Measuring air and moisture infiltration/exfiltration in air-barrier systems and building enclosures will be a key focus of Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing’s new “state-of-the-art” Sustainable Building Solutions Test Facility, the company says.
The Beachwood, Ohio-based supplier of integrated building-envelope solutions for the commercial construction industry recently announced the opening of the fully-automated test facility.
|Tremco’s new testing facility was developed in collaboration with the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) and will operate in conjunction with building scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.|
Developed in collaboration with the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) and operating in conjunction with building scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the facility is a “cutting edge, technically-advanced laboratory designed to measure energy loss and sustainability of the built environment,” the company said.
“This test facility is a testament to Tremco’s commitment to the sustainability of the built environment,” said Chuck Houk, president of Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing. “Most building envelope problems are moisture-related, either caused by air leakage or exterior moisture penetration. The testing done at this facility will help to ensure building materials are performing at optimal levels and eliminate some of the trial and error as well as risk associated with building design and construction.”
Components tested at the facility will be exposed to different levels of wind conditioning and moisture to determine resistance to specific elements including rain, high winds and other environmental conditions, the company said.
Specifically, the facility will conduct ASTM E2357, E283 and E331 tests, using 300 to 400 channels for simultaneous data control, precise measurement devices and infrared photography.
In addition to testing air-barrier assemblies, the facility has the capability to test the following connection points between air/vapor building protection systems to assure continuity throughout the building enclosure:
• Roof-to-wall tie-ins
• Foundation-to-wall tie-ins
• Window-to-wall interfaces
More information: www.tremcosealants.com/testfacility/.