Testing building enclosure elements for rain penetration

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Journal titleSpecification Associate
Pages4750; # of pages: 4
Subjectrain penetration; weatherproof enclosures; weatherproof joints; dynamic tests; Moisture performance; penetration de la pluie; boitier resistant aux intemperies; joint resistant aux intemperies; essai dynamique
AbstractThe building designer and the manufacturer of the windows and walls are jointly responsible for the performance of these elements in a completed building. A study of the design drawings will give a first estimate of leakage performance but because of the complex nature of rain penetration, testing is often required for complete evaluation. Two test methods are available: static and dynamic tests. The design of the joints in the enclosure element and the severity of the anticipated field conditions must be considered when specifying the type of test ad the test conditions. Regardless of the type of test used, the results must finally be interpreted by the building designer in predicting the field of performance of the evaluated elements for a particular building.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number11798
NPARC number20373754
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Record created2012-07-23
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