Environmental Factors, Carbon Footprint & Durability
At Lucideon we know how important it is to consider all aspects of environmental impact. We carry out testing to find out whether products and systems are fit for purpose and should failures occur, we investigate why they have happened.
You want to be sure that your cladding materials, such as renders, brickwork, concrete and modern composite cladding, can perform for their intended life cycle (particularly with the requirement of design life commonly being over 60 years).
We subject samples to accelerated weathering and make assessments about their structural integrity as well as their aesthetics.
Wind driven rain penetration can be a particular problem when looking at modular construction or timber frame and lightweight steel frame buildings as water ingress can cause deterioration of the structural frame and hence affect the load bearing capacity of the building.
Our experts carry out tests under dynamic conditions which represent the different levels of exposure found across the UK. This ultimately allows the system to be categorized for use but also allows any poor detailing to be addressed prior to use.
If you are looking to explore a building's energy efficiency and usage, we can also help. We use thermography testing on buildings to explore energy efficiency and cold bridging problems, as well as heat flux plates to monitor energy usage and the efficiency of insulation systems. We also carry out assessments for condensation risk and carbon footprinting.
Customized Test Program for a Novel EWI System
The customized test program carried out by Lucideon enabled Mauer to achieve third party certification and for their product to enter the market quickly.
One of Mauer’s unique EWI systems achieved certification through the development of a customized testing program
Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) helps identify source of contamination
Testing of unique cladding system and its components
Testing and consultancy enabled third party insurance and building control sign-offs