Architectural Testing says its new laboratory in Chelmsford, Mass., offers door and window manufacturers, architects and specifiers a convenient regional source for performance testing of fenestration products and systems.The laboratory also serves as home base for a comprehensive mobile field testing capability that brings third-party on-site verification and forensic investigation services to the Greater Boston and surrounding New England area.

Accredited by the International Accreditation Service (IAS) to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard governing the competence of testing and calibration laboratories, the facility also is accredited by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Dade County (Fla.) for conducting door and window certification tests specified by those authorities.

“This laboratory was opened in response to feedback we have received from many of our customers who basically felt that the fenestration industry was being underserved in the New England area,” says laboratory manager J. P. McDonald. “From individual products to full-scale mock-ups of specific projects, both in the lab or in the field, we are ready to serve what the market needs.”

The 11,000-square-foot installation is equipped to conduct testing of the basic door and window performance attributes of resistance to wind loading, water leakage, air infiltration and forced entry, according to the company. A positive test report enables certification and compliance labeling of products per the omnibus AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/IS2/A440 North American Fenestration Standard, mandated by the International Building and Residential codes. Additional tests can be conducted for resistance to impact from wind-borne debris, negative pressures and for the performance of mulled assemblies. Various other methods for testing to AAMA requirements also are available. Soon-to-be-added capabilities will accommodate safety glazing and sealed insulating glass evaluations, the latter being required under NFRC and ENERGY STAR® Windows programs as of mid-2010.


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