Element offers a complete range of fire testing services for building materials to help make certain that they meet regulatory requirements and are safe in their end application.
Fire testing standards and building codes are an important aspect of manufacturing products with safe designs and materials to protect the end-user. Failure to meet flammability testing requirements poses a risk to public safety and can also limit or prevent market access.
Operating in modern facilities outfitted with cutting-edge fire testing equipment, Element's experts provide reaction to fire tests on various interior finish materials used in buildings, including wall, ceiling finishes, and flooring.
Our services focus on assessing the material's burning behavior, from ignition until all combustion has ceased. To do so, we employ various standard methods of test and specified combustion challenges, including:
- surface flammability using the the Steiner Tunnel
- heat release rate using the Cone Calorimeter
- critical radiant flux using the Flooring Radiant Panel
- smolder resistance
Our goal is to help you demonstrate compliance with the relevant regional building codes and the requirements set out by jurisdictional authorities and architects. Our tests are beneficial in material development, for quality control purposes, or to demonstrate a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
The insight you gain from fire testing of building materials also helps you prevent the use of materials that could compromise public safety due to their excessive flammability potential.
The Element advantage
As part of our fire testing services of building materials, we offer non-combustibility testing on materials like concrete that are usually part of a structure or are developed for use in construction applications.
In addition to our reaction to fire testing capabilities, Element's experts supply a full range of testing and evaluation services for building materials used in the construction industry. We carry out various fire tests to validate the materials' mechanical properties, water penetration, corrosion resistance, or weathering effects.
We offer complete on-site testing programs, failure analysis investigations, and consulting services to ensure the materials we test comply with building codes and are safe in their application.
For more information about our fire testing services or to speak with an expert, contact us today.
Building materials we test
Our depth of knowledge and experience allows us to provide testing of a large variety of building materials and assemblies, including:
- Building interior wall and ceiling finishes
- Flooring and floor covering systems
- Non-melting foam plastic building materials
- Thermal and acoustic insulation for indoor use in building construction
- Flame-resistant fabrics of natural, synthetic, or combinations of natural and synthetic fibers, or plastic films intended for such use as tents, awnings, draperies, inflatable structures, or decorations
- Materials used in non-combustible construction
Standards we test to
Our fire testing laboratories are accredited to the ISO 17025 standard to conduct fire testing of building materials under the following national and international standards:
- ASTM E84, ASTM E136, ASTM E1354, ASTM D2863, ASTM E648
- CAN/ULC-S102, CAN/ULC-S102.2, CAN/ULC-S102.3, CAN/ULC-S127, CAN/ULC-S129, CAN/ULC-S135, CAN/ULC-S114, CAN/ULC-S109
- ISO 5660-1
- NFPA 253, NFPA 701
- UL 723
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