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Air Tightness Testing Demo: An Introduction to the Blower Door
December 15, 2022 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
Are you new to air tightness testing or in need of a crash course to refresh your skills? In this webinar, we’ll broadcast from Sam Myers’s lab as he covers the processes and equipment used to conduct an air tightness test on a building envelope. Sam is the in-house building science consultant at Retrotec and uses his lab to teach blower door testing virtually. His lab consists of a transparent chamber that can be set to recreate all types of buildings and scenarios we find in the field. We’ll run a blower door test during the presentation, discuss the results, and dive into how the equipment operates and takes its readings.
As building codes continue to improve, blower doors are becoming more necessary to measure the leakage in air barrier systems. This ensures that buildings will perform as designed so they are efficient, comfortable, durable and healthy. Join us and bring your questions!
- Attendees will gain an understanding of why air tightness testing is important.
- Attendees will witness a blower door test and learn how the equipment works.
- Attendees will learn various methods of locating building leaks with a blower door and other tools.
- Attendees will learn about various types of blower door tests used to test buildings of different sizes and layouts.
Sam Myers is a building scientist and trainer for Retrotec where he teaches building performance concepts at conferences and training events, conducts field studies, and assists Retrotec with new product designs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the industry’s conferences and tradeshows have been moved to online platforms. To keep providing the industry with quality educational material, Sam built a virtual training lab at his home where he has taught and trained contractors and consultants all over the world.
Sam has also spent several years as a building scientist with Advanced Energy — one of the most respected efficiency consultancies in North America — where he managed field operations for building performance programs and served housing developers that included Habitat for Humanity. He holds a Master’s of Science degree from East Carolina University, is a certified HERS Rater, and is a licensed real estate broker. Sam lives in Wilmington, North Carolina.