Evaluating the Laboratory and Field Performance of Windows and Curtain Walls of Large Buildings


Building projects for new construction and renovations often require testing of the exterior envelope of the building. The exterior envelope and its components are often required to be tested at 3 stages to assure performance to the design requirements for air and water tightness, structural integrity, thermal transmittance, acoustical transmittance, seismic movement and wind resistance from hurricanes, tornados and other storms. Testing is required of fenestration products including windows, doors and curtainwalls prior to gaining market acceptance, as well as at the pre-construction phase in which mock-ups of the exterior envelope are tested and finally, after installation in which field testing is conducted on installed fenestration systems. This course explores the testing requirements and the value of product testing, pre-construction mock-up testing and field testing. Participants will learn and understand why building project specifications often require testing, what the typical project specifications mean, how testing is conducted, the information it reveals and the positive impact testing provides to the building project.


Course Topics

  • Exterior envelope testing
  • Installed fenestration systems
  • Building project requirements & testing

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the performance requirements for fenestration products, how products are tested to assess performance and information from supplier to assure performance.
  • Detail the testing conducted on pre-construction mock-ups of the exterior envelope and the value testing provides prior to construction.
  • Identify the test standards and methods to conduct field testing of installed windows, doors and curtain walls for specific installation conditions, and how to prepare for air and water field testing to achieve greatest value, efficiency and success.
  • Describe the test results that are obtained and how the information can be used to positively impact a building project.

Target Audience

Multiple roles and levels in an organization including but not limited to:

  • Architects
  • Code Authorities

Participants of the live course are able to receive 1 AIA HSW Learning Unit

If you are interested in this course, please contact: jeff.testa@ul.com

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Time Requirement


Instructor-Led 1 hour

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