Cycling / High Humidity / UV Exposure) Stage 3 (14 days high/heat & high humidity) Product compliance is determined by measuring the frost point of the moisture within each sample per ASTM E546 and/or argon gas concentration per ASTM E 2649 (More moisture and less gas retention is directly proportional to more seal failure). ASTM E 2190 also requires 2 additional samples submitted and tested for volatile fog per ASTM E 2189 Standard Test Method for Testing Resistance to Fogging in Insulating Glass Units.

The evolution into fenestration testing completes PRI’s testing capabilities to include the entire building envelope from the foundation to the roof and everything in between! Whether you are in need of testing services to achieve product approval in state or local jurisdictions, to support R&D of a new product, or reevaluate an existing product, PRI Construction Materials Technologies, LLC (PRI-CMT) is the testing laboratory partner that will deliver.

Testing Services is PRI’s core business. As such, we are vigilant about maintaining a state-of-the-art equipped facility, and developing & retaining dedicated staff, to support our industry. We are recognized as an ISO/IEC Standard 17025 testing laboratory by the International Accreditation Service, Inc. (IAS) and maintain accreditations from the Miami-Dade County Building Code Compliance Office, the Florida Building Commission, American Architectural Manufactures Association, Underwriters Laboratories, Cool Roof Rating Council, Texas Department of Insurance, and The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety.

Please find below a tabulated list of standardized Test Methods or Specifications that our laboratory performs on fenestration products. While this list is representative, it is not a complete list of testing services PRI-CMT is equipped to deliver; we encourage you to contact us about any testing need that may not be listed.

bullet_table Test Method & Specification bullet_table Description
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 E330 Standard Test Method for Structural Performance of Exterior Windows, Doors, Skylights and Curtain Walls by Uniform 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 E547 Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Skylights, Doors, and Curtain Walls by Cyclic Static Air Pressure Difference
ASTM E1996 Standard Specification for Performance of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, Doors, and Impact Protective Systems Impacted by Windborne Debris in Hurricanes
ASTM E1886 Standard Test Method for Performance of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, Doors, and Impact Protective Systems Impacted by Missile(s) and Exposed to Cyclic Pressure Differentials
ASTM E1233 Standard Test Method for Structural Performance of Exterior Windows, Doors, Skylights, and Curtain Walls by Cyclic Air Pressure Differential
ASTM D635 Standard Test Method for Rate of Burning and/or Extent and Time of Burning of Plastics in a Horizontal Position
ASTM E987 Standard Test Methods for Deglazing Force of Fenestration Products
ASTM E2068 Standard Test Method for Determination of Operating Force of Sliding Windows and Doors
ASTM F588 Standard Test Methods for Measuring the Forced Entry Resistance of Window Assemblies, Excluding Glazing Impact
ASTM F842 Standard Test Methods for Measuring the Forced Entry Resistance of Sliding Door Assemblies, Excluding Glazing Impact
ASTM F476 Standard Test Methods for Security of Swinging Door Assemblies
ASTM E2190 Standard Specification for Insulating Glass Unit Performance and Evaluation
ASTM E2188 Standard Test Method for Insulating Glass Unit Performance
ASTM E2189 Standard Test Method for Testing Resistance to Fogging in Insulating Glass Units
ASTM E2649 Standard Test Method for Determining Argon Concentration in Sealed Insulating Glass Units Using Spark Emission Spectroscopy
ASTM E546 Standard Test Method for Frost/Dew Point of Sealed Insulating Glass Units

bullet_table Test Method & Specification bullet_table Description
AAMA 711 Voluntary Specification for Self Adhering Flashing Used for Installation of Exterior Wall Fenestration Products
AAMA 712 Voluntary Specification for Mechanically Attached Flexible Flashing
AAMA 713 Voluntary Test Method to Determine Chemical Compatibility of Sealants and Self-Adhered Flexible Flashings
AAMA 714 Voluntary Specification for Liquid Applied Flashing Used to Create a Water-Resistive Seal around Exterior Wall Openings in Buildings
AAMA 800 Voluntary Specifications and Test Methods for Sealants
AAMA 920 Specification for Operating Cycle Performance of Side-Hinged Exterior Door Systems
AAMA 925 Specification for Determining the Vertical Loading Resistance of Side-Hinged Door Leaves
AAMA 1304 Voluntary Specification for Forced Entry Resistance of Side-Hinged Door Systems
SBCCI SSTD 12 Test Standard for Determining Resistance to Windborne Debris
ANSI/SDI-BHMA A250.13 Severe Windstorm Resistant Components for Swinging Door Assemblies
ICC 500 Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters
FEMA 320 Taking Shelter from the Storm, Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business
FEMA 361 Design & Construction Guidance for Community Safe Rooms
FBC (HVHZ) TAS 201 Impact Test Procedures
FBC (HVHZ) TAS 202 Criteria for Testing Impact & NonImpact Resistant Building Envelope Components Using static Air Pressure
FBC (HVHZ) TAS 203 Criteria for Testing Products Subject to Cyclic Wind Pressure Loading