Element’s thermal insulation materials testing delivers valuable insight into the thermal conductivity and other properties of fiber, foam, and expanded or extruded polystyrene, and provides assurance that they comply with the requirements of applicable material standards.
When installed in a home, commercial or industrial building, thermal insulation materials minimize unwanted heat gain or loss, limit condensation, and protect building elements from the spread of fire. However, many factors can affect the performance of insulation materials and laboratory testing is important to ensure that they consistently provide the designed-for resistance to the passage of heat throughout the lifetime of the building.
Element provides professional testing services to manufacturers and contractors, helping to determine the extent to which thermal insulation materials fulfill their performance expectations. Our experts are highly trained and experienced to conduct tests in accordance with internationally and industry recognized methods, including:
- Air permeability
- Compressive resistance
- Corrosion resistance
- Fire resistance
- Operating temperature
- Tensile strength
- Thermal conductivity
- Water absorption
- Water vapor permeance
- Weather protection
The Element advantage
Element is accredited under ISO 17025 to conduct testing of thermal insulation materials with a scope spanning many industries including the application and materials specifications for spray polyurethane foam. We are also an active participant in the insulation materials industry through our work in many committees and standards bodies such as ULC, ASTM, and national building and energy codes.
Our team of insulation materials experts exists to help you make certain that the products you rely on to insulate your buildings are of appropriate quality, safe, industry compliant and, most of all, fit for purpose in their application.
To learn more about our testing services on thermal insulation materials, or to speak with one of our experts, contact us today.
Materials we test
Our depth of knowledge and experience allow us to provide testing of a large variety of thermal insulation materials, including:
- Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)
- Extruded Polystyrene (XPS)
- Glass and mineral fiber
- Loose fill insulation
- Polyisocyanurate (PIR)
- Polyurethane (PUR)
- Reflective wraps and foils
- Spray-applied foam –both high and low density
Standards we support
Element can help you demonstrate that your product meets the requirements set out by the major national and international standards. Specifically, we can test to:
American Society for Testing and Materials
ASTM C1029, C411, C518, C335, C165, C547, C553, C612, C2019, C534/C534M, C1289, C1303, C520, C533, C653, C665, C687, C726, C764, C1104/1104M, E96, E84, E119, E136, E1529
CAN/ULC-S701, S705, S706, S712, S713, S743
BS EN 14179-1 section 10
making certain for nearly 190 years
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