Product Testing & Compliance
Acceptance Criteria 92 (AC 92) is a series of tests administered by third party organizations to evaluate compliance against requirements established by the International Building Code®. Typically, there are three tests that building code officials, architects and engineers most often ask about:
- National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 285: Standard Method of Tests for the Evaluation of Flammability Characteristics of Exterior Nonload-bearing Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components Using the Intermediate Scale, Multistory Test Apparatus. This pass/fail test measures how wall panels perform under direct flame.
- NFPA 268: Standard Test Method for Determining Ignitibility of Exterior Wall Assemblies Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source. This pass/fail test evaluates how panels perform if an adjacent building catches on fire.
- ASTM E 330 – Test Method for Structural Performance of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls and Doors by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference. This test measures the wind load capability of rainscreen panels under both positive and negative wind pressure.
IAPMO Uniform ES Mark of Conformity and the Evaluation Report. Download MEG's IAPMO ER-363 Report (2019)
So how do you know that the panels you order today will perform the same as those panels that were tested? In order to maintain the certifications granted in the ER-363 report, our MEG factory is periodically audited to ensure that the product we produce today is manufactured in the same manner and will yield the same results as the product that was tested. These audits provide our customers with peace of mind in knowing that MEG continues to produce panels of the highest quality, meeting rigorous standards for wind load, weather resistance and fire resistance.
In addition to International Building Code®, the European Committee for Standardization was developed to ensure compliance with a set of international standards. Their EN- 438 specifies requirements for standard and flame-retardant laminates intended for use under both moderate and severe outdoor weather conditions. Laminates complying with this part of EN-438 are referred to as Exterior-Grade Compact Laminates and are characterized by their high tensile strength, high impact resistance, thermal shock resistance, and resistance to weather and corrosion. MEG panels comply with these requirements.
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards. International Standards give state of the art specifications for products, services and good practice, helping to make industry more efficient and effective. (source: www.iso.org)
As part of MEG Inc’s commitment to producing its products in an environmentally responsible manner, we have adopted and implemented an environmental management system (EMS) as outlined in ISO 14001, one of a series of emerging international environmental management standards aimed at promoting continual improvement in company environmental performance. Our EMS establishes and documents our environmental policy for our employees and the public, and includes a commitment to continual improvement, pollution prevention, regulatory compliance and a framework for setting objectives.
At MEG Inc, we are not only dedicated to producing a superior rainscreen panel, but are committed to ensuring the highest level of customer satisfaction. MEG panels, produced by Abet Laminati, have achieved certification for ISO 9001, the International Standard for a Quality Management System for customer satisfaction.