BEAL is the acronym for ‘Building Element Assessment Laboratory’. Commencing product assessments in 2004, it has developed into two entities covering product testing and certification throughout Australasia and Asia. The two entities are known as BEAL Testing Services and BEAL Certification Service.
Staff at these entities have over time, developed expertise covering exterior envelope products, roof systems, waterproofing membranes and window and door assessments. Staff pride themselves on their high standard of service and dedication to the needs of its clients.
Led by Principal Building Scientist, Colin Prouse, who has more than 30 years in the building and assessment fields, BEAL has access to independent materials experts from all over the world, when the need arises.
With widespread risk aversion by councils and certifiers to accept new building products without proof of compliance, in either New Zealand or Australia, BEAL has developed a global network of laboratories that allows for the efficient assessment and provision of proof of compliance.
To make the process as simple as possible for clients, BEAL has designed the ‘Compliance Verification Procedure’. This is a template that is used to conduct a “gap analysis” which is used to show exactly what technical information is needed to demonstrate that a product, including its components, will comply. The resulting information procedure is used to show manufacturers and importers exactly what information and testing needs to be done, to verify that a product will meet the requirements of the code.
BEAL also conducts private research. Entities interested in improving their product can approach BEAL with ideas and describe what they are requiring.