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Make it Tight, Make it Right - Updates in Whole Building Airtightness Testing, a WebReach with ABAA

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About This Program

Whole building airtightness testing has been a code compliance option in the International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1 for some time. That compliance option is rarely used and only becomes mandatory as part of a building owners’ requirements, or a specific state or jurisdictional requirement. As we move towards Net Zero, building codes will “tighten” up and it is expected this will become a test that is mandatory on a more country wide basis. As we move towards those requirements, it is important to understand the latest in test methods, current and projected code requirements, training and certification requirements and resources to allow you to specify this requirement.

Session Takeaways

  • Identify current building code requirements on both a national and jurisdictional level and requirements of various green building programs.
  • Articulate what the test provides and how the results can be used to improve the building enclosure.
  • Define the differences between all the test methods available as code or specification options.
  • Determine the industry resources that exist in developing contract documents for whole building airtightness testing.

Learning Units

CSI: 1.0 LU
*May be submitted for domain specific learning units to CDT recertification, and/or general learning units for CCCA, CCS, and CCPR.
AIA: 1.0 LU/HSW*
*Approved for AIA/HSW Learning Units.

Relevant Practices

General Project Delivery
Specifying/Information Management
Quality Assurance/Quality Control


  • Ryan Dalgleish, CSI

    Chief Operating Officer, Air Barrier Association of America
    Ryan has been involved in the building enclosure and building performance areas of construction for over 23 years. He is an educator and developer of building enclosure education and credentialing programs for building sub-trades and is part of the Quality Assurance management team for field air barrier installation across North America.

    Ryan is a certified Net Zero building instructor and is a frequent speaker at various technical events and conferences. Ryan obtained credentials in Adult Education, Leadership from the University of Manitoba and has been mentored and trained by some of the best building scientist's in the world.

November 29, 2023
Wed 2:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 0M

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