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Big Air – Building Air Barrier Testing
April 29, 2021 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Live webinar sponsored by the Air Barrier Association of America
This presentation will cover specifics of defining and performing diagnostic air barrier testing on large building. What is a whole building air barrier test? How does this differ from testing small buildings? When should zonal testing be specified? Some of the equipment that is used to complete and air barrier test. What is the goal of different types of testing from quantitative to qualitative testing. Discussion of some of the standards being tested to. What common building defects we consistently see will be discussed. Attendees will know why to test, idea of what a test may look like, and where common failings of the air barrier are.
- Participants will be able to select from the standards available to decide which standard to use for their upcoming air barrier project.
- Participants will be able to discuss the planning process that goes into an air barrier test to ensure correct testing design on their next project.
- Participants will be able to differentiate and compare equipment used for testing and where certain types of equipment for testing are suited.
- Attendees will be able to identify key areas of concern in their next building design through visuals of found errors to ensure constructing a building that is air tight.
Torrance Kramer, CEM®, BECxP, BPI® BA MF, LEED® AP
Torrance Kramer has been passionately working to reduce energy consumption in buildings across the country throughout his career as a energy engineer and building envelope consultant. Having completed thousands of comprehensive energy audits on various buildings types, he began to see the lack of understanding in air barriers. This led to specializing in air barrier testing and he began testing building air barriers and conveying the necessity for an effective air barrier in the older building stock. Have consulted on many existing buildings leant itself well to commissioning enclousre of new construction buildings. He has tested air barrier tighness on most building types; from military to municipal to multifamily. For the last 6 years he has operated Accurate-Airtight Exteriors which tests, repairs, and consults on quality building air and thermal barriers. The outcome is many more building owners being able to say they have a comfortably tight and energy efficient building.