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Building Materials Testing

Building Products & Materials Testing

At our building products and materials testing laboratory we undertake analysis of a wide range of raw materials and finished building products to British, European, and international standards (including ASTM). Our test facilities are UKAS accredited (testing laboratory No. 0013).

Thanks to our industry knowledge, testing expertise, and the close work that we do with many regulatory bodies, we can guide you through current guidelines & regulations to ensure that your products receive certification quickly and cost-effectively.

Building Materials Testing


Materials & products

  • Adhesives and sealants
  • Blocks, bricks, and pavers
  • Building hardware
  • Building materials and geological samples
  • Cement concrete, grout, and mortar
  • Ceramics
  • Floors
  • Insulating products
  • Lintels
  • Masonry - slate & stone
  • Pipes
  • Rock and natural stone
  • Soils and stabilized soils
  • Tiles and slates

We offer a full range of physical (durability, strength, load, slip resistance, weatherability) and chemical (composition, microstructural) tests. To complement test results, our experts offer interpretation together with independent, impartial, and practical advice.

Benefits of testing

  • Achieve certification by complying with current guidelines and building regulations
  • Ensure products are fit for purpose
  • To find out why products are failing in use or during manufacture
  • Development of new materials and new products through certification
  • Solve patent disputes or resolve legal disputes
  • Benchmarking against competitors' products


Raw materials

Raw materials are the lifeblood of any manufacturing process. The quality and consistency of the raw materials ultimately affect the finished product. Mistakes made at this stage of the manufacturing process often remain to adversely affect the product throughout its life, none more so than in the building & construction sector. We offer a comprehensive testing service specifically geared to meet the requirements of building and construction sector manufacturers (clay products, concrete products, natural & cast stone, mortar, and more).

Finished products

In a highly regulated industry, finished products need to be certificated prior to introduction to the market. Whether testing the slip resistance of a tile, measuring the frost resistance of clay-based products or finding the compressive strength of precast concrete masonry units, you can rely on our experts to provide timely and cost-effective analysis to ensure that your products are fit for purpose, achieve certification, and conform to exacting quality standards.


Lucideon is a UK Approved Body (1289) under the Construction Products Regulation (EU) 305/2011 for the assessment and verification of construction products. Lucideon maintains impartial procedures for all work performed as a UK Approved Body to safeguard its independence.

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White Papers

Digital Image Correlation for Construction

This white paper focuses on potential applications for Digital Image Correlation in the  construction industry

Cost-Effective Design using Construction Test Methods

This white paper examines the valuable role that testing can play in relation to reducing construction costs

Offsite Construction
Offsite Construction: The Relevance of Full Scale Testing

The purpose of this paper is to show some examples where the results from whole building tests have demonstrated distinct improvements in performance

Case Studies

Battersea Power Station
Brickwork Evaluation of Battersea Power Station

Brickwork testing for the Battersea Power Station redevelopment project

Safe Confinement at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Testing of unique cladding system and its components

External Wall Insulation System
Lucideon Develops Customised Testing Program for Mauer's Novel EWI System

One of Mauer’s unique EWI systems achieved certification through the development of a customized testing program

Lucideon Helps Hemsec Gain Composite Panel ETA Accreditation and CE Certification

Testing enabled Hemsec to attain ETA accreditation and CE certification for their structural insulated panels

Precast Concrete Panels
Major Concrete Manufacturer Extends Range to Include a Precast Concrete Modular Housing System

Testing and consultancy enabled third party insurance and building control sign-offs

Hammersmith Flyover
Lucideon Validates the Performance of the UHPFRC for Fryssinet and the Restoration of the Hammersmith Flyover

Testing provided evidence that the strength requirements of the UHPFRC were met at each stage of the flyover restoration process