BERLIN, Germany – The UK-based Long Term Development Group of Becker Industrial Coatings has become one of the first laboratories in the world to gain ISO 17025 (General Requirements for the Competence of Calibration and Testing Laboratories) accreditation for the testing of solar reflectance and other thermal properties of coatings and painted surfaces according to the ASTM Methods E903, C 1371 and E 1980.

The ISO 17025 accreditation enables Beckers to offer its customers and other interested parties a fully traceable and externally audited testing facility for the measurement of radiative and thermal properties.

The determination of the radiative and thermal properties of construction materials such as painted metal cladding and roofing is becoming more important as global awareness increases about the part that radiative properties play in helping reduce urban heat island effects and offset the use of CO2-generating cooling and heating systems.