Performance testing of the air barrier system with air leakage testing has been around for years in the residential market and is gaining ground in the commercial market, but what about applying this same technology and products to Safe Havens? Safe Havens are often designed for people to shelter in place when a chemical attack or leak occurs. Many industrial facilities and power plants have Safe Havens but they are not tested or designed to an air leakage standard. Over the course of a year multiple locations and building types were selected for Safe Haven and the building envelope retro-commissioning began to assess the Safe Havens. Retro-Commissioning the Safe Havens included pre and post air leakage testing, diagnostic inspection to determine air leakage pathways, scope of work development to air seal the selected spaces and over seeing repairs to the building envelope system. Based on the testing of the existing spaces recommendations for future projects included incorporating building envelope commissioning and specifying an air leakage rate for new Safe Havens. Testing Safe Havens for air leakage is different than conducting a traditional whole building air leakage test because many of the spaces consists of individual rooms within a building.
- Participants will be able to compare air leakage test results of various Safe Havens to known standards.
- Participants will be able to evaluate potential areas as viable or nonviable Safe Havens.
- Participants will be able to test and predict the air leakage rate of Safe Havens.
- Participants will be able to identify common recommendations for reducing air leakage in Safe Havens.
Meghan McDermott, BECxP & CxA+BE
Co-owner, Business Manager
High Performance Building Solutions, Inc., Charlotte, NC
Francis Conlin, PE, BECxP
High Performance Building Solutions, Inc., Durham, NC