Canadian building product manufacturers have options to save time and
money through local testing
CHICAGO, Oct. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Intertek (LSE: ITRK), a global leader in testing, inspection and certification, today announced it has expanded its testing capabilities in eastern Canada (Mississauga, Ontario) to include high-velocity, hurricane-zone testing. This testing is a requirement for building product manufacturers who wish to sell products in the Miami-Dade County and coastal area markets of South Florida. Canadian manufactures can now chose to have products such as of doors, windows, hardware, roofing, wall systems, sunrooms and cladding tested locally, rather than shipping products to the U.S., reducing testing costs and speeding time to market.
Because of changing environmental conditions and greater storm frequency, high-velocity, hurricane-zone testing is becoming widely recognized in the maritime regions from the Atlantic Seaboard across to the Gulf of Mexico. The high cost of insuring buildings in coastal areas is influencing code officials and home owners to request this type of testing, ensuring products are capable of withstanding severe windborne debris, temperature fluxuations, and pressure changes that are induced during high wind-zone events.
"This expansion greatly enhances our clients' efficiency and reduces their time to market," said Deg Priest, Sr. Global Director of Operations, Intertek. "Being the only certification body in Canada to offer testing for Miami-Dade County certification, it is critical that we simplify the process for manufacturers who want to sell their products in Florida."
Intertek's testing solutions for Miami-Dade County range from wind uplift and roof classification testing, to structural testing including, missile impact, pressure cycling, static wind loading, weathering, combustion and more.
Intertek offers the WHI Listed Mark as proof of compliance to the requirements of applicable CSA standards, The Alberta Building Code Part 10, The National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) and other provincial codes as required. Intertek's WHI Mark is already one of the most recognized marks for building materials and systems in Canada and reflects commitment to product safety to inspectors, builders and end users.
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