Architectural Testing Winnipeg Attains CSA Certification

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ATI's laboratory in Winnipeg, MB now adds Canadian Standards Association (CSA) accreditation to its growing list of certifications

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Consumers, quality managers, architects, specifiers - they all recognize the CSA mark as a credible indicator that a product has been satisfactorily tested and inspected, and meets or exceeds applicable standards for performance and/or safety.

Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI) is pleased to announce that its laboratory in Winnipeg, MB has received its Canadian Standards Association (CSA) accreditation. Architectural Testing Canada – the twelfth in ATI’s network of regional laboratories and its only Canadian-based location – adds the CSA accreditation to its growing list of certifications which includes ASTM, SCC accreditation through IAS, WDMA, Keystone, and ISO/IEC 17025 (the international standard governing the competence of testing and calibration laboratories). The Winnipeg facility is also pursuing accreditation through the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Dade County (FL) for conducting window and door certification tests specified by those authorities.

The 7,000+ square-foot laboratory commenced product testing in August, 2011. The laboratory is fully equipped to conduct testing for the basic window and door performance attributes of resistance to wind loading, water penetration resistance, air infiltration, forced entry, impact from wind-borne debris, and other tests required by manufacturers seeking CSA certification for their products. Various other methods for testing to AAMA and ASTM requirements are also available. “We are constantly assessing customer needs and industry trends – both in Canada and worldwide - in order to determine in which areas it is most logical to invest in future expansions to our existing scope of testing services,” said Dan Braun, Vice-President of Regional Operations.

Achieving CSA accreditation was seen as a necessary step in being able to service the Winnipeg laboratory’s primarily Canadian customer base. A positive test report enables certification and compliance labeling of products through CSA, which is often mandated through building codes or project specifications. “Consumers, quality managers, architects, specifiers - they all recognize the CSA mark as a credible indicator that a product has been satisfactorily tested and inspected, and meets or exceeds applicable standards for performance and/or safety,” said Bryan Boyle, Director of Regional Operations – Winnipeg. “Even where product certification is not a mandatory requirement, there can still be a competitive advantage for those products that are CSA certified.”

In addition to laboratory testing, the Winnipeg office will continue to provide building envelope commissioning and on-site building envelope consulting and testing services throughout Canada. With the recent publication of the CSA Z320-11 Building Commissioning standard, Boyle expects that demand for building envelope commissioning services will continue to grow. “Industry recognition and acceptance of building envelope commissioning continues to gain prevalence, and having it referenced within the CSA Z320-11 standard further validates its importance and effectiveness as a method for ensuring that Owners’ performance requirements pertaining to the functionality of the envelope are achieved,” added Boyle. “The increasingly stringent requirements for building performance, energy efficiency, green building, and cost-effectiveness make mandating the commissioning of the building envelope an easy decision.”

Architectural Testing, Inc. is a leading product testing laboratory in North America, with ISO/IEC 17025-accredited capability to perform more than 2000 defined test protocols at one or more of its twelve locations. Testing is available for building products and systems of all types, in the form of individual units and full-scale mock-ups, roofing materials and systems, concrete and masonry, insulation and construction materials, sealants, adhesives, and many others. Architectural Testing also offers certification services and engineering consulting services, including building envelope commissioning, and maintains qualified field testing crews that travel all over the continent to perform air/water testing on existing buildings and new construction.

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