Prototypes & Testing


Prototypes & Testing

The appearance, functionality and safety of your facade can often be assessed and tested using prototypes and mock-ups. To this end, we at Gebrüder Schneider also produce samples in size of the original and using original materials upon special customer request, which are then assembled on our sample tower, on a test stand or at a test institute. You can of course rely on the fact that we have performed all the internationally prescribed inspections, load tests and classifications and obtained the necessary approvals before installation.


Material hand sample

  • for testing colouring, optics, coating etc.

Sample designs and mock-ups

  • Sample cross points and sample corners
  • Facade structures in original size
  • Pre-assembly (mostly internal): Optimisation of the production of serially manufactured elements
  • Element installation on the Schneider test site: Optimisation of the construction site assembly processes and determination of the necessary equipment
  • Performance mockup for the required tests and certificates
  • Visual Mockup displays the appearance and effect of the facade element in daylight
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Tests and classifications as required for windows, profiles, glass, elements or the entire facade:

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    Thermal insulation
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    Air permeability (Blow-Door-Test)
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    Resistance to driving rain
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    Statics (wind load, warpage)
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    Building acoustics and sound insulation
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    Security (pendulum impact test, break-in protection and sound insulation classification; explosion test, ballistics test)
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    Fire protection (fire resistance classes, smoke protection, lightning protection)
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    Surface protection (anodic oxidation, powder coating, gloss level of aluminium profiles; hot dip galvanizing, coating, corrosiveness and stainless steel classification of steel profiles)

Following the necessary checks and final approval by the customer, the production of the facade elements commences. You can find more information on this on the Manufacturing page.