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Allana Buick & Bers, Inc. (ABBAE) is a full service Architectural Engineering firm specializing in building envelope systems including design, forensics, construction administration, and quality assurance services, like testing. Typical testing and verification services include mock-up testing, on-site testing, observation for quality assurance, water testing, and code compliance verification.

Testing can be used as a tool to verify compliance with construction documents, manufacturer’s published performance. For unproven or untested assemblies, prefabricated items (panels, windows, and curtain walls), and integration with discrete building systems, it reveals short or long term weaknesses in construction or fabrication. Testing and verification when used in conjunction with proper design and observations can be invaluable, and pays for itself many times over.

When faulty designs or installations are discovered early, the cost of testing is considered minimal when looking at later damage and structural repair costs that could have occurred. Performance testing of exterior wall system mock-ups to evaluate air and water resistance and structural integrity inherently provide future cost and time saving opportunities.

 

Typical Systems Tested

  • Below-Grade
  • Fountains
  • Lanais, balconies, and decks
  • Parking structures
  • Planters
  • Plaza and podium
  • Slab on grade
  • Vapor barrier
  • Coatings and linings
  • Expansion joints
  • Foundation walls
  • Pool decks

 

 

Adherence to Word-Class Testing Standards

ABBAE specifies and implements ASTM and AAMA standards to enhance performance and provide confidence in all buildings and structures tested. ASTM and AAMA provide the most-regarded international testing standards in the industry. ABBAE uses these standards to ensure public safety, reduce rework and waste, and verify compliance with government regulations.

 

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New Construction

Performance Testing

Horizontal / Roofing /  Plaza Deck Waterproofing

Glazing Investigation

 

Tests Include

Water Penetration (Field Testing) for Wall Assemblies

  • ASTM E1105-15: Field determination of water penetration of installed exterior windows, curtain walls, and doors by uniform or cyclic static air pressure difference
  • AAMA 501.2-15: Quality assurance and diagnostic water leakage field check of installed storefronts, curtain walls, and sloped glazing systems
  • NAFS 2011 – AAMA/WDMA/CSA/101/I.S.2/A-440: North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors and skylights
  • ASTM E2128-12: Standard guide for forensic evaluation of water leakage by building walls
  • AAMA 511-08: Voluntary guideline for forensic water penetration testing of fenestration products

 

Water, Air, and Structural Performance

  • AAMA 501-05: Test methods for exterior walls
  • AAMA 501.1-17: Test method for water penetration of windows, curtain walls, and doors using dynamic pressure

 

Horizontal / Plaza Deck Waterproofing

  • ASTM D5957-13: Standard guide for flood testing horizontal waterproofing installations
  • ASTM D7877-14: Standard guide for electronic methods for detecting and locating leaks in waterproof membranes
  • ASTM D7954-15a: Standard practice for moisture surveying of roofing and waterproofing systems using non-destructive electrical impedance scanners
  • ASTM C1153-15: Standard practice for location of wet insulation in roofing systems using infrared imaging

 

Field Testing for Paint Finishes

  • ASTM: E376-96: Standard practice for measuring coating thickness by the magnetic field test methods
  • ASTM B499-09: Standard method for measurement of coating thickness by the magnetic method
  • ASTM D1186-01: Standard test methods for non-destructive measurement of dry film thickness of non-magnetic coatings
  • ASTM D4414-95: Standard practice for measurement of wet film thickness by notched gages
  • ASTM D4138: Standard practice for measurement of dry film thickness or protective coating systems by destructive cross-sectioning means

 

Energy Testing

  • ASTM E779: Standard test method for determining air leakage rate by fan pressurization
  • ASTM E1827: Standard test method for determining building air tightness using an orifice blower door

 

Wind Uplift Testing

  • ASTM E907-04: Standard test method for field testing uplift resistance of adhered membrane roofing systems
  • ASTM C1568-08: Standard test method for wind resistance of concrete and clay roof tiles (Mechanical Uplift Resistance Method)
  • ASTM D7158 / D7158 M-11: Standard test method for wind resistance of asphalt shingles (Uplift Force/Uplift Resistance Method)

 

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