Element offers a comprehensive range of testing services for building materials used in the construction industry, to help make certain that they are compliant and perform as required in their end application.

National and international Building Codes require that all products used in construction are tested and meet applicable industry standards. Element provides comprehensive building material testing and evaluation services for construction components and applications used as individual products or as a system. 

Our services focus on defining various performance criteria to validate material properties such as:

Our laboratories also offer complete on-site testing programs, failure analysis investigations and consulting services. We can help with sample selection and routinely perform quality checks of local producers. Our goal is to ensure the safety, fitness, and durability of the building materials you are using in your construction project for the success of the structure being built. 

The Element advantage

With dedicated testing equipment and a team of experts committed to your success, we can help you complete your projects on time and budget. We work hand-in-hand with our customers to give them the certainty that their materials are safe in their end application and fit for purpose, providing an efficient road for bringing their products to market. 

Our experts regularly participate in ASTM, ULC and various other technical committees for standards development. All our building materials testing programs are carried out in accordance with recognized standards, building codes or the requirements set by the appropriate authority (CCMC, CGSB, CSA, ICC-ES, APA, Mil Fed, ULC, ABAA, ANSI, ASTM, EN).

For more information about our building material testing services, or to speak with an expert, contact us today. 

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Our building materials testing services

Our depth of knowledge and experience allow us to provide testing of a large variety of building materials and systems, including:

  • Air barrier system
  • Bituminous roofing membrane
  • Concrete
  • Cladding and facade
  • Drainage and foundation material and system
  • Exterior Insulation Finishing System (EIFS)
  • Fiberboard
  • Geo-Wrap
  • Guard and rails system
  • Gypsum board
  • High-density polyurethane cladding
  • House wrap / sheathing membrane
  • Roofing
  • Loose fill insulation
  • Lumber of wood panels
  • Metal
  • Oriented Strand Board (OSB)
  • Particleboard
  • Plastics
  • Plywood
  • PVC
  • Sheet metal
  • Shingles
  • Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF)
  • Stone
  • Textile
  • Thermal insulating material
  • Tiles
  • Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO)
  • Vapor barrier material
  • Windows
  • Wood
  • Thermoplastic Composite Lumber (WTCL)
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Standards we test to

Our building material testing laboratories are accredited to conduct performance evaluations in accordance with the following national and international standards: 

American Architectural Manufacturers Association
AAMA 501.1, AAMA 501.5, AAMA 503, AAMA 508, AAMA 509, AAMA 711, AAMA 714, AAMA 910, AAMA 920, AAMA 1304, AAMA 1503

American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists
AATCC 16.03, AATCC 127

American Iron and Steel Institute
AISI S902, AISI S905, AISI S909, AISI S913, AISI S914

American Society for Testing and Materials
ASTM D518, ASTM D880, ASTM D999, ASTM D1149, ASTM D1171, ASTM D1499, ASTM D2126, ASTM D2247, ASTM D2565, ASTM D4169, ASTM D4332, ASTM D4459, ASTM D4587, ASTM D4728, ASTM D4798/D4798M, ASTM D5276, ASTM D6055, ASTM D6179, ASTM D6653/D6653M, ASTM E408, ASTM F1980, ASTM G152, ASTM G153, ASTM G154, ASTM G155

ASTM C67, ASTM C165, ASTM C167, ASTM C203, ASTM C272/C272M, ASTM C297/C297M, ASTM C302, ASTM C303, ASTM C367/C367M, ASTM C446, ASTM C473, ASTM C550, ASTM C592, ASTM C794, ASTM C836/C836M, ASTM C1028, ASTM C1036, ASTM C1185, ASTM C1304, ASTM C1305, ASTM C1335, ASTM C1382, ASTM C1396/C1396M, ASTM C1511, ASTM C1559, ASTM D523, ASTM D618, ASTM D751, ASTM D882, ASTM D897, ASTM D903, ASTM D1037, ASTM D1056, ASTM D1336, ASTM D1621, ASTM D1622, ASTM D1623, ASTM D1761, ASTM D1970/D1970M, ASTM D2136, ASTM D2244, ASTM D2842, ASTM D3045, ASTM D3359, ASTM D3363, ASTM D3389, ASTM D3574, ASTM D4060, ASTM D4073, ASTM D4216, ASTM D4226, ASTM D4434/D4434M, ASTM D4495, ASTM D4541, ASTM D5147/D5147M, ASTM D5206, ASTM D5385/D5385M, ASTM D5420, ASTM D6109, ASTM D6662, ASTM D7031, ASTM D7032, ASTM E96/E96M, ASTM E424, ASTM E661, ASTM E1084, ASTM E2098/E2098M, ASTM E2134, ASTM E2178, ASTM E2321, ASTM E2322, ASTM E2359/E2359M, ASTM F137, ASTM F386, ASTM F970, ASTM F1066, ASTM F1303, ASTM F1344, ASTM F1700, ASTM F1913, ASTM F2096

ASTM C1199, ASTM C1201/C1201M, ASTM C1363, ASTM C1401, ASTM E72, ASTM E196, ASTM E283, ASTM E330/E330M, ASTM E331, ASTM E529, ASTM E546, ASTM E547, ASTM E564, ASTM E576, ASTM E773, ASTM E774, ASTM E783, ASTM E894, ASTM E907, ASTM E935, ASTM E985, ASTM E987, ASTM E997, ASTM E1017, ASTM E1105, ASTM E1233/E1233M, ASTM E1424, ASTM E1592, ASTM E1677, ASTM E2068, ASTM E2188, ASTM E2189, ASTM E2190, ASTM E2273, ASTM E2353, ASTM E2357, ASTM E2358, ASTM E2485/E2485M, ASTM E2486/E2486M, ASTM E2568, ASTM E2570, ASTM E2649, ASTM F588, ASTM F842, ASTM F1233

ASTM C209, ASTM C335/C335M, ASTM C356, ASTM C411, ASTM C421, ASTM C447, ASTM C518, ASTM C520, ASTM C533, ASTM C534/C534M, ASTM C547, ASTM C553, ASTM C578, ASTM C591, ASTM C610, ASTM C612, ASTM C653, ASTM C656, ASTM C665, ASTM C687, ASTM C726, ASTM C764, ASTM C991, ASTM C1029, ASTM C1101/C1101M, ASTM C1104/C1104M, ASTM C1289, ASTM C1303/C1303M, ASTM C39

Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association
BIFMA/CMD 1, BIFMA X5.11

British Standards
BS EN 12430, BS EN 14179-1

Canadian General Standards Board
CGSB 1-GP-71, CSGB 37-GP-52M, CGSB 37-GP-54M, CGSB 37-GP-56M, CGSB 75.1-M88, CGSB 82 GP-3M, CGSB 82 GP-4M

Canadian Standards
CAN/CGSB 37.54-M, CAN/CGSB 37.58-M, CAN/CGSB 41.24, CAN/CGSB 44.227, CAN/CGSB 44.229, CAN/CGSB 44.232, CAN/CGSB 51.32, CAN/CGSB 37.54-M, CAN/CGSB 37.58-M, CAN/CGSB 41.24, CAN/CGSB 44.227, CAN/CGSB 44.229, CAN/CGSB 44.232, CAN/CGSB 51.32, CAN/CGSB 12.1-M, CAN/CGSB 12.2-M, CAN/CGSB 12.3-M, CAN/CGSB 12.5-M, CAN/CGSB 12.8-M, CAN/CGSB 12.11-M, CAN/CGSB 12.13-M, CAN/CGSB 12.20-M, CAN/CGSB 82.1-M, CAN/CGSB 82.5-M, CAN/CGSB 82.6-M, CAN/CSGB 4.2 No. 78.1, CAN/CSA-A82.20.2-M, CAN/CSA A370, CAN/CSA-A440.2, CAN/ULC S741, CAN/ULC S716.1, CAN/ULC S742, CAN/ULC S701, CAN/ULC S702, CAN/ULC S703, CAN/ULC S704, CAN/ULC S705.1, CAN/ULC S705.2, CAN/ULC S706, CAN/ULC S710.1, CAN/ULC S710.2, CAN/ULC S711.1, CAN/ULC S711.2, CAN/ULC S712.1, CAN/ULC S770

Deutsches Institut für Normung
DIN 75 220

International Code Council
ICC ES AC38, ICC ES AC48, ICC ES AC71, ICC ES AC114, ICC ES AC168, ICC ES AC342, ICC ES AC07, ICC ES AC39, ICC ES AC174, ICC ES AC213, ICC ES AC02, ICC ES AC12, ICC ES AC187, ICC ES AC263, ICC ES AC377, ICC-ES AC43, ICC-ES AC46, ICC-ES AC86, ICC-ES AC261, ICC-ES AC379

International Organization for Standardization
ISO 8301

International Safe Transit Association
ISTA 1A, ISTA 1B, ISTA 1C, ISTA 1D, ISTA 1E, ISTA 1G, ISTA 1H, ISTA 2A, ISTA 2B, ISTA 3E, ISTA 7D 

Japanese Industrial Standards
JIS D0205, JIS K6785

Military Standards
MIL-STD-202F, MIL-STD-202G, MIL-STD-810E, MIL-STD-810F, MIL-STD-810G, MIL-I-2781F

National Fenestration Rating Council
NFRC 102, 200, 201, 300, 500, 501, NFRC 100, NFRC 101, NFRC 202, NFRC 400

Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics
RTCA/DO-160D, RTCA/DO-160E, RTCA/DO-160F, RTCA/DO-160G

Society of Automotive Engineers
SAE J1885, SAE J1960, SAE J2412, SAE J2527, SAE J575 

Other Standards
CPSC 16 CFR 1201
CSA A123.21
CSSBI 12M, CSSBI S2
GANA Section 1
GPD 2, GPD 6, GPD 10
NAFS-1
PD-1, PD-3, PD-4 
SEFA-8M, SEFA-8W
NISSAN NES M0135
TOYOTA TSH1585G

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