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Air and Water-Resistive Barrier Material Evaluation

Air and Water-Resistive Barrier Material Test Requirements for ABAA Listing

For a material to be listed on the ABAA website, the manufacturer shall complete the evaluation criteria process outlined in the ABAA Process for Approval of Air and Water-Resistive Barrier Materials and Assemblies document. Once a manufacturer has demonstrated to ABAA that their material meets the established criteria and has completed the process of submitting test reports and supporting documents for their material, they will be listed in the tables below as an “ABAA Evaluated Air and Water-Resistive Barrier Material” and included in the ABAA Air and Water-Resistive Barrier Master Specifications.

Air and Water-Resistive Barrier Materials have product-specific test properties that the material has to meet to ensure they will meet rigors encountered during their service life and under the buildings-imposed loads.

  • Self-adhered Sheet Air and Water-Resistive Barriers are tested for air permeance, water vapor permeance, resistance to puncture, tensile strength, water resistance, peel or stripping strength of adhesive bonds, lap adhesion, low temperature flexibility, nail sealability, pull adhesion, tear Initiation and tear propagation and crack bridging.
  • Fluid Applied Membranes are tested for air permeance, water vapor permeance, and nail sealability, pull adhesion and crack bridging.
  • Medium Density Closed Cell Rigid Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF)are tested for air permeance, water vapor permeance, flame spread characteristics, thermal transmission, compressive strength, density, tensile strength, dimensional stability, water absorption, open cell content, pull adhesion and crack bridging.
  • Mechanically Fastened Commercial Building Wraps are tested for air permeance, water vapor permeance, dry tensile strength or dry breaking force, pliability and water resistance.
  • Boardstock – Rigid Cellular Thermal Insulation Board are tested for air permeance, water vapor permeance, compressive strength, thermal resistance, flexural strength, water absorption, dimensional stability and tensile strength.

Gain a competitive edge over non-accredited manufacturers. ABAA manufacturers are viewed as the manufacturers of choice for air and water-resistive barrier materials and assemblies. Manufacturers with Evaluated Materials are included in the ABAA specifications, which results in an increase in sales and greater market exposure, along with the ability to play on a level playing field with other manufacturers.

Download all documents and respective product category.

These documents will provide you with all the information needed to get the evaluation process started.

DOCUMENTS
Membership Application Form Join
ABAA Material Evaluation Application Form for Air and Water-Resistive Barrier Materials & Assemblies Download
ABAA Process for Approval of Air Barrier and Water-Resistive Materials Accessories and Assemblies – Overview Download
ABAA Process for Approval of Air Barrier and Water-Resistive Materials Accessories and Assemblies – Assembly Testing Download
Mutual Nondisclosure Agreement Download
Manufacturer Licensing Agreement Download
PRODUCT CATEGORY
Standard for Air and Water-Resistive Barriers – Fluid Applied Membrane – Material Specification Download
Standard for Air and Water-Resistive Barriers – Medium Density Closed Cell Rigid Spray Polyurethane Foam – Material Specification Download
Standard for Air and Water-Resistive Barriers – Self-Adhered Sheet Membrane, Bitumen Based – Material Specification Download