Furthermore, the CSTB has the ability to implement full-scale tests to explore the integration potential of products as closely as possible to actual conditions. It checks the effectiveness of innovations, factoring in how they will be used, their industrial characteristics and the degree of complexity of the physical phenomena involved.
The CSTB has more than 1,200 test benches as well as major test facilities for use by the different scientific and technical disciplines. These test facilities have a broad range of capabilities for testing materials, products and structural components, for traditional and innovative systems used in building.
The testing activities are accredited by the French national accreditation body (COFRAC). The accreditation numbers are: 1-0300, 1-0301, 1-0302, 1-0304, 1-0305, 1-0306, 1-2122 and 1-1542 for tests (websites list and scopes of accreditation are available at www.cofrac.fr).