The ASTM E (Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Skylights, Doors, and Curtain Walls by Uniform Static Air Pressure. Imison. John H. Waskow, P.E.. Architectural Testing, Inc. Test Method: ASTM E , Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls. Purchase your copy of ASTM E – 00() as a PDF download or hard copy directly from the official BSI Shop. All BSI British Standards.

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The reviewing of project documents for the building. The main objective of forensic water testing is to identify the leak paths through the simulation of the weather events that produced the reported leakage. There are two different procedures listed for the test method. This specification is for quality assurance testing only.

ASTM E331 – 00(2016)

This differs greatly from the AAMA and AAMA field testing procedures that are intended for evaluating newly installed fenestration products or quality assurance testing. Link to Active This link will always route to the current Active version of the standard. Which would be referred to as quality assurance testing. The AAMA is the proper test method for field testing of storefronts, curtain walls and sloped glazing for air leakage resistance and water penetration resistance performance.

ASTM states the field test may also be made after the building is completed and in service to determine whether or not reported leakage problems are due to the failure of the installed assemblies.

The diagnostic field water check is utilized for atsm storefronts, curtain walls and sloped glazing systems only. Specifically excluded from this field check method is the testing of operable components such as operable window and doors. BDG has extensive knowledge of most building systems asym specializes in forensic water intrusion investigations. Give us a call to discuss your next project. These systems shall be tested per the AAMA This test method does not identify unobservable liquid water which may penetrate into the test specimen.


This standard is utilized for laboratory or interior mock up testing only. Water that penetrates the assembly, but does not result in a failure as defined herein, may have adverse effects on the performance of contained materials such as sealants and insulating or laminated glass.

BDG utilizes professional testing equipment that is calibrated to each specific testing standard for accurate results. It can only e33 utilized prior to the issuance of the building occupancy permit and no later than six months after the installation of the fenestration product. See our page for further information. It is difficult to simulate the identical complex wetting conditions that can be encountered in service, with large wind-blown water drops, increasing water drop impact pressures with increasing wind velocity, and lateral or upward moving air and water.

Our field consultants are properly trained and knowledgeable of all testing standards. In service, the performance will also depend on the rigidity of supporting construction and on the resistance of astmm to deterioration by various causes, vibration, thermal expansion and contraction, etc. The evaluation of the design concept to determine if any water resistance performance requirements were specified for the wall.

The determination of the service history of the building axtm provide patterns in the observed leakage and visible damage and where to focus our investigation.

The testing pressure differential is usually determined by the testing specifier.


ASTM E | Water Penetration Testing

Building Diagnostics Group, Inc. This field water check method is not intended to test the rated or specified water performance representative of a wind driven rain event. Specifically excluded from this specification are windows, glass doors and skylights. Historical Version s – view previous versions of standard. We provide testing services throughout the United Astn from our headquarters located in Atlanta, GA.

Water Penetration Field Testing

This test method does not address these issues. This allows us to not only properly test fenestrations on new construction projects, but also pinpoint the cause of any test failures and provide accurate recommendations to achieve successful testing results.

The purpose of this voluntary guideline is to recreate leaks that are known to occur. Some designs are more sensitive than others to this upward moving water.

SITC determines what procedure to utilize based on the laboratory testing results. Analyzing the data and establishing a cause and effect relationship between wall characteristics and the observed leakage. ASTM E references the following documents: This test method exclusively utilizes a uniform static air pressure difference. These factors should be fully considered prior to specifying the test pressure difference to be used. The ASTM E testing is performed by applying water to the exterior of the test specimen while lowering the pressure inside by means of an air chamber built on the inside or opposite side of the test specimen.