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Material Laboratory

In the Material laboratory, we test material and functional properties on building products, mainly for use in barrier layers in building structures.

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In the Material laboratory, we perform tests according to international standards and requirements that are set for materials such as bituminous and plastic roofing membranes, wind barriers, roofing underlays, radon and vapour barriers.

In addition to standardized test methods, we also perform non-standardized testing, possibly modified and specially designed, in connection with damage assignments and research and development projects. We have a large selection of laboratory equipment for standardized and non-standardized testing.

The laboratory is accredited according to EN ISO 17025 on selected methods.

Requirements and certification

Basic requirements for a building and its products are stated in The Planning and Building Act's associated regulations on technical requirements for buildings (TEK). These requirements are considered to be met when a product is approved by SINTEF (SINTEF Technical Approval).

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The test methods performed at the Material laboratory can be used as a basis for issuing SINTEF Technical Approval or certification of products in Norway and other countries, among other things. The test methods can also be used to investigate installed products in connection with damage assignments.

Products that can be tested

  • Bituminous and plastic/rubber roofing membranes
  • Bitumen shingles
  • Wind barriers
  • Roof underlays
  • Vapor barriers
  • Radon membranes
  • Cam plates
  • Thermal insulation products
  • Gypsum boards
  • Fibreboard
  • Steel roofing panels
  • Roof tiles
  • Bricks
  • Washers (for fastening roofing membranes

See our Norwegian pages for a presentation of relevant product and test method standards

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Contact information

The laboratory is located at Høgskoleringen 7B in Trondheim.