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CSI Webreach: Make it Tight, Make it Right – Updates in Whole Building Airtightness Testing
November 29, 2023 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Whole building airtightness testing has been a code compliance option in the International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1 for some time. That compliance option is rarely used and only becomes mandatory as part of a building owners’ requirements, or a specific state or jurisdictional requirement. As we move towards Net Zero, building codes will “tighten” up and it is expected this will become a test that is mandatory on a more country wide basis. As we move towards those requirements, it is important to understand the latest in test methods, current and projected code requirements, training and certification requirements and resources to allow you to specify this requirement.
- Identify current building code requirements on both a national and jurisdictional level and requirements of various green building programs.
- Articulate what the test provides and how the results can be used to improve the building enclosure.
- Define the differences between all the test methods available as code or specification options.
- Determine the industry resources that exist in developing contract documents for whole building airtightness testing.