Wind Load Testing Facility

The BCERL Lab includes a wind load testing facility that can simulate the effects of variable wind loading on envelope systems and building components. The facility consists of a steel frame for specimen support and pressure/vacuum accumulators coupled to the facility with computer-controlled valving. This allows for different types of loading sequences to be applied including monotonic positive or negative and cyclic pressure loading profiles. The facility can also be rotated up to 90 degrees to accommodate sloped wall or roof systems. A wide variety of sensors are used with the facility to monitor all aspects of a system under test to detect damage and aid in the development of predictive models of system behavior.

Testing Capabilities

  • Wind load testing on building envelopes
  • Wind load testing on windows and glazing systems
  • Wind-driven rain simulation on glazing and envelope components
Wind Facilities


The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

We conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

219 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2341

Fax: 814-863-7304