ABB provides objective, independent third-party testing and commissioning of building construction to verify performance and compliance with project specifications and industry and manufacturer’s standards. Our specialized testing and consulting provides valuable risk management for owners, design professionals, manufacturers, and contractors. ABBAE’s expertise includes performance verification for building envelope assemblies for all types of construction, including commercial and industrial buildings, K-12 and higher educational facilities, multi-family and single family homes, and public projects such as airports and government owned buildings, high-rises, and low rise structures.
Construction performance testing for:
- Water Intrusion
- Air Infiltration
- Wind Uplift
- Energy Performance
- HVAC and Plumbing Systems
Performance testing is key to preventing the risk of water intrusion and associated litigation in new construction.
ABB maintains an inventory of the latest in building diagnostic equipment. Our digital thermal imaging equipment and in-house digital low energy X-Ray imaging equipment is operated by certified thermographers and engineers. ABBAE’s non-destructive moisture testing equipment includes Electronic Leak Detection (ELD), nuclear Troxler, and impedance field and resistance gauges. We also have a full digital microscopy laboratory for microscopic documentation of construction materials.
ABB is able to determine leak sources and causes of leaks by utilizing a variety of testing methods including ABB’s proven methods and AAMA and ASTM standards. We perform air and water testing on exterior wall elements, windows, curtain walls, roofing systems, below-grade waterproofing, podium slabs, balconies, lanais, stair landings, breezeways, ponds, swimming pools, fountains, plumbing systems, showers and bathrooms; and wall assemblies like, concrete, masonry, operable doors and windows, stucco, siding, and metal panels. Our ASTM testing methods include destructive, non-destructive, water-spray protocols, and electronic leak detection (ELD).
Electronic Leak Detection
ABB provides specialized leak detection and membrane performance testing with the most advanced equipment available to perform Electronic Leak Detection (ELD), that is precisely calibrated for each project condition and waterproofing membrane assembly. ABB’s highly trained technicians have extensive knowledge and are specialized in all types of waterproofing materials, assemblies, moisture intrusion investigations and forensics. Our proprietary ELD services include both high and low voltage testing, covering horizontal and vertical waterproofing membranes.
In addition to analytical testing, our technicians perform a comprehensive analysis of the waterproofing membrane, including a thorough visual inspection of all details, adjoining materials, and seals. The combined testing and observation investigation are provided in an accurately documented final photographic analysis report.
If, in the event failures or issues are discovered and at the direction of the client, ABB will promptly diagnose the issue, prepare a remediation plan for review, and implement repair and/or alteration procedures to assure the issues are resolved.
If leaks, deflection, etched glass, or other issues have become a concern, ABB can conduct a systematic evaluation of the curtain wall system, beginning with close visual inspection. ASTM provides test standards for the evaluation of air and water penetration, as well as structural performance of glass in curtain wall applications. Tests for water penetration, such as ASTM E1105, use a calibrated spray rack system with a negative air pressure differential to simulate wind-driven rain. ASTM E783 specifies test procedures for determining field air leakage at specific pressures.
Glazing that displays systematic scratches or other defects after installation may need to be evaluated for structural integrity. In such cases, a representative sample of glass units may be removed and tested under laboratory conditions. ASTM E997 is one test method for determining the probability of breakage for a given design load.