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AIVC project: "Philosophy for setting building airtightness requirements"

AIVC, 2011
Bibliographic info: AIVC project: "Philosophy for setting building airtightness requirements", AIVC project ID: AT 2011-02, Status: Completed, Duration: 2011-2016
Languages: English

There is no doubt that, as part of this tendency to move to nearly zero energy buildings, in most climates buildings have to become more airtight. Should there be specific airtightness requirements? If so, what level is to be required? Should there be a minimum level of air leakage? This is the context for this project regarding the ‘philosophy about airtightness requirements’.

Project Outcomes


  • Topical session at the 32nd AIVC and 1st TightVent Conference "Towards Optimal Airtightness Performance". 12-13 October 2011, Brussels
    • Philosophy for defining airtightness requirements

  • Topical session(s) at the 33rd AIVC and 2nd TightVent Conference "Optimising Ventilative Cooling and Airtightness for [Nearly] Zero-Energy Buildings, IAQ and Comfort". 10-11 October 2012, Copenhagen: 
    • Philosophy and approaches for building airtightness requirements


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