UL offers testing, certification and product evaluations for a wide range of building products, including ceilings to floor coverings, insulation and wall board, interior finish materials, paints, sealants, and treated lumber.
We understand that the building products industry operates under intense deadline pressure. We offer expert engineering evaluation and preliminary investigations to help avert the need for time-wasting, costly remediation down the road. We provide service bundles aimed at eliminating the need for redundant testing and utilize the most advanced testing methods and equipment which, when teamed with our industry-leading worldwide capabilities and regulatory expertise, help get our customers’ products to market quickly.
A proven leader in fire safety engineering, UL’s offerings include cone calorimeter testing, which uses a small sample of a product to gauge parameters such as its ignition time, heat release rate, combustion products and burning properties.
We perform noncombustibility testing, optical/smoke density tests, room corner tests and surface burning tests (Steiner Tunnel), according to U.S. and Canadian standards. We offer testing to accurately evaluate the mechanical properties of materials and components using tension, compression, flexure, fatigue, impact, torsion, and hardness tests.
UL also understands the importance of products complying with growing environmental concerns. We offer a full array of services related to sustainability and environmental friendliness. These services include testing for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Environmental Claim Validations (ECVs). UL also offers ECOLOGO and GREENGUARD certification.
Equipment installed in air-handling spaces, or plenums, must meet installation code requirements for smoke and flammability performance. UL developed the Standard for combustible materials for use in plenums and is the leader in testing materials to UL 2043 requirements.
Our staff are also active participants in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the ASTM International standards creation committees.