Belgian Ceramic Research Centre

Ceramic, refractories, glass, soils and environment

Glass, glazing and components

The INISMa Glazing and components department supplies:

  • homologation tests for automotive glazing ;
  • certification and CE marking tests for building glazing and components ;
  • ageing tests (climatic, chemical, UV…)

Notified Body (n°1174 under Regulation (EU) No 305/2011 – Construction products) and approved laboratory (MCI, AMECA-USA, and TAIWAN), the department is also accredited under ISO17025 for a series of tests for building glazing as well as for automotive glazing:

Building glazing

We realize most of the tests for the CE marking of glazing according to the European standards, but also according to other international standards:

Safety glass Resistance to hard shocks
Resistance to soft shocks
EN 356
EN 12600
Laminated glass Mechanical resistance and durability EN ISO 12543
Thermally toughened glass
Heat soak and heat strengthened glass
Mechanical resistance
EN 12150
EN 14179
EN 1863
Coated glass
Photo-energetic properties and durability EN 1096
Sealant for insulating glazing and for structural glazing Mechanical performances and durability
EN 1279-4
EN 15434
ETAG 002 Guideline
Insulating Glass Unit
Moisture penetration index
EN 1279-2
EN 1279-6

Gas leakage rate
EN 1279-3
Mirrors Optical evaluation and durability EN 1036
Dessicants Physical properties
Standard in development


Automotive and railway glazing

We realize optical tests, mechanical resistance and durability for the homologation of automotive glazing (R43 – EEC 92/22 – ANSI Z.26 – TAIWAN) and railway applications (EN 15152) :

  • Windscreens (laminated glass)
  • Side windows and rear windscreens (laminated and thermally toughened glass)
  • Panoramic roof (thermally toughened glass)
  • Polycarbonate glazing
  • Railway glazing

We are also equiped for climate ageing of large samples at temperatures from -40 to 80 °C.


Production batch control – hollow glass

The BCRC (INISMa) carries out, on demand, statistical production lot control on the basis of the product specifications. For bottles, control involves all or some of the following criteria: visual defects, dimensions, technical specifications (internal pressure, axial load, impact, thermal shock resistances, residual stresses, surface treatment…), colour, chemical resistance… 

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