Impact of energy policies on building and ductwork airtightness

Purpose of the work

This paper aims at reviewing and analysing changes and developments in various countries on building and ductwork airtightness in the past 5 years.

Method of approach

Airtightness in North America seen from Building Physics Viewpoint

Environmental control (heat, air and moisture flows and their effects) started 90 years ago on Prairies of Canada and USA. It has always been based on occupant’s interest in a better indoor environment and driven by builders. More recently, when energy efficiency and durability considerations became part of socio-economic requirements of the society this part of building physics was shifted to the interests of governments.

Radon detection with a BlowerDoor – a report from experience

Purpose of the work

To expand the use of BlowerDoor and thermal equipment combined with Radon

Method of approach

When building is set on very low negative pressure, use the Radon sniff-equipment called RAD7 to count radon at places where thermal imaging camera tell there is draft that can be assumed tob e leaks from the ground. If the found leakages are from the ground it often show higher level of Thoron, Radon and Polonium values, than the measurements elsewhere in the room.

Conclusions

Airtight Buildings, Thermography and Ventilations Systems in Practice

The book of proceedings of the 9th International BUILDAIR Symposium "Airtight Buildings, Thermography and Ventilations Systems in Practice", held on 8-9 May 2015 in Kassel, Germany. Contains 18 abstracts.

The airtightness design – Tracking airtightness in Swiss standards

Purpose of the work

After long, controversial discussions, the main Swiss standard on thermal insulation and airtightness, SIA 180, was finally amended in summer 2014. In addition to changing the permitted limits to the envelope-area value of q50, it also gives some indications as to the airtightness design and its implementation in planning and construction. This presentation provides an overview of the approaches that are also of interest to other countries.

Method of approach

Damage to unventilated flat roofs – Case studies and calculations

Purpose of the work

Wooden flat roofs are being increasingly constructed without the tried and tested sub- ventilation layer of the sealing sheet. However, some regulations refer to the high risk of damage to such structures if the sealing on top of the insulation is largely vapor proof. This research was to analyze whether more recent recommendations, as for example installing a variable vapor retarder, lead to a significant reduction in the risk of damage.

Method of approach

Airtightness design as required by the KfW

Purpose of the work

The German Industrial Standard DIN 4108-7 has been the standard to stipulate the requirements as well as recommendations for planning and implementing airtight construction for a long time (since 2001). However, the principles of airtight building have not yet been well established in general building practice.

Calibration of BlowerDoor measuring devices

Purpose of the work

The presentation provides background information on the calibration of airtightness testing devices.

Content of the presentation

Regulations and certification in Ireland

Purpose of the work

To review the impact of air tightness testing in construction in Ireland since the introduction of mandatory testing under the National Building Regulations in 2008 and the subsequent enforcement of a National Certification Scheme.

Method of approach

Review of National Building Regulations in 2008 & 2011 and implications on buildings being constructed and the industry's acceptance.

Content of the presentation

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