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  • 1. The Door Testing and Certification GuideProject Planning to Labeling in 10 Simple Steps
  • 2. Door Testing and Certification:Project Planning to Labeling in 10 Simple StepsFrom project planning and test assembly preparation to certification planning and factoryaudit preparation you’ll learn the simple steps you can take to speed the testing andcertification process. Our whitepaper details the door testing and certification processincluding technical and regulatory requirements, project timelines, and test setupprocedures for Fire Testing, Windstorm Resistance, and Tornado Resistance projects.What are the 10 steps of door testing and certification?• Step 1: Project Planning• Step 2: Project Proposal• Step 3: Initial Product Review• Step 4: Pre-Test Inspection (For Certification Test Only)• Step 5: Test Assembly Preparation• Step 6: Testing (Fire, Windstorm / Tornado Resistance)• Step 7: Reporting• Step 8: Certification Planning• Step 9: Initial Factory Audit• Step 10: LabelingStep 1: Project Planning• Client identifies product(s) for qualification• Client supplies product information – construction and application drawings• Client identifies target markets for sale or distribution• Client identifies which ratings or standards will need to be met• Timeline: Dependent on client delivery of project informationStep 2: Project Proposal• Client supplies information collected in Step 1 as noted above• Intertek prepares and delivers project proposal – often attached are credit applications and client information forms for expediency.• Client completes and returns the proposal or suggests revisions as necessary. A deposit for the subtotal amount may be required at this stage.• A copy of the signed proposal is forwarded to Intertek’s certification department• Timeline: Intertek’s proposal is delivered within 48 hours
  • 3. Step 3: Initial Product Review• Intertek evaluates product information, drawings, etc. and advises on any areas of concern. o At this point the client may need to address concerns before making test samples.• Timeline: Projects are opened within 2-4 days of receipt of signed paperwork. The review begins within 3-4 days after the project has been opened. The review time may vary depending on curing time and product.Step 4: Pre-Test Inspection (For Certification Test Only)• An Intertek representative will: o Witness and document construction of test sample o Review component and assembly drawings, material type, size and dimension o Prepare a “Pre-Test Inspection Report” and send to Intertek lab o Sign the test sample/package to be opened only at the test lab• The client will: o Seal and package the test sample o If the sample requires custom clearance, it is advised to mark “Test Samples for Destructive Testing, Commercial Value is Zero” on the package and send to the Intertek lab designated in proposal• Timeline: o Domestic: Pretest sampling - up to 2 weeks. Doors are usually allowed up to 28 days for adhesive conditioning then trimmed to test frame size. Delivery to the lab is usually 1 week thereafter. o International: Pretest sampling - up to 3 weeks. Delivery of the prepared samples to the test lab may take 4-6 weeks depending on client’s selected shipping method.Step 5: Test Assembly Preparation• Option 1 – Client prehangs the doors for test and ships to Intertek to be installed in test setup.• Option 2 – Client sends the doors to Intertek for machining and installation in test setup.• Upon receipt, technicians will inspect the samples. If all match the Pre-Test Inspection Report, construction of the test assemblies will begin.• Test assemblies are built in accordance with the test plan including all assembly components.• Timeline: Test plans are based on client preference and availability. Test assemblies can be prepared in as few as 2 days if all materials have been supplied. Where cementitious materials are used a cure time of 7 days is normally required.
  • 4. Step 6a: Fire Testing• Conducted under positive or neutral pressure following standard time vs. temperature curves.• Doors must meet temperature rise criteria (when applicable), resist the passage of fire, and stay securely in the opening through the test period.• Test methods include but are not limited to: o US & Canada: NFPA 252, UL 10 (B/C), UBC 7-2 (1994/1997), CAN4 S104 o International: BS 476, parts 21 & 22 and ISO 3008.• Timeline: Ranges from 20 minutes to 3 hours depending on product construction and requirements of standardStep 6a: Fire Testing Test Setup• Research Scale or Pilot Scale: Provides data prior to larger scale tests. Used to qualify a variable in the assembly and components (Example: Adhesives).• Mid-Scale: Used when single swing doors are required.• Full-Scale: Used for multiple doors or a pair in a test wall.Step 6b: Windstorm Resistance Testing• Testing of hurricane-resistant products o Required for State of Florida, and may be required in IRC and IBC from the Gulf coast up the Eastern seaboard.• Test standards include: o Door assemblies: ASTM E330, ASTM E1886, ASTM E1996 o Door assemblies: TAS 201, TAS 202, TAS 203 for Miami Dade County o Individual components: ANSI A250.13• Timeline: Tests typically range from 3 to 7 days depending on size and/or configuration, and number of rating options needed.Step 6b: Windstorm Resistance Test Setup• Several approaches o Assembly tests to High Velocity Hurricane Zone requirements for South Florida (Miami Dade) approval (TAS 201,202, 203); also requires notification of upcoming test via Miami Dade submittal o Component testing per ANSI A250.13 o Assembly tests per ASTM E1886/E1996 o Combination component and assembly testing to Miami Dade requirements, ANSI A250.13 and ASTM E1886/E1996• Product design must be documented and verified by a pre-test inspection, or post- test examination of cut sections.
  • 5. • Client must specify target design load (DL)…….enhanced protection, etc). If client is unsure of what his products DL may be, an R & D test project will be conducted to establish the appropriate DL.)• Structural performance testing is conducted first at 1.5 times the DL. If Miami-Dade requirements are also required, the water penetration, air infiltration and forced entry tests will be conducted within this first series of tests.• Impact testing is then conducted, with the cyclic load tests conducted following. Doors must remain closed, and prevent penetration of the missile(s).• Variations in the assembly (i.e., anchorage, hardware options, etc) will be considered, and may be included in the 3 assemblies required for the impact and cyclic load tests. These variations should be discussed with your project manager prior to the start of testing.• Glazed doors and/or frames with sidelights and/or transoms require separate tests.• Tests are conducted on the largest size to be certified.Step 6c: Tornado Resistance Testing• Testing of tornado-resistant products including static load and impact• Test methods include: o FEMA 320 - Taking Shelter from the Storm – Building a Safe Room in Your House o FEMA 361 - Design and Construction Guidance for Community Shelter o National Storm Shelter Association requirements• Note: Work is currently being done to develop a formal ANSI test method.• Timeline: Tornado resistance testing can be completed in 1 day.Step 6c: Tornado Resistance Test Setup• Testing is assembly based• Installed in simulated wall – typically wood framing, concrete or CMU with specified anchorage• Impact test with 15 pound 2x4 at 100 miles per hour (5,014 foot-pounds)• Impact at multiple locations including near latch and hinge points• Static load tests (positive and negative) at 250 PSF on separate (unimpacted) assembly• Assemblies must prevent missile penetration, remain closed and limit dynamic deflection to 3” or lessStep 7: Reporting• Upon successful test results Intertek will issue: o Test Report or Engineering Evaluation Report (Listing Report for Certification) to the client and Intertek Certification department o Draft Listing and Authorization to Mark (ATM) to the Intertek Certification department.
  • 6. Step 8: Certification Planning• Intertek sends the client a “Certification & Listing Agreement”. o The client signs and returns the document along with a deposit (if applicable) to Intertek. o The client receives a signed copy for records.• Note: Not all products require a physical label as some only need to be “Listed”. For those products that do require a label, presence of an authorized label, such as Intertek’s WH Mark, is the only legal proof that a third party has certified the product.• Timeline: Once the listing report has been accepted a certification agreement is prepared.Step 9: Initial Factory Audit (IFA)• An Intertek inspector will visit your factory: o Review flow chart of production process and in-house quality control during production o Review training records of critical personnel o Conduct raw material inspection & QC done by factory o Witness a representative layup o Complete final inspection after production is completed (prior to shipping) o Secure arrangements and certification label controller o If the IFA is successful, the inspector will provide the Authorization to Mark (ATM).• Timeline: Domestic – 10 days, International – 14 daysStep 10: Labeling• The client may apply certification labels to the product, packaging, or both (recommended).• An Intertek inspector will conduct unannounced, quarterly inspections to verify all processes identified during the IFA are being followed.• Non-conformances are immediately reported to the client and Intertek. o The client is required to resolve immediately and communicate evidence of resolution to Intertek. o Delay / failure to resolve can result in suspension or termination of certification.
  • 7. Additional ResourcesHow can I further accelerate the process?• Using our proprietary web-based tool you can: o Initiate projects online and track project status o Access listings and specs via a secure site - 24/7/365 o Distribute notifications of product updates, listings to customers o Replace paper delivery and 3-ring binder system o Educate customers by mapping marketing literature, installation instructions, etc. to a product listing o Print your own labels… Get the product information you need sooner so you can manufacture and marketyour products faster.Are their any quick hints to be aware of?• Once the Listing Report has been accepted a Certification Agreement is prepared… sign and return agreement on that day and it can be finalized by Intertek within 1-2 days.• The Certification Agreement can be issued when the signed proposal is returned. Once Intertek has a signed agreement and an accepted Listing Report, only the Factory Audit is remaining.• Subscribe to SpecDirect and speed the entire process. The SpecDirect contract can be offered along with the testing program proposal.
  • 8. About IntertekIntertek is recognized by all major code bodies throughout the world. We are a NationallyRecognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) by OSHA; recognized by Standards Council ofCanada (SCC); and A2LA, APLAC, and ILAC accredited for Asia and other parts of theworld. In North America we are recognized by the International Codes Council EvaluationService (ICC-ES) and serve as an administrator for multiple Builders HardwareManufacturers Association (BHMA) certification programs.What testing, certification, and evaluation services does Intertek offer?• WH Mark for North America• Performance evaluations; durability and product comparison• Environmental testing• Flammability, flame spread, and fire resistance testing• Structural, physical and mechanical evaluationsWhat specific accreditations does Intertek hold?• ICC-International Accreditation Services (IAS) for testing and certification of building materials• American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA)• American National Standards Institute (ANSI)• Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)• Recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL)• Standards Council of Canada (SCC)• Testing Laboratory accredited to ISO/IEC 17025• Inspection Agency accredited to ISO/IEC 17020• Certification Organization accredited to ISO Guide 65For more information on Intertek’s door testing and certification capabilities or to start a project right away, call 1-800-967-5352, email, or visit