ASTM E3223 / E3223M - 20

    Standard Guide for Specifying and Testing Field-Constructed Exterior Building Wall System Mockups in New Construction

    Active Standard ASTM E3223 / E3223M | Developed by Subcommittee: E06.55

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.12


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This guide is intended to assist the construction team in evaluating the constructability, functionality, sequence of construction, interference, tolerances, component performance, and assembled system performance of the exterior wall systems.

    4.2 This guide does not establish specific roles for the parties involved during construction or the contractual obligations of those parties. The role of each party within any specific project should be established and documented before the start of the project.

    4.3 This guide is intended for use when specifying construction mockups that are either integrated mockups or off-structure mockups.

    4.4 This guide is intended to aid the specifier in the development of a QA mockup program for assessing the performance of exterior walls. It is not intended to provide a comprehensive list of applicable test methods for QA testing available or applicable to a mockup program.

    4.5 This guide does not address preconstruction laboratory testing of a wall system.

    4.6 This guide is intended to address technical issues with the performance of the wall system and the interconnection of the various components and systems. A mockup may or may not be used as an aesthetic mockup; however, this guide is not intended to address aesthetic issues with the wall system.

    4.7 This guide is not intended to provide guidance for construction observation services. However, the mockup may be useful to inform inspectors of the intended construction, sequence, materials, and interface conditions encountered on the project and serve as a standard of quality to which the remainder of construction can be compared.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide provides information to assist in the specification, design, and performance testing of field-constructed exterior wall assemblies (“mockups”) for construction projects. This includes testing procedures appropriate to evaluate the component and assembly performance for water penetration resistance, air leakage resistance, and other test methods that may be applied as part of the quality assurance (QA) program for the installed systems.

    1.2 This guide is intended to be applied to exterior wall mockups that include components, systems, and assemblies including, but not limited to, curtain walls, windows, doors, masonry walls, precast concrete, cast-in-place concrete, exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS), roofing interfaces, stucco, wood siding, metal panels, sealants, appurtenances, penetrations, louvers, and combinations thereof. Such mockups are expected to include the intersection between wall systems.

    1.3 This guide is not intended to provide a comprehensive list of potential testing that may be applicable to field-constructed mockups. Additional tests may be applicable to mockups for specific projects.

    1.4 This guide is not intended to address all possible project delivery methods and as such the requirements listed herein must be evaluated by the specifier for appropriateness with the delivery method.

    1.5 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system are not necessarily exact equivalents; therefore, to ensure conformance with the standard, each system shall be used independently of the other, and values from the two systems shall not be combined.

    1.6 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.7 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    C724 Test Method for Acid Resistance of Ceramic Decorations on Architectural-Type Glass

    C794 Test Method for Adhesion-in-Peel of Elastomeric Joint Sealants

    C1193 Guide for Use of Joint Sealants

    C1601 Test Method for Field Determination of Water Penetration of Masonry Wall Surfaces

    C1651 Test Method for Measurement of Roll Wave Optical Distortion in Heat-Treated Flat Glass

    C1652/C1652M Test Method for Measuring Optical Distortion in Flat Glass Products Using Digital Photography of Grids

    D4541 Test Method for Pull-Off Strength of Coatings Using Portable Adhesion Testers

    D7234 Test Method for Pull-Off Adhesion Strength of Coatings on Concrete Using Portable Pull-Off Adhesion Testers

    E283 Test Method for Determining Rate of Air Leakage Through Exterior Windows, Skylights, Curtain Walls, and Doors Under Specified Pressure Differences Across the Specimen

    E330 Test Method for Structural Performance of Exterior Windows, Doors, Skylights and Curtain Walls by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference

    E331 Test Method for Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, Skylights, Doors, and Curtain Walls by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference

    E488/E488M Test Methods for Strength of Anchors in Concrete Elements

    E576 Test Method for Frost/Dew Point of Sealed Insulating Glass Units in the Vertical Position

    E631 Terminology of Building Constructions

    E783 Test Method for Field Measurement of Air Leakage Through Installed Exterior Windows and Doors

    E966 Guide for Field Measurements of Airborne Sound Attenuation of Building Facades and Facade Elements

    E997 Test Method for Evaluating Glass Breakage Probability Under the Influence of Uniform Static Loads by Proof Load Testing

    E1105 Test Method for Field Determination of Water Penetration of Installed Exterior Windows, Skylights, Doors, and Curtain Walls, by Uniform or Cyclic Static Air Pressure Difference

    E1186 Practices for Air Leakage Site Detection in Building Envelopes and Air Barrier Systems

    E2359/E2359M Test Method for Field Pull Testing of an In-Place Exterior Insulation and Finish System Clad Wall Assembly

    E2813 Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning


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    DOI: 10.1520/E3223_E3223M-20

    Citation Format

    ASTM E3223 / E3223M-20, Standard Guide for Specifying and Testing Field-Constructed Exterior Building Wall System Mockups in New Construction, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2020, www.astm.org

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