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What organization offers the credential of Registered Building Envelope Consultant?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


True or false: Titanium zinc is sometimes used as a cladding material on buildings.

Monday, October 30, 2017


True or false: If a local building code requires compliance with ASHRAE 90.1, then a complete air barrier system must be part of the building enclosure.

Monday, September 18, 2017


What is the general name for the materials designed to resist liquid water that has penetrated the exterior cladding of a building?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


What two ASTM committees will hold a “Symposium on Building Science and the Physics of Building Enclosure Performance” in 2018?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


True or false: EIFS cladding can be finished to look like metal panels.

Thursday, May 18, 2017


True or false: A recent RCI Publication concluded that cool roofing materials installed over West Coast wood deck systems have reduced the ability of these systems to be self-drying.

Friday, May 12, 2017


True or false: One performance criterion in AAMA 714-15 for liquid-applied flashing is tolerance to application over damp surfaces.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


True or false: Spray polyurethane foam roofing systems have a lifespan of 50+ years with regular maintenance, according to a recent D+D In Depth article.

Friday, April 21, 2017


True or false: Barrier EIFS creates the most effective moisture management wall system.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


What is the name of the test that provides a method of determining the flammability characteristics of exterior, non-load-bearing wall assemblies/panels?

Thursday, April 6, 2017


True or false: The main functions of a roof coating over single-ply, modified bitumen and BUR, are UV protection of the roofing material, reflectivity and emissivity, and smog destruction.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


What organization maintains the Reflective Roof Rebates Database?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


What organization bills itself as “an international association of building envelope consultants"?

Friday, February 24, 2017


True or false: In a recent Durability + Design article, John Straube pointed to ABAA and BECs (Building Enclosure Councils) as sources of good training and technical information about air barriers.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017


True or false: Reflective roof coatings based on silicone are sometimes recommended for ponding water exposure on flat or low-slope roofs.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


True or false: Tests for air leakage through a building envelope as described in ASTM E 1186 provide data on air leakage rates.

Monday, January 30, 2017


Which of the organizations below collaborated with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop an online building airtightness calculator?

Thursday, January 26, 2017


True or false: According to a Department of Energy report, air infiltration accounted for greater energy losses than any other component of the building envelope, including fenestration.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


True or false: An executive order issued in 2015 mandated a reduction in energy use of 2.5 percent per year for the next 10 years in federal buildings.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


True or false: ASTM E01 deals with the performance of buildings.

Thursday, December 15, 2016


What organization offers a one-day course on “Exterior Wall Quality Assurance”?

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


True or false: According to a D+D In Depth article, EIFS systems have not been able to pass the stringent Miami-Dade County Hurricane Tests (High Velocity Hurricane Zone).

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


According to a D+D In Depth feature, what is the most popular generic type of liquid-applied flashing for rough openings and penetrations?

Monday, November 28, 2016


True or false: The Department of Energy’s 2014 Windows and Building Envelope Research and Development Roadmap for Emerging Technologies states that the cost of an air barrier system for a new building can be recovered in less than five years.

Friday, October 28, 2016


What country is the partner of the United States in the Clean Energy Research Center for Building Energy Efficiency?

Monday, October 17, 2016


What coating system was used to restore the 9.7-acre roof of the Louisiana Superdome (now called the Mercedes-Benz Superdome) in the Fall of 2005 after being damaged by Hurricane Katrina?

Thursday, October 6, 2016


What is the name of a technique used to attach glass to a structure with a silicone sealant?

Friday, September 30, 2016


According to a D+D article in 2015, establishing a drainage plane was the most significant solution, adopted in the 1990s, to moisture intrusion problems with EIFS cladding.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


What is the name of the test that provides a method of determining the flammability characteristics of exterior, non-load-bearing wall assemblies/panels?

Friday, September 16, 2016


What organization is developing a standard tentatively titled “Laboratory Performance Requirements for Coatings for Concrete Masonry Units in Air Barrier Assemblies”?

Thursday, September 15, 2016


What organization offers the training, “Exterior Envelope—Doing It Right”?

Friday, September 9, 2016


True or false: The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) trains and certifies air barrier contractors, installers and architects.

Thursday, August 18, 2016


What organization is developing the Guide for Detection of Moisture in Walls and Ceilings?

Wednesday, August 17, 2016


What organization claims to offer “the world's leading environmental assessment method to assess new, existing buildings and community scale development”?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


With specific values required in several energy codes, reflectance is an important performance property of a cool roof coating. What is another?

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


What organization is developing the “Guide for Fluid Applied Air Barrier Coatings for Concrete Masonry Units”?

Monday, August 8, 2016


How many days does it take to simulate three years of outdoor aging of reflective roof coatings using the laboratory testing protocol developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory?

Friday, August 5, 2016


What organization has a certification program for installing spray polyurethane foam on roofs?

Friday, July 29, 2016


Approximately how many roof coating manufacturers belong to the Roof Coating Manufacturers Association, which holds its annual meeting this week?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


True or false: Following Hurricane Katrina, a metal replacement roof was installed on the Superdome.

Thursday, July 14, 2016


True or false: The Heat Island Group is located in Hawaii.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Among the options for retrofitting building envelopes, which one was used the least, according to interviews conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


True or false: There is no comprehensive list of rebates, loans, grants, and tax credits for applying reflective roof coatings.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


True or false: The plastic sheet method of detecting moisture in concrete substrates can be used only on floors or other horizontal surfaces.

Thursday, June 16, 2016


True or false: Waterproofing membranes for green roofs have included liquid-applied material based on methyl methacrylate technology.

Thursday, June 9, 2016


ASTM standards describe how many methods of measuring moisture in concrete?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


True or false: The Cool Roof Rating Council now offers either rapid ratings via accelerated testing or three-year aging of reflective roof coatings to determine cool roof performance levels.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016


True or false: Aggressive application of dehumidification to dry a concrete floor slab should begin within the first 10 days after placement.

Friday, May 27, 2016


What technical association expanded its scope in 2006 to include waterproofing and exterior walls?

Friday, May 13, 2016


What organization will present the 2016 Symposium on Building Envelope Technology?

Friday, May 6, 2016


Which one of the following coating types is the least commonly used as an air barrier?

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


True or false: The acronym “EIFS” stands for Engineered Insulation and Finishing Systems.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


What organization is working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Air Barrier Association of America to create an air barrier energy calculator?

Monday, April 4, 2016


True or false: The 2016 American Coatings Show will have two of its 16 conference sessions dedicated to architectural coatings technology.

Thursday, March 24, 2016


Closed-cell spray polyurethane foam insulation can serve what function in commercial construction?

Monday, March 14, 2016


Both mechanical loads from heating and cooling equipment and the stack effect of conditioned air rising or settling can contribute to air and water leaks through holes in building envelope materials. What’s another contributor?

Friday, March 11, 2016


True or false: The AAMA has a performance specification for liquid-applied flashing materials.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


True or false: SSPC’s Subcommittee on roof coatings is developing a guideline to assist specifiers in selecting suitable protective coatings for SPF roofing.

Monday, March 7, 2016


What organization partnered with AIA in the development of Building Enclosure Councils?

Thursday, March 3, 2016


True or false: According to a recent D+D article, the three coating types most commonly specified over spray foam roofing are acrylic, silicone and polyurea.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


True or false: A new concrete surface finished with a power trowel would tend to have low porosity.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Ultra high pressure (UHP) waterjetting, using water alone at pressures of 35,000-40,000 psi, is sometimes used for what purpose in coating work?

Monday, February 15, 2016


True or false: Single-ply roofing membranes such as EPDM cannot be restored by application of liquid-applied coating systems.

Monday, February 8, 2016


True or false: SSPC surface preparation standard SSPC-SP 10 requires an end condition of blast-cleaned steel that is approximately twice as clean as the end condition of SSPC-SP 5.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016


True or false: AAMA 2605 is a specification and test method used to evaluate coil coatings on aluminum for impact resistance, chemical and corrosion resistance, adhesion and weatherability.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Which of these abbreviations is least related to the roofing or roof coating industry?

Friday, January 29, 2016


What type of cladding performed best in terms of energy efficiency and moisture intrusion in an Oak Ridge National Laboratory study performed from 2005 to 2008?

Monday, January 25, 2016


True or false: If a school system wanted to require an SSPC-certified contractor to paint a building, it would specify certification according to SSPC-OP 8.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


True or false: Conventional air spraying tends to cause more overspray than airless spraying.

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Which surface defect is normally not associated with coatings?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


The Roof Coating Manufacturers Association merged with what other organization in 2015?

Thursday, January 7, 2016


True or False: Jet fire tests are used to determine the heat-insulating capabilities of intumescent coatings in hydrocarbon fires.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


True or false: The U.S. and China have conducted joint research on cost-effective air barrier systems.

Monday, January 4, 2016


What organization issued a standard in 2012 for measuring the profile of concrete after surface preparation?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Among the generic coating types used for reflective roof coatings, which of the following has the most heat resistance?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015


True or false: The amount of water condensing from an air leak in a wall is much greater than the amount that occurs with water vapor diffusion through the wall.

Thursday, December 10, 2015


What U.S. organization is participating in development of a laboratory in Singapore to test the performance of building materials in tropical environments?

Friday, December 4, 2015


What organization issued a revised voluntary specification in 2015 for liquid-applied flashing?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


True or false: Air leakage through a building envelope cannot be detected with a smoke tracer test.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


What level of gypsum board finish requires a thin skim coat of joint compound (or a material manufactured especially for this purpose) over the entire surface of the board?

Thursday, November 12, 2015


What organization has the mission of providing technical advocacy of engineered rainscreen products that results in improved moisture management in building enclosures?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


What is the typical pressure range for waterjetting when it is used to remove coatings and corrosion from structural steel?

Friday, November 6, 2015


True or false: ICRI developed the Code Requirements for Evaluation, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Concrete Buildings.

Monday, November 2, 2015


What application technique is likely to cause the most overspray?

Monday, October 26, 2015


Windy conditions are most likely to cause which of the following paint defects?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


What is the acronym, used frequently in VOC regulations, for architectural and protective coatings?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


What is the ideal pressure at the nozzle of an air abrasive blast system to achieve maximum productivity in the cleaning of steel?

Monday, September 28, 2015


Among the forces that can contribute to air and water leaks through holes in building envelope materials are mechanical loads from heating and cooling equipment and the stack effect of conditioned air rising or settling. What is a third force?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


According to a recent D+D feature, one advantage of using EIFS materials as prefabricated panels is the lower weight of the cladding.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


True or false: Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory has created what it calls a “cool roof time machine.”

Friday, August 21, 2015


True or false: Preservationists sometimes frown on use of penetrating sealers to protect the masonry substrates of historic structures.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


True or false: The Southwest Research Institute in the U.S. works with Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics in Germany to publish a menu-driven PC program which allows realistic calculation of the transient coupled one-dimensional heat and moisture transport in multi-layer building components exposed to natural weather.

Monday, August 17, 2015


What term is used by the Concrete Polishing Association of America (CPAA) to describe the condition when a diamond tool has refined a concrete surface to the point when it no longer cuts the surface, or cuts very little?

Friday, August 14, 2015


Among the forces that can contribute to water leaks through holes in building envelope materials are mechanical loads from heating and cooling equipment and the stack effect of conditioned air rising or settling. What is a third force?

Thursday, July 30, 2015


What organization publishes an architectural painting specification manual?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


True or false: The Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry (AWCI) has a Wall Coating Validation Program “to provide specifiers and end-users of wall coating products an unbiased method to judge whether wall coating products will perform at the levels of the manufacturer’s published data sheet for that particular product?"

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


True or false: The mission of RCI Inc. is to advance the profession of building envelope consultants.

Thursday, June 25, 2015


True or false: According to a recent D+D article, use of an air barrier was the most significant solution, adopted in the 1990s, to moisture intrusion problems with EIFS cladding.

Thursday, June 18, 2015


What is the name of the substance that produces a cellular structure via a foaming process in a variety of materials that undergo hardening or phase transition?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


In what country is the organization that offers “the world's leading environmental assessment method for buildings and new communities,” which “sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de-facto measure used to describe a building's environmental performance?"

Friday, June 12, 2015


True or false: Materials used for waterproofing under green roofs require a higher standard of performance than materials used for roofing.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


A bush hammer is normally used for what purpose?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Who serves as executive director of two associations that deal with building enclosure technology?

Monday, May 18, 2015


What organization offers the professional registration designated as RBEC?

Friday, April 24, 2015


How is a coin rub test used?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


What is another name for a tensile adhesion test of coatings?

Monday, April 6, 2015


True or false: Open-cell spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is sometimes called “2-pound SPF.”

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


True or false: The most widely used common name for a wet film thickness gauge is “squirrel gauge.”

Thursday, March 19, 2015


True or false: The amount of water condensing from an air leak in a wall is much less than the amount that occurs with water vapor diffusion through the wall.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


What organization has the mission of promoting the growth of the engineered rainscreen products industry to improve moisture management in building enclosures?

Monday, March 2, 2015


What UK organization has an environmental assessment and certification system for buildings?

Monday, February 23, 2015


True or false: White, reflective roof coatings should not be applied to asphalt shingles, according to the Roof Coating Manufacturers Association (RCMA).

Friday, February 20, 2015


Surface profile on blast-cleaned steel, measured as peak-to-valley height of the surface roughness, has several other names, including which of the following?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


What type of resinous material is most often substituted for a cementitious binder in terrazzo flooring?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


True or false: Some portable shot blast machines utilize a centrifugal wheel blasting apparatus.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) recently merged with what organization?

Thursday, February 5, 2015


True or false: Aromatic polyurethanes are designed mainly for indoor applications.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015


What mineral is the dominant one in the mixture of minerals and resin used by many manufacturers to simulate limestone in an EIFS finish?

Thursday, January 29, 2015


What was considered the most significant solution to moisture intrusion problems with EIFS cladding in the 1990s?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


True or false: The quality of workmanship is not seen as a potential weakness of liquid-applied air barriers.

Friday, January 16, 2015


True or false: Minergie certification of building quality was developed in Canada.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


True or false: Oriented strand board 3/8 inch thick is deemed to comply with IECC limits on air permeance of building enclosure materials.

Friday, January 9, 2015


True or false: Barrier EIF systems are equivalent to moisture-managed EIF systems.

Monday, December 15, 2014


True or false: The Concrete Polishing Association of America recently published the standard on measuring concrete micro surface texture.

Friday, November 14, 2014


What organization is holding the event “Delivering Near Zero Energy Buildings Conference” on Friday this week (November 14)?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


What does a blower door test measure?

Monday, November 3, 2014


What organization has studied, and reported on, the energy and moisture effects of EIFS?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


True or false: SSPC has a qualification procedure (QP) to assure the qualifications of installers of liquid-applied air barriers.

Friday, October 24, 2014


What organization sponsors the Green Proving Ground Program to evaluate new technologies for improving building performance?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Total VOC emissions over the life of a building is influenced by what factor?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


True or false: Substrates low in tensile strength, such as EIFS, require low-modulus sealants.

Monday, September 22, 2014


True or false: Closed-cell, spray-applied polyurethane foam can be used as insulation but not as an air barrier.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


True or false: Complex inorganic color pigments (CICP) contribute to vivid and durable colors in coatings but lack the IR reflectivity needed for reflective roof coatings.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Where would you be likely to find titanium zinc?

Friday, August 29, 2014


True or false: One company is set to launch a product that allows you to grow your own building materials.

Friday, August 8, 2014


True or false: SSPC/NACE surface preparation specifications for masonry surfaces explicitly define acceptance criteria.

Friday, August 1, 2014


What company participated in a Department of Energy-sponsored research project to develop an accelerated solar reflectance test for roofing products?

Friday, July 25, 2014


True or false: Acrylic coatings are effective as reflective roof coatings but not as air barriers.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


The BRE in what country conducts testing of a building’s airtightness and air leakage?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


What organization published in 2013 the “Repair Code Requirements for Evaluation, Repair and Rehabilitation of Concrete Buildings and Commentary?”

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


The Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council is a voluntary membership council of what larger organization?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


True or false: Fan pressurization and infrared thermography can be used to test the air leakage of a building envelope.

Thursday, June 19, 2014


Which of the following instruments would most likely be used to assess the condition of a building?

Monday, June 16, 2014


What is the general name for materials designed to resist liquid water that has penetrated the exterior cladding of a building?

Monday, June 2, 2014


True or false: Water-resistive barriers on some buildings must pass NFPA 285, a burn test of a simulated two-story wall.

Thursday, May 29, 2014


How are acrylic polymer-based coatings used in the building envelopes of architectural structures?

Thursday, May 22, 2014


True or false: Steel cleaned by abrasive blasting to a condition of SSPC-SP 5, White Metal Blast Cleaning, can look different from job to job.

Monday, April 28, 2014


According to the Department of Energy, commercial buildings annually consume BTUs equivalent to the burning of how many million tonnes of coal?

Friday, April 11, 2014


True or false: A blower door is used to measure the airtightness of buildings.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Where is the National Building Museum?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


What was the main improvement to the original EIFS design that resolved the problems of moisture in buildings?

Friday, March 14, 2014


True or false: The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) recommends both Green Globes and LEED as green building systems.

Friday, February 28, 2014


Where does the Heat Island Group reside?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


True or false: According to Andre Desjarlais of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, infiltration and exfiltration account for 20 to 30 percent of the cooling and heating loads in commercial and residential buildings.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


True or false: Spray polyurethane foam was used on both the exterior walls and roof of the Superdome as part of its restoration process after Hurricane Katrina.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


What does the Barclays Center in Brooklyn have in common with the U.S. Steel Building in Pittsburgh?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013


How many specifications does the American Architectural Manufacturers’ Association provide for finishing aluminum extrusions and panels with organic coatings?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Which of these abbreviations is least related to the roofing or roof coating industry?

Friday, November 1, 2013


An old-fashioned EIFS system without the incorporation of a drainage plane is now called by what name?

Thursday, October 31, 2013


True or False: The PosiTest Air Leak Tester is a laboratory device for determining if mock-ups have air leaks.

Monday, October 28, 2013


Twelve air barrier suppliers, Syracuse University, the Air Barrier Association of America and what other organization jointly worked on research to determine the energy performance of air barrier materials?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


What organization developed a standard practice for building enclosure commissioning?

Friday, September 20, 2013


What is the average yearly heat and power bill for the Alaskan home deemed the “World’s Tightest Residential Building” by the World Record Academy?

Friday, September 13, 2013


In what organization is the Heat Island Group?

Friday, August 30, 2013


Two dozen members of what roof coating industry association lobbied Congress in July to promote their interests?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


What is another name for Portland cement plaster?

Thursday, August 1, 2013


What ASTM Committee deals with air barriers?

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


True or False? Metal panels used as curtain-wall cladding are often coil-coated in the factory.

Friday, June 28, 2013


What organization recently acquired the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo from the U.S. Green Building Council?

Friday, May 31, 2013


According to ASTM D6083, what should be the minimum dry film thickness for elastomeric acrylic cool roof coatings?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


A 15-month study of wall assemblies for insulation and moisture resistance conducted in Charleston, SC, by the U.S. Department of Energy found which type to perform the best?

Friday, May 24, 2013


True or False: The General Services Administration (GSA) recently decided to endorse Green Globes: The Green Building Initiative as the green building standard for federal buildings.

Monday, May 13, 2013


True or False: America’s building sector accounts for a larger percentage of U.S. energy consumption than the transportation and industry sectors.

Thursday, May 9, 2013


True or False: Air leakage into a building can generate much more moisture than moisture vapor transmission can.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013


True or false: In the International Building Code, air and vapor barriers are not required to pass NFPA 285 fire test of wall assemblies containing combustible materials.

Monday, April 29, 2013


True or false: The World Green Building Council has a network of national green building council members.

Thursday, April 18, 2013


What organization conducted a study to determine, in part, if aluminum test panels were suitable substrate types for field evaluations of reflective roof coatings?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


What organization will hold the 2013 Symposium on Building Envelope Technology in Minneapolis, MN?

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Which of the following does NOT have a significant effect on the solar reflectance level or reflective roof coatings over time, according to a study by the Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI)?

Monday, March 25, 2013


What was the location of the recent field testing on air barrier performance conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Air Barrier Association of America?

Thursday, March 14, 2013


What organization formed an alliance with the American Institute of Architects in 2012 to create a centralized location for knowledge and research efforts on high-performance buildings?

Monday, March 4, 2013


Both mechanical loads from heating and cooling equipment and the stack effect of conditioned air rising or settling can contribute to air and water leaks through holes in building envelope materials. What’s another contributor?

Monday, February 25, 2013


True or false: A barrier EIFS system creates a means of water drainage between the wall cladding and the insulation board.

Friday, February 22, 2013


True or false: The Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute (SWRI) has a Wall Coating Validation Program “to provide specifiers and end-users of wall coating products an unbiased method to judge whether wall coating products will perform at the levels of the manufacturer’s published data sheet for that particular product.”

Thursday, February 21, 2013


True or false: The 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) does not require the use of air barriers.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


True or false: A three-year study by Oak Ridge National Laboratory found that EIFS performed better in resisting moisture and acting as a thermal barrier than other wall assemblies, such as stucco, brick, concrete block, and cement board.

Friday, January 25, 2013


Where is the three-year study, “Assessment of the Impact of Air Barriers on Energy and Moisture Control,” being conducted?

Thursday, January 3, 2013


What organization is collaborating with ASTM on development of a building enclosure commissioning process?

Friday, November 16, 2012


True or false: According to a study conducted at Stanford University, reflective roof coatings may increase rather than decrease global warming.

Thursday, November 15, 2012


True or false: A recent study by the Reflective Roof Coating Institute found that aluminum is not appropriate as a test substrate for field-exposure testing to rate the cool roof properties of coatings.

Thursday, November 1, 2012


According to the Department of Energy, the building envelope has an impact on what percent of a building’s energy consumption?

Friday, October 26, 2012


True or false: Water vapor pressure on a building is normally much higher than air pressure on a building.

Friday, October 19, 2012


True or false: Water vapor pressure is usually far higher than air pressure on a structure.

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Which group is currently conducting a multiphase program to quantify the benefits of air-barrier technology?

Thursday, September 13, 2012


True or false: Studies by Texas A&M University on about 8 million square feet of campus building roofs show an energy savings payback in three to four years for SPF roofing systems.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012


True or false: Reflective roof coatings do not have to be white to be effective.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Which person below conducts building envelope research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory?

Friday, August 24, 2012


What organization produces the main standard that provides minimum requirements for energy efficient designs for buildings except for low-rise residential buildings?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


The Oak Ridge National Laboratory and what other organization are partners in a research study to quantify the energy-efficiency gains achieved with air barriers?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


True or false: ASTM has test methods for measuring the air barrier performance all of the following: materials, assemblies, and whole buildings.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012


True or false: Unlike other roofing systems, spray polyurethane foam (SPF) can be applied in inclement weather, including high and low temperatures, very high humidity, and in high winds.

Thursday, July 26, 2012


True or false: Solar reflectance and thermal emittance are two terms for the same performance property of a reflective roof coating.

Thursday, July 19, 2012


True or false: The anhydrous calcium chloride test for measuring moisture in concrete slabs is a qualitative rather than a quantitative test.

Monday, July 9, 2012


True or false: Film-forming coating systems on exterior masonry or concrete walls should not have any moisture vapor permeability.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


True or false: Even in dark colors, IR-pigmented coatings on metal roofs can meet Energy Star requirements for solar reflectance.

Monday, June 11, 2012


What cladding material performed best for moisture resistance and insulation in a three-year Department of Energy study concluding in 2006?

Friday, June 8, 2012


True or false: There are standard tests to determine performance of air barrier materials.

Friday, May 11, 2012


True or false: An air/vapor barrier should be part of the building-envelope assembly in warm climates but not cold climates.

Monday, April 30, 2012


What organization is partnering with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory on developing “the roof of the future,” including cool roof coatings?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


What organization has developed a test method to determine air leakage of air barrier assemblies?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


True or false: Some roofing shingles have granules that are pre-coated to mitigate solar-generated heating of roofs.

Thursday, April 5, 2012


What organization trains and certifies air barrier contractors?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


How is the performance of a “cool roof” measured by the Cool Roof Rating Council?

Thursday, March 22, 2012


The Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) is a unit of what larger organization?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


True or false: Studies by a major university in Texas on 8 million square feet of campus building roofs show that spray polyurethane foam roofing can achieve energy savings payback in 3-4 years.

Friday, March 9, 2012


True or false: The amount of water condensing from an air leak in a wall is much greater than the amount that occurs with water vapor diffusion through the wall.

Monday, March 5, 2012


According to Vince Cammalleri of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, in an interview with D+D, liquid-applied air barriers have what positive attribute?

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Which one of the following coating types is the least commonly used as an air barrier?

Thursday, February 23, 2012


What organization focuses on advancing the interests of building envelope consultants?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


What recent development in construction makes UV resistance of interior floor coatings desirable?

Friday, February 10, 2012


What does the “AP” stand for in the phrase “LEED AP?”

Thursday, February 9, 2012


True or false: The density of concrete prevents water vapor and gases from moving freely within the matrix.

Monday, January 30, 2012


What organization recently conducted a study on the air barrier performance of conventional coatings applied at conventional film thicknesses?

Thursday, January 26, 2012


True or false: Buildings of all kinds, residential, commercial, and industrial, consume about 20% of the energy used in the United States.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


What does EIFS stand for?

Thursday, January 12, 2012


True or false: The most accurate meters for detecting moisture within a concrete substrate are based on readings of temperature and humidity.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Which of the following is not likely to be considered functional as a coating or construction chemical for building enclosures?

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Which of the following is not considered an advantage of liquid-applied air barriers?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Building enclosures are designed to resist and control the flow of what elements?

Thursday, November 3, 2011


The 2012 International Energy Conservation Code for the first time gives air barrier performance requirements for what building constituents?

Monday, October 24, 2011


A 15-month study of wall assemblies for insulation and moisture resistance conducted in Charleston, S.C. by the U.S. Department of Energy found which type to perform the best?

Thursday, October 20, 2011


True or false: Closed-cell, spray-applied polyurethane foam can be used as insulation but not as an air barrier.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


True or false: ASHRAE 90.1 (2010) includes provisions for continuous air barriers.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


True or false: The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) lists and describes the products of 9 companies in its specification on Fluid-applied Air and Vapor Barriers.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Which of the following material types is used to improve the energy efficiency of buildings?

Thursday, August 11, 2011


True or false: Single-ply roofing membranes such as EPDM cannot be restored by application of liquid-applied coating systems.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


True or false: Negative-side waterproofing applied to dry interior surfaces must possess no water-vapor permeability.

Thursday, June 30, 2011


True or false: EIFS outperformed cement board, stucco, brick, and concrete block for moisture resistance and insulation in a three-year Department of Energy study concluding in 2006.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


What organization issued “Technical Bulletin # 16: Air Barriers” in April this year?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Among the forces that can contribute to water leaks through holes in building envelope materials are mechanical loads from heating and cooling equipment and the stack effect of conditioned air rising or settling. What is a third force?

Monday, May 23, 2011


Air barriers provide what benefit to buildings?

Thursday, May 5, 2011


True or False: ASHRAE's Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings (90.1-2010) requires use of an air barrier in the building envelope, with a few exceptions.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


True or false: Liquid-applied air barrier systems often require the limited use of peel and stick materials.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


True or false: Textured acrylic finishes are often used on EIFS cladding materials.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


True or false: Substrates low in tensile strength, such as EIFS, require low-modulus sealants.

Friday, March 4, 2011


What is the function of a building envelope?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


True or false: Water-vapor pressure is normally lower than air pressure on a structure.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


True or false: Metal panels used as curtain-wall cladding are often coil-coated in the factory.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


True or false: Both relative humidity and temperature differentials from one side to the other can drive moisture vapor through a block wall.

Monday, February 14, 2011


True or false: An air barrier, in addition to improving the energy efficiency of a building, minimizes moisture transport through the building envelope.

Friday, February 4, 2011


True or false: American Architectural Manufacturers' Association (AAMA) specification 2605 for organic coatings over aluminum extrusions and panels on curtainwalls requires 10 years of outdoor exposure to confirm color and gloss retention.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Which of the following binder types would normally not be specified as a liquid-applied air barrier?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


A liquid-applied air barrier has what main advantage over a sheet-applied material?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


What organization has developed a test method to determine air leakage of air barrier assemblies?

Monday, January 3, 2011


True or false: Textured Acrylic Finishes (TAFS) are applied as a topcoat for an EIFS cladding system.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


   
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