January 2022 Monthly Meeting

Meeting Title
Whole Building Air Leakage Testing: A Tale of Two Completed Projects

Live Zoom Webinar. Pre-registration is required at the link below.

Stanley Yee

The evolution of outcome-based performance criteria in the building & construction industry is placing more emphasis on the traditional ways of addressing air and water tightness. There is such a strong correlation between energy performance of commercial buildings and the management of uncontrolled air infiltration that we have seen Energy Codes (e.g. ASHRAE 90.1) and select jurisdictions adopt requirements to show a continuous air barrier systems in the construction documents and to demonstrate compliance of the construction through testing. As a way of measuring this performance criteria, the industry has seen a rise in whole-building air leakage testing.

The design of the building, the selection of the appropriate material, the awareness and means of addressing key interface details are pivotal in a successful whole-building air leakage test. With enhanced air-tightness requirements in the State of Washington Energy Code, this course will explore the paths that two recently completed projects took to achieve its air-tightness performance goals through a method paralleling that of the Building Enclosure Commission (BECx) process.

Focus will be on the on aspects of building enclosure detailing, installation, and material selection and their specific performance capabilities that enabled the building enclosure system to ultimately demonstrate how they positively impact the whole building air-tightness performance and verified through whole building air tightness testing. The financial implications of the BECx–inspired process, and its associated testing, will be discussed in the context of the overall benefit the process brought to the project.

A LEED® Accredited Professional, Stanley is a facade design and construction scientist for Dow. He has over 25 years experience in the global building enclosure industry working in curtain wall and exterior cladding contracting, as well as providing construction industry stakeholders with independent façade consulting expertise. Stanley’s specialties include: building enclosure design and construction practices, and performance consulting for air-water-vapor-thermal resistant design concepts and practices. He holds a Building Engineering degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Stanley has previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Glass Association and currently also serves as a technical advisor and delegate on various ASTM and ISO technical committees.