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    STP1615

    Whole Building Air Leakage: Testing and Building Performance Impacts

    Weston Theresa, Nelson Keith, Wissink Katherine
    Published: 2019


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    Learn more about the benefits of increased air tightness in buildings and recent improvements in processes for measuring whole building air leakage. You’ll get key information about air leakage testing requirements for meeting building codes, a top concern for those who wish to construct new, energy efficient, and durable buildings, and update current ones.

    An important reference for design and constriction professionals, this book features 16 peer-reviewed papers written by architects, engineers, testing agencies, code officials, contractors, and building owners from around the world. Topics addressed include:

    – Benefits to building air tight buildings – energy saving, emissions reductions
    – Methods and techniques for testing whole building air leakage
    – Energy modeling
    – Testing methods for new and existing buildings: low-rise, high-rise, multizone, single-zone, educational, residential, commercial, specialty use

    The papers in this publication were part of a symposium sponsored by ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings.


    Table of Contents

    Building Air Leakage Testing in Seattle, Washington: What We've Learned and Where We Go from Here
    José Estrada

    Rookie Mistakes: Lessons from a Decade of Mandatory Air Barrier Testing
    Duane Jonlin

    Detrimental Effects of Air Leakage on Building Enclosure Performance: Energy Consumption, Occupant Comfort, and Moisture Accumulation
    Jason Der Ananian, Tat Fu, Brent Gabby

    Simulation Analysis of Potential Energy Savings from Air Sealing Retrofits of U.S. Commercial Buildings
    Steven Emmerich, Lisa Ng, W. Dols

    Impact of Pre– and Post–Whole Building Airtightness Testing on Multi-Unit Residential Buildings Undergoing Deep Retrofits
    Rob Spewak, Chris Buzunis

    Environmental Benefits of Continuous Air Barriers: Energy and CO2 Emissions Reduction Due to Building Envelope Airtightness
    Benjamin Meyer, Maria Spinu

    Two Project Case Studies and the Lessons They Teach about Whole Building Envelope Air Leakage Testing
    Robert Hosken, John Wattick, Craig Stevenson

    Case Study: Air Infiltration Testing of a Mid-Century Modernist Architectural Icon
    Katherine Wissink, Edward Lyon

    Detection of Air Leakage in Building Envelopes Using Ultrasound Technology
    Benedikt Kölsch, Arne Tiddens, Jacob Estevam Schmiedt, Björn Schiricke, Bernhard Hoffschmidt

    Commercial Buildings Air Leakage Testing and Comparison of Results
    Michal Bartko, Carsen Banister, Adam Wills, Briana Kemery, Mark Vuotari, Justin Berquist, Iain Macdonald

    Benefits of Whole Building Air Leakage Testing for Higher Educational Institutional Buildings
    David de Sola, Todd Symonds

    Estimating Interzonal Leakage in a Net-Zero Energy House
    Lisa Ng, Lindsey Kinser, Steven Emmerich, Andrew Persily

    Water Penetration and Air Leakage Testing of Flanged Window Details
    Trevor Brown, John Posenecker, Keith Simon

    Here Is Your Target Whole Building Air Infiltration, How Do You Get That Into Your Energy Model?
    Edward Lyon, Jenna Testa

    Modeling Whole Building Air Leakage and Validation of Simulation Results against Field Measurements
    Som Shrestha, Diana Hun, Craig Moss

    Target Airtightness Rates for Large Buildings, What Is Possible, What Is Probable, and What Is Prophetic
    Kevin Knight, Cory Carson, Gary Proskiw


    Committee: E06

    DOI: 10.1520/STP1615-EB

    ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-7676-8

    ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-7675-1


    978-0-8031-7675-1
    STP1615-EB