5 HOT RESNET 2018 Sessions on New Construction Air Sealing You Can’t Miss


RESNET 2018 in Orlando, FL is taking over the building industry this week, and we are excited for the breakthrough AeroBarrier technology to be a part of it (booth #510)!

Not only is the event taking over the builder industry, building envelope air leakage and sealing is taking a front seat in the session line-up. We’ve compiled five hot RESNET 2018 sessions that have significant implications for the housing market, air leakage and sealing, innovative technologies, and more.

Be sure to block out your event agendas for these 5 can’t miss breakouts:

  1. Hidden in Plain Sight: Understanding Air Leakage and Innovative Technologies

Monday, February 26, 2018 – 10:30 AM-12:00 PM, Narcissus/Orange

Presenter: Laverne Dalgleish

The effect of air leakage in buildings is misunderstood.  Energy savings are not modeled correctly and are not the main reason to have an air barrier in a building.  Building operations in various climates need to be understood and the performance of the material needs to meet the building needs.  This presentation identifies some of the issues that need to be considered as you evaluate the performance of a building and the performance of the air and water control layers. Learn more

  1. Disruptive Strategies for the Evolving Housing Market

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 – 8:30 AM-10:00 AM, Grand Salon I

Presenter: CR Herro

High energy performance homes are increasingly are economically viable and net zero energy homes are no longer a pipe dream.  The housing industry has not taken advantage of these opportunities as is economically justified.  Why?  Attend this session for an insider peak into the culture of large national production builder corporations and learn what are the barriers and what are the strategies to tackle these barriers. Learn more

  1. Automated house sealing – aerosol envelope sealing of new homes

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 8:30 AM-10:00 AM, Camelia/Dogwood

Presenter: Dave Bohac

This session will discuss the overall objectives and interim results of a Building America project focused on integrating a new technology for automating the building sealing process in new homes. The process involves briefly pressurizing the building while applying an aerosol sealant “fog” to the building interior. As air escapes the building through leaks in the envelope, the sealant particles are carried to the leaks where they impact and sticks to seal the leaks. A standard blower door is used to facilitate the sealing process, and provide real-time feedback and a permanent record of the sealing. The technology is thus capable of simultaneously measuring, locating, and sealing leaks in a building remotely.

Demonstrations of the technology have been very successful, as it typically seals 80% of the sealable leakage within two hours of injection. The Building America project will provide significant research needed to successfully integrate aerosol envelope sealing into the home building process. The project team is working directly with builders to identify the best stages for incorporating aerosol sealing from the perspectives of cost, performance, and seamless integration into the construction process. The cost of the aerosol sealing and resulting house tightness are compared to similar group of houses using conventional sealing methods. In addition to producing tighter houses, conventional sealing methods are evaluated to determine whether they can be eliminated or reduced to further improve cost effectiveness. This talk will present the results of the initial sealing demonstrations for builders in California and Minnesota. Learn more

  1. The DOE Energy Code Field Study: Assessing Energy Impacts and Air-leakage in Multifamily Buildings

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 3:30 PM-5:00 PM, Grand Salon VIII

Presenters: Dave Bohac  Benjamin Hannas  Jeremy Williams

Envelope air leakage tests have been developed to help reduce energy use and improve IAQ for multifamily units.There is a lack of consensus on the best methods for targeting lower energy use, however This session will review the various test methods, what they measure, and how the results provide information related to energy use and IAQ concerns. Results will be presented from various studies that show the relationship between exterior and total unit leakage. Presenters will also provide an overview of the current DOE energy code field study for multifamily buildings, which will include extensive leakage measurements across various building configurations, as well as describe the test plan and preliminary results. Learn more

  1. New Construction & Healthy Homes: Observations & Measurements & for Raters

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 3:30 PM-5:00 PM, Grand Salon I

Presenters: Joe Medosch  Bill Spohn

New construction & healthy homes: Observations & Measurements & for Raters Formal studies and anecdotal experiences have homeowners thinking more and more about achieving a healthy indoor environment. Many factors play into this including: siting, choice, installation and maintenance of materials, systems and furnishings, and the activities of the occupants. Come to this session to learn about some of the observations & measurements a Rater can make to help homeowners achieve a healthy home. Learn more

For more information about RESNET 2018 and it’s lineup of sessions, visit event website: conference.resnet.us.

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