Construction Specifier magazine recently published an article written by several Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) staff members detailing quality control testing for fenestration products. In “Referencing and Specifying Fenestration Field-Testing,” SGH Building Technology staff members Evan Landis, Chrystal Chern, and Anthony Nicastro discuss testing programs for these types of products, which range from premanufactured window units to custom-built curtain wall systems. “A well-defined and executed quality control testing program for fenestration allows project teams to verify the performance of selected products and have reasonable confidence the installed work completed during ‘production mode’ meets project requirements,” the authors write.
The article outlines industry standards for specifying and testing newly installed fenestration products, incorporating standards with project specifications, and interpreting testing results. “Validating the initial installation is critical,” the authors conclude. “It can alert the project team to performance issues early in the installation process, allowing for corrections to be made and limiting the potential for rework of fenestration units already installed … Clear provisions for testing and execution in the field can help the project achieve successful installations.