ASTM E331 00 PDF

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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In service, the performance will also depend on the rigidity of supporting construction and on the resistance of components to deterioration by various causes, vibration, thermal expansion and contraction, etc.

The reviewing of project documents for the building. We provide testing services throughout the United States from our headquarters located in Atlanta, GA.

The purpose r331 this voluntary guideline is to recreate leaks that are known to occur. Conducting the investigative testing to verify and extend hypotheses arrived at during the document review and inspection portions of the investigation using controlled and reproducible procedures.

It is difficult to simulate the identical complex wetting conditions that xstm be encountered in service, with large wind-blown water drops, increasing water drop impact asm with increasing wind velocity, and lateral or upward moving air and water. 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.

ASTM E | Water Penetration Testing

ASTM states that wstm field test may be made at the time the window, skylight, curtain wall or door assemblies are initially installed. 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.

The air-pressure differences acting across a building envelope vary greatly. Analyzing the data and establishing a cause and effect relationship between wall characteristics and the observed leakage.


There are two different procedures listed for the test method. Link to Active This link will always route to the current Active version of the standard. BDG has extensive knowledge of most building systems and specializes in forensic water intrusion investigations. This specification is for quality assurance testing only of storefronts, curtain walls and sloped glazing systems e3331 their installation.

Water Penetration Field Testing

It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

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. Specifically excluded from this specification are windows, glass doors and skylights.

The diagnostic field water check is utilized for installed storefronts, curtain walls and sloped awtm systems only. Give us a call to discuss your next project. ASTM E references the following documents: This test method exclusively utilizes a uniform static air pressure difference. MISSION Professional services based on accurate information that helps you or your company make the right decision regarding your project or asset.

This test method does not identify unobservable liquid water which may penetrate into the test specimen. In applying the results of tests by this test method, 0 that the performance of a wall or its components, 000 both, may be a function of proper installation and adjustment.

Read more about what xstm customers have to say Historical Version s – view previous versions of standard. Which would be referred to as quality assurance testing. The determination of the service history of the building to provide patterns in the observed leakage and visible damage and where to focus our investigation.

The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to asm units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard. The AAMA is the proper test method for field testing of storefronts, curtain walls and sloped glazing for air leakage satm and water penetration resistance performance.


The evaluation of the design concept to determine if any water resistance performance requirements were specified for the wall. These factors should be fully considered prior to specifying the test pressure difference to be used.

BDG utilizes professional testing equipment that is calibrated to each specific testing standard for accurate results. The testing pressure differential is usually determined by the testing specifier. 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 3e31 of the installed assemblies.

This standard asstm utilized for laboratory or interior mock up testing only. SITC determines what procedure to utilize based on the laboratory testing results.

Water Penetration Field Testing

This specification is for quality assurance testing only. Most generic specifications call for a minimum testing pressure of 6. Some designs are more sensitive than others to this upward moving water. See our page for further information.

ASTM E331 – 00(2016)

This starts with a clearly defined sequence of activities that SITC follows during a investigation: The ASTM E Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Skylights, Doors, and Curtain Walls by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference is a testing standard that describes the procedures to determine the water penetration resistance of windows, curtain walls, skylights, and doors when water is applied using a calibrated spray apparatus while simultaneously applying uniform static pressure to opposite sides of the test specimen.

Our field consultants are properly trained and knowledgeable of all testing standards. This field water check method is not intended to test the rated or specified water performance representative of a wind driven rain event. Procedure A is a uniform static air pressure difference. This standard is utilized for either field quality assurance testing or forensic testing. This test method does not address these issues.