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Architectural Testing Offers Comprehensive Roofing Services


York, PA (PRWEB) January 13, 2012

In October 2011, Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI) introduced a comprehensive list of services to the roofing industry designed to address the needs of manufacturers, insurance companies, certification agencies, code officials, and other interested parties.

ATI rounded out their roof services with the addition of fire testing, which they added to their IAS-accreditation scope earlier in 2011. Other roof services provided by ATI help to determine a product’s resistance to weather, fire, and impact; to establish its structural performance; to measure its acoustical and thermal properties; and to demonstrate its ability to meet the requirements of key jurisdictions, the Cool Roof Rating Council, and Energy Star programs. ATI performs tests and evaluations for all roof-associated products, materials, and systems, including skylights, tubular daylighting devices (TDDs), solar panels, ridge vents, gutter systems, as well as edge flashing and coping details. To complement its testing capabilities, ATI also provides forensic and engineering services, certification programs, and third-party follow-up inspections.

“Rather than specializing in only one or two tests, we offer all of the desired services necessary to evaluate roof products,” said Chad Buhrman, Industry Manager Roof Services, at Architectural Testing. “ATI’s goal is to be the single-source solution for the roofing industry. You can come here and get it all done.” As part of their suite of roof services, ATI provides code evaluation, test plan development, engineering, testing, product evaluation, and certification programs, including Listing and Labeling Services.

The roof is a key component of the building envelope and there are a number of environmental factors that can affect its performance over time. Product testing and certification assures building officials that stringent requirements of the codes are met, including the jurisdictional specifications of Miami-Dade County, Florida, Texas Department of Insurance, City of Los Angeles, and New York City. Additionally, several insurance companies offer premium discounts for policy holders who install roofing materials that meet certain impact classifications.

Architectural Testing, Inc. is a leading product testing laboratory in North America, with ISO/IEC 17025-accredited capability to perform more than 2000 defined test protocols at one or more of its thirteen laboratories and twelve regional office locations throughout the United States and Canada. Testing is provided for fenestration products and systems of all types, in the form of individual units and full-scale mock-ups, roofing materials and systems, concrete and masonry, insulation and construction materials, sealants, adhesives and many others. Architectural Testing also offers certification services and engineering consulting services, including building envelope commissioning, and maintains qualified field testing crews that travel all over the world to perform air/water testing on existing buildings and new construction.

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Architectural Testing Now Offers NFPA 285 Fire Testing


York, PA (PRWEB) February 21, 2012

Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI) announces the hottest addition to their fire testing services, the ISMA (Intermediate Scale, Multistory Apparatus) chamber. This apparatus allows ATI to test to NFPA 285 – Standard Fire Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Propagation Characteristics of Exterior Non-Loading-Bearing Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components, as well as ASTM E 2307 – Standard Test Method for Determining Fire Resistance of Perimeter Fire Barrier Systems. This new offering expands ATI’s existing, accredited fire testing services available at their corporate headquarters in York, PA.

One reason ATI cites for offering NFPA 285 fire testing relates to new regulatory requirements for energy conservation. “Building codes are always changing, and we strive to stay ahead of these changes for our clients,” says Brady McNaughton, Program Manager Fire at Architectural Testing. The 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) requires higher energy performance from the exterior envelope. Architects and other specifiers are responding to these more stringent performance requirements by stipulating the use of combustible plastic insulation products in areas that they never used to before. In order to receive jurisdictional approval to use these combustible plastic products, the wall assembly must pass the flame propagation and temperature rise requirements of NFPA 285.

With the addition of NFPA 285 and ASTM E 2307 to their suite of services, ATI continues to demonstrate its commitment to addressing the unique needs of the building materials and construction industry. “We recognize that our clients need more than just one specific test for their products,” says Richard Biscoe, Vice President of Architectural Testing. “That’s why we are the complete solution for our clients, offering everything they need under one company banner. We heard our customers saying they needed NFPA 285 testing and we responded. Now we are one of only a few testing laboratories in North America capable of performing NFPA 285 testing.” With testing services from acoustics to thermal to air, water, and structural to mock-up, along with its product listing, building code evaluation, test plans, engineering, forensics, and certification programs, ATI is the complete solution for a products or systems compliance needs.

Architectural Testing, Inc. is a leading product testing laboratory in North America, with ISO/IEC 17025-accredited capability to perform more than 2000 defined test protocols at one or more of its twelve locations. Testing is available for building products and systems of all types, in the form of individual units and full-scale mock-ups, roofing materials and systems, concrete and masonry, insulation and construction materials, sealants, adhesives, and many others. Architectural Testing also offers certification services and engineering consulting services, including building envelope commissioning, and maintains qualified field testing crews that travel all over the continent to perform air/water testing on existing buildings and new construction. For more information visit http://www.archtest.com

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Architectural Testing Winnipeg Attains CSA Certification


Winnipeg, MB (PRWEB) February 29, 2012

Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI) is pleased to announce that its laboratory in Winnipeg, MB has received its Canadian Standards Association (CSA) accreditation. Architectural Testing Canada the twelfth in ATIs network of regional laboratories and its only Canadian-based location adds the CSA accreditation to its growing list of certifications which includes ASTM, SCC accreditation through IAS, WDMA, Keystone, and ISO/IEC 17025 (the international standard governing the competence of testing and calibration laboratories). The Winnipeg facility is also pursuing accreditation through the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Dade County (FL) for conducting window and door certification tests specified by those authorities.

The 7,000+ square-foot laboratory commenced product testing in August, 2011. The laboratory is fully equipped to conduct testing for the basic window and door performance attributes of resistance to wind loading, water penetration resistance, air infiltration, forced entry, impact from wind-borne debris, and other tests required by manufacturers seeking CSA certification for their products. Various other methods for testing to AAMA and ASTM requirements are also available. We are constantly assessing customer needs and industry trends both in Canada and worldwide – in order to determine in which areas it is most logical to invest in future expansions to our existing scope of testing services, said Dan Braun, Vice-President of Regional Operations.

Achieving CSA accreditation was seen as a necessary step in being able to service the Winnipeg laboratorys primarily Canadian customer base. A positive test report enables certification and compliance labeling of products through CSA, which is often mandated through building codes or project specifications. Consumers, quality managers, architects, specifiers – they all recognize the CSA mark as a credible indicator that a product has been satisfactorily tested and inspected, and meets or exceeds applicable standards for performance and/or safety, said Bryan Boyle, Director of Regional Operations Winnipeg. Even where product certification is not a mandatory requirement, there can still be a competitive advantage for those products that are CSA certified.

In addition to laboratory testing, the Winnipeg office will continue to provide building envelope commissioning and on-site building envelope consulting and testing services throughout Canada. With the recent publication of the CSA Z320-11 Building Commissioning standard, Boyle expects that demand for building envelope commissioning services will continue to grow. Industry recognition and acceptance of building envelope commissioning continues to gain prevalence, and having it referenced within the CSA Z320-11 standard further validates its importance and effectiveness as a method for ensuring that Owners performance requirements pertaining to the functionality of the envelope are achieved, added Boyle. The increasingly stringent requirements for building performance, energy efficiency, green building, and cost-effectiveness make mandating the commissioning of the building envelope an easy decision.

Architectural Testing, Inc. is a leading product testing laboratory in North America, with ISO/IEC 17025-accredited capability to perform more than 2000 defined test protocols at one or more of its twelve locations. Testing is available for building products and systems of all types, in the form of individual units and full-scale mock-ups, roofing materials and systems, concrete and masonry, insulation and construction materials, sealants, adhesives, and many others. Architectural Testing also offers certification services and engineering consulting services, including building envelope commissioning, and maintains qualified field testing crews that travel all over the continent to perform air/water testing on existing buildings and new construction.

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Architectural Testing Adds Arena Blast Test Capabilities


Lubbock, Texas (PRWEB) April 17, 2012

Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI) announces the addition of full scale arena blast testing to their suite of threat resistance services. This new offering rounds out ATIs state-of-the-art Security Research Center to include blast testing tailored to clients needs. The facility in Lubbock, Texas allows clients to test custom mock-up sizes, shapes, materials and product types, up to 20 (w) x 26 (h) and larger upon request. Blast pressures can reach up to 40psi, and even higher pressures can be achieved for custom applications. These new blast capabilities mean that ATI can now offer tests in accordance with the following standards: Standard Test Method for Glazing and Glazing Systems Subject to Airblast Loadings or ASTM F1642, The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Test Standard or GSA-TSO1-2003, as well as The United Facilities Criteria for DoD Minimum Antiterrorism Standards for Buildings or UFC 4-010-01. The Department of Defense released a new version of the UFC 4-010-01 in February 2012, introducing more variables into the test planning stages of a project. This is an example of how Architectural Testings staff can advise our blast clients, says Rich Biscoe, President. Our experts know the ins and outs of the standards; exactly what is required, and if there has been a change. If other tests are required for code compliance, customers can be confident that we offer them.

As a private, third party testing laboratory, Architectural Testing provides the real world testing that manufacturers need. Through the use of a high speed data acquisition system and a non-contacting laser displacement system, ATI can measure reflective and free-field air blast pressures, anchor forces, and mullion deflections. Blast test clients can also benefit from the use of high speed cameras with recording speeds up to 100,000 frames per second, allowing for a more thorough evaluation of material performance.

The need for accurate testing to validate the blast performance of building products continues to grow as building codes and standards get stricter. Properly designed and tested building products offer greater safety for the end user of the building. The results we obtain through these types of tests allow product designers, blast consultants, architects and building owners to have confidence in the ability of their work product to offer the protection that the end user is relying on, says Vinu Abraham, Vice President, Southeast Region. Architectural Testing will continue to develop and utilize new testing technologies, always staying on the cutting edge for our clients.

Founded in 1975, Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI) is a leading product testing service provider in North America, with ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation and capability to perform more than 2000 defined test protocols at one or more of its thirteen full-service laboratories. Testing is available for building products and systems of all types, in the form of individual units and full-scale mock-ups, roofing materials and systems, concrete and masonry, insulation and construction materials, sealants, adhesives, and many others. Architectural Testing offers certification services including a building material listing program, with a staff of professional engineers licensed in twenty states. They also offer consulting services including building envelope commissioning and forensics, and maintain qualified field testing crews that travel all over the continent to perform air/water testing on existing buildings and new construction. Architectural Testing has the ability to serve as a complete solution for their clients. For more information, visit http://www.archtest.com.







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Architectural Testing Receives Miami-Dade County Approval for TAS 112


Tampa, FL (PRWEB) May 31, 2012

Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI) announces the addition of TAS 112 testing to their ever-growing list of standards approved by Miami-Dade County at ATI’s Tampa, Florida testing laboratory. TAS 112, Standard Requirements for Concrete Roof Tiles, which addresses both clay and concreted roof tile compliments the facilitys three other accredited TAS protocols: TAS 201, TAS 202, and TAS 203. TAS 112 provides verification of the performance criteria required for issuance of a Notice of Acceptance (NOA) by the State of Florida. “This added capability allows manufacturers of clay and concrete roof tile products to utilize ATI as an end to end solution for all of their testing and certification needs,” said Vinu Abraham, Vice President Southeast Region.

“ATI’s goal is to be the single-source solution for the roofing industry,” stated Chad Buhrman, Industry Manager Roof Services. Architectural Testing offers a comprehensive list of services to the roofing industry, including fire, wind, thermal, acoustic and material properties testing. In addition, ATIs Certification Services Group provides Evaluation and Product Listing Services to compliment product testing, including quality assurance audits, Certification Program audits, and follow-up inspections.

Founded in 1975, Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI) is a leading product testing service provider in North America, with ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation and capability to perform more than 2000 defined test protocols at one or more of its thirteen full-service laboratories. Testing is available for building products and systems of all types, in the form of individual units and full-scale mock-ups, roofing materials and systems, concrete and masonry, insulation and construction materials, sealants, adhesives, and many others. Architectural Testing offers certification services including a building material listing program, with a staff of professional engineers licensed in twenty states. They also offer consulting services including building envelope commissioning and forensics, and maintain qualified field testing crews that travel all over the continent to perform air/water testing on existing buildings and new construction. Architectural Testings suite of services allows for it to be the complete solution for product CONFIDENCE. For more information, visit http://www.archtest.com.







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Architectural Testing Acoustical Testing Expansion


York, PA (PRWEB) July 05, 2012

Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI) announces the addition of newly constructed vertical acoustical reverberation chambers for the purposes of testing horizontally-oriented ceiling tiles, pipe lagging systems, skylights, floor and ceiling systems and roof assemblies to their ever expanding scope of acoustical testing capabilities. The new facility expands ATI’s existing laboratory and field acoustical testing services by six test methods, to now include the following: ASTM E 492 Standard Test Method for Laboratory Measurement of Impact Sound Transmission Through Floor Ceiling Assemblies Using the Tapping Machine, ASTM E 2179 Standard Test Method for Laboratory Measurement of the Effectiveness of Floor Coverings in Reducing Impact Sound Transmission Through Concrete Floors, ASTM E 1111 Standard Test Method for Measuring the Interzone Attenuation of Open Office Components, ASTM E 1414 Standard Test Method for Airborne Sound Attenuation Between Rooms Sharing a Common Ceiling Plenum, ISO 140-18 Laboratory measurement of sound generated by rainfall on building elements, and ISO 15665 Acoustics Acoustic Insulation for pipes, valves and flanges.

Similar to ATIs horizontally-oriented acoustical reverberation chambers, efficiency of sample installation and testing has been engineered to maximize the testing experience at our facility, stated Eric Miller, Director Acoustics. Additionally, the new chambers will allow for testing of complex horizontally-oriented systems that just were not possible due to sample orientation, size and weight limitations of our existing chambers.

Awareness of the acoustical environment has steadily increased over the past two decades resulting in increased demand for noise-isolating building elements, including acoustical performance criteria for schools and demising walls and floor/ceiling systems in multi-family dwellings. The most recent version of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) also contains guidelines regarding minimum sound transmission loss ratings for interior walls and floor/ceiling assemblies as well as maximum permissible sound levels for various room types in many buildings.

Founded in 1975, Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI) is a leading product testing service provider in North America, with ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation and capability to perform more than 2000 defined test protocols at one or more of its thirteen full-service laboratories. Testing is available for building products and systems of all types, in the form of individual units and full-scale mock-ups, roofing materials and systems, concrete and masonry, insulation and construction materials, sealants, adhesives, and many others. Architectural Testing offers certification services including a building product listing program, with a staff of professional engineers licensed in twenty states. They also offer consulting services including building envelope commissioning and forensics, and maintain qualified field testing crews that travel all over the continent to perform air/water testing on existing buildings and new construction. Architectural Testings suite of services allows for it to be the complete solution for product CONFIDENCE. For more information, visit http://www.archtest.com







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Architectural Testing Hosts Building Commissioning Association Event


York, PA (PRWEB) July 17, 2012

Approximately 40 guests, including key figures in the building industry, arrived at Architectural Testings York, PA headquarters on May 4, 2012 for an event sponsored by the Building Commissioning Association (BCA). Participants received an overview of services that Architectural Testing (ATI) offers to the building industry and were educated on the emerging practice of Building Envelope Commissioning. Mr. John Runkle, P.E., Director of ATIs Building Sciences division, explained to the audience the importance of Building Envelope Commissioning and its interaction with the more established practice of Building Mechanical Systems Commissioning. Also included in the presentation was the history of Building Envelope Commissioning, the stages of the process from the Pre-Design Phase to the Operations and Maintenance Phase, and the current trends of the practice.

The day began with a guided tour of ATIs facilities, where attendees witnessed a demonstration of the impact cannon, ATIs 200-foot shock tube, a dynamic pressure water penetration test using one of ATIs eight WOLF machines, and several other of ATIs building-related testing capabilities. The roles of lab and field testing in the Building Envelope Commissioning process were also discussed during the tour.

After a quick lunch and a word from ATI founder Mr. Henry Taylor, Mr. Runkle spoke to the group about the evolution of the Building Envelope Commissioning practice, from its origins in the Canadian building standards several decades ago to the more exacting standards and requirements in place today. The concept of environmental (i.e. air, water, thermal) separation between interior and exterior (or conditioned and unconditioned) spaces was discussed. The influence of todays developing green building standards on Building Envelope Commissioning was also examined. To relate these concepts to real-world situations, Mr. Runkle also discussed several case studies and some of the ill effects that can result from improper building envelope design and/or construction (e.g. mold growth, building envelope deterioration, and increased energy costs).

The presentation included a discussion of the different processes involved in an effective Building Envelope Commissioning program. Starting in the Pre-Design and Design Phases, the merits of peer review of project documents (e.g. architectural drawings, specifications, shop drawings, submittals) were discussed, noting that environmental separation aspects as well as durability, constructability, and functionality of the building envelope should be considered. In the Pre-Construction and Construction Phases, the importance of functional mock-ups, field testing, and on-site inspections was examined. A discussion of Operations & Maintenance Phase commissioning processes, such as providing warranties and post-occupancy site visits, was also included in the presentation.

For more information on the possibility of next years BCA event or ATI services in general, please visit http://www.archtest.com or call 717.764.7700.

Founded in 1975, Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI) is a leading product testing service provider in North America, with ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation and capability to perform more than 2000 defined test protocols at one or more of its thirteen full-service laboratories. Testing is available for building products and systems of all types, in the form of individual units and full-scale mock-ups, roofing materials and systems, concrete and masonry, insulation and construction materials, sealants, adhesives, and many others. Architectural Testing offers certification services including a building product listing program, with a staff of professional engineers licensed in twenty states. They also offer consulting services including building envelope commissioning and forensics, and maintain qualified field testing crews that travel all over the continent to perform air/water testing on existing buildings and new construction. Architectural Testings suite of services allows for it to be the complete solution for product CONFIDENCE. For more information, visit http://www.archtest.com.







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Architectural Testing Performs Successful Seismic Testing for Enclos Corp. and University of California, San Diego Jacobs Medical Center


York, PA (PRWEB) August 01, 2012

Key Representatives from University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Enclos Corp., Cannon Design, Kitchell Contractors, Inc. as well as those involved in the construction project of Jacobs Medical Center on UC San Diego Health Systems La Jolla campus arrived at Architectural Testings (ATI) York headquarters Tuesday, July 10th to witness dynamic seismic testing performed on the 6 ft. by 16 ft. high unitized curtain wall units that will eventually make up the Medical Centers fa

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