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Whole Building Testing is Coming: Do NOT Fear It

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Whole Building Testing is Coming: Do NOT Fear It

October 12, 2023 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

On October 12th, join the Air Barrier Association of America as they discuss the importance of whole building airtightness and testing. An airtight building plays an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, moving the industry to Net Zero Passive Building construction. Airtightness is now also being recognized for more than energy savings. It is key to moisture management, proper operation of mechanical equipment, mechanical equipment sizing, and indoor air quality.

The question from many people is how do I know my building is airtight? The answer is whole building airtightness testing. ABAA members were the driving force in the development of the latest test method ASTM E3158, Standard Test Method for Measuring the Air Leakage Rate of a Large or Multizone Building. Additionally, in 2022 ABAA launched a training and certification program for Blower Door Technicians to help support the industry adoption of whole building airtightness testing.

This webinar will dispel many of the myths around whole building airtightness testing, walk the attendee through a typical test, and provide guidance on what to do if the building does not meet airtightness performance requirements for the project. The webinar will also provide an overview of the ABAA training and certification program and why this program is set apart from some of the current industry training.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Summarize the benefits of WBAT and industry standards
  2. Explain the WBAT procedure
  3. Investigate solutions for successful testing
  4. Describe the ABAA WBAP Training and Certification

Adam Ugliuzza, PE, CPHC, ABAA Board Member

Director of Enclosures, Sustainable Building Partners 

Adam brings 16 years of engineering experience focusing on building science and the building enclosure construction industry. Discipline expertise includes building enclosure consulting and commissioning services for new and existing construction, in addition to forensic investigations to determine root cause of building performance issues. He also brings industry leading expertise in large building whole building airtightness testing, which is at the forefront of high-performance building construction. Adam continues to work on projects across the United States and abroad providing professional building enclosure consultation in both the residential and commercial space for all types of construction, ranging from multi-family wood/timber framed buildings to high performance institutional/healthcare facilities to high-rise construction. Through this experience, Adam brings a unique approach to building enclosure consulting and testing, concentrating on enclosure interface coordination in design and construction phases of the project that overlays a holistic approach, critical to achieving high performance building construction; the goal to help ensure all the materials, systems, and assemblies are properly connected to provide continuous environmental control. His extensive testing knowledge allows him to be deliberate and methodical in his approach to interweaving functional testing to verify performance.

Adam is also active in many industry associations including Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA), Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), Construction Owners Association of America (COAA), United States Green Building Council (USGBC), etc. and has co-authored numerous technical papers, guidelines and standards; fundamental to an industry leading professional.


October 12, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
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