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Webinar Covers ‘Chasing Air’

Monday, May 23, 2016

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An infrared thermographer with 13 years of experience will dive into a discussion of air barrier science in the next free webinar hosted by Durability + Design.

The webinar, “Chasing Air: Creating Opportunities for the Application of Air Barrier Science in Commercial Buildings,” will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday (May 25).

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The presentation will examine the reasons why energy efficiency service providers are failing to meet the needs of commercial building owners and operators.

"Chasing air" is techno-slang for the occupant driven process of diagnosing deficiencies in the air barrier of an existing building.

Participants are eligible for AIA LU credit.

A Market in Need

There is a critical need for a holistic approach to quantify and solve the problems of deficient air barriers in existing commercial buildings, according to the presentation details.

As a natural consequence of the evolution of air barrier knowledge in new construction, energy efficiency service providers have simultaneously created an enormous secondary market for specialized building diagnostic processes in existing commercial buildings.

This market for diagnostic processes is driven by the understanding of the effects of air barrier performance on sustainability, costs of operation and occupant health and comfort.

The presentation will examine the reasons why energy efficiency service providers are failing to meet the needs of commercial building owners and operators.

It will also examine the diagnostic processes necessary for detecting and solving air barrier related problems in existing commercial buildings based on a standard of success as defined, not by engineers and scientists, but by the "customers" of building science—building owners, operators and occupants.

Learning Objectives

This webinar will:

  • Quantify the need for applied air barrier science in the country’s existing commercial building infrastructure;
  • Identify the underlying business and scientific models needed to effectively apply practical air barrier science to the country’s existing commercial building infrastructure;
  • Demonstrate the holistic concept of building diagnostics and how it applies to the “customers” of air barrier science; and
  • Provide a case study of successful building diagnostics which clearly identifies the three critical areas of a successful building diagnostics project: identifying and connecting with client needs, providing the most effective processes for diagnostic field work, and communicating with clients on a professional basis.

About the Presenter

The webinar will be presented by Monroe Fritz, of TSI Energy Solutions. Fritz is a certified infrared thermographer and has been an Energy Star building professional for 13 years.

His professional credentials include such diverse groups as the American Air Barrier Association, RESNET, the Infraspection Institute and the Building Analyst Professional program from the Building Performance Institute.

Fritz has conducted energy audits, blower door testing and building diagnostics in more than 7,000 homes, churches, institutions and commercial facilities. His projects have included everything from new Habitat for Humanity homes to training facilities for the Army’s SOF, (Special Operations Forces). He is the author of “Chasing Sacred Air,” a handbook for energy efficiency in churches.

To view upcoming and archived Durability + Design webinars click here.



Tagged categories: Air barriers; Air leakage; Building envelope; Education; Webinars

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