Enabling you to identify and mitigate the intrinsic risk in your operations, supply chains and business processes.
Evaluating how your products and services meet and exceed quality, safety, sustainability and performance standards.
Validating the specifications, value and safety of your raw materials, products and assets.
What you need to know about performance standards and testing
There is no shortage of performance standards in the United States and Canada for windows, doors and other fenestration components. Meeting the requirements outlined in the International Building Code means a product meets minimum requirements. Depending on the intended market, there may be more specific testing and certification requirements. Understanding what is required can be overwhelming and challenging.
A good place to start is with the basic building code requirements in AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440. Performance testing in these requirements includes air infiltration, water penetration, structural performance, forced entry and secondary testing. Products are separated into four classes: residential, light commercial, heavy commercial and architectural grade. The classifications define the minimum test requirements and performance criteria.
In addition to the baseline established by AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440, you must also consider:
Once complete, test results, along with paperwork, form the basis of certification and valid labelling for products. Keep in mind that retesting and re-certification must be conducted every four years.
Performance testing plays a key role in the certification and labelling requirements and to provide consumers piece of mind. Keeping track of the various requirements can be challenging, but important. Working with a trusted third party can play help in fulfilling performance testing needs.
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Anne Mendoza has spent more than five years at Intertek, where she has mainly focused on product testing. She is currently an Inside Sales Representative across many disciplines. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs from George Mason University and is soon to complete her Master of Business Administration in Strategic Leadership from Elizabethtown College.