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Performance Testing and Analysis

Our services include testing and exposure of various components of a building to support or refute claims of construction deficiencies. Testing services include level surveys, infrared scans, intrusive testing, ASTM E1105 testing of windows and doors, (1) ASTM E2357 Air Barrier, (2) E779 Pressurization, (3) and E283 Air Leakage, (4) ASTM 1186 Air Leakage, (5) ASTM C1060 Thermal Inspective, (6) ASTM D6381 Shingle Uplift, (7) ASTM C719 Sealant Test. Each of these evaluations helps SBSA determine any defects in construction, possible causes, and manifestations of damage.

Our testing and analysis can include:
  • Relative Level Surveys aid in the assessment of structural movement
  • Window Performance Testing can help to ascertain sources of water leaks, as well as the general
  • performance and installation of windows, doors, and the surrounding assembly
  • Infrared Imaging are used to identify potential anomalies that may be sources of air loss or water infiltration
  • Blower Door Testing can help evaluate the weather- and air-tightness of a building
  • Intrusive testing allows our investigators to confirm as-built construction and chase water infiltration. Samples collected during intrusive testing are sent to independent, certified testing labs to confirm what, if any, biological growth or toxins are present

Infrared Thermography

In the field of forensic work, thermographic imaging can provide an indication of potential damages that are caused by air, water or thermal changes. The thermal image provides a visual illustration to the areas showing the extent of damages thereby allowing non-destructive means of analysis.  Not only can thermal imaging help determine areas of thermal loss, but it can help identify areas of moisture infiltration and direct intrusive testing efforts prior to cladding removal.  A thorough understanding of the impacts of properties and use of thermal imaging equipment is necessary to…

Window Testing

Building codes now require spray testing of walls where there’s at least one opening—this testing ensures that the entire building envelope resists wind-driven rain and moisture. Because windows interrupt the continuity of the façade, it’s important that all windows are properly integrated with the building’s envelope, the underlying weather-resistive barrier, and other moisture-management materials. Testing windows and their installation verifies that both the window product and the way it’s installed will keep water out of the interior wall assemblies, complying with the building codes, industry standards, and good practice.SBSA’s window spray tests determine at least two things:…

Air Barrier Testing

SBSA performs air barrier testing of commercial and residential buildings to determine the field installed performance of the constructed air barrier systems. Air barrier testing is performed in accordance with ASTM E779 – Standard Test Method for Determining Air Leakage Rate by Fan Pressurization. Diagnostic evaluations are performed during the air barrier test in accordance with ASTM E1186 – Standard Practices for Air Leakage Site Detection in Building Envelopes and Air Barrier Systems, which allows identification of locations where excessive air