A multi-tracer system for measuring ventilation rates and ventilation efficiencies in large mechanically-ventilated buildings.

Measurement of air exchange rates, ages of air, and nominal and local ventilation efficiencies in large buildings is often complicated by the building size and compartmentalization, and by the presence of multiple ventilation systems. To allow characterization of the ventilation process in such buildings, a unique experimental system, that employs multiple tracer gases, is being developed at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. The tracer gases are sulfur hexafluoride and five halocarbons. The system is designed to be non-obtrusive, highly automated, and relatively easy to ins tall in buildings.