Emmy-Winning Home Improvement Show Spotlights New Approach To Building Envelope Sealing That Could Significantly Impact The Way Affordable Energy-Efficient Homes Are Built.
On January 3, 2019, the PBS program This Old House aired an episode featuring the use of a breakthrough envelope sealing technology called AeroBarrier. Viewers saw how AeroBarrier quickly and effectively seals tight the structural envelope of a home during a major renovation project.
“When it comes to indoor comfort, air quality, and energy efficiency, few things, if any, have a greater impact on homes and apartment buildings than a tight building envelope,” said Ken Summers, principal of Comfort Institute, an international home performance research and training organization. “This episode looks at a new approach to envelope sealing that could make high-performance buildings much more affordable and change the very way homes are being built.
Aired on January 3, 2019, This Old House Episode 1708/3808 entitled “Air Tight House” featured the AeroBarrier technology being used to seal the building envelope of a century-old New England cottage. Replacing a myriad of traditional sealing methods with a single-step application, the AeroBarrier technology is used to help builders quickly and cost-effectively meet the ultra-high efficiency requirements needed to qualify the renovated home for net-zero certification.
Developed at the University of California, Davis’ Western Cooling Efficiency Center, AeroBarrier is an innovative building envelope sealing technology that uses an aerosolized sealing process to simultaneously measure and seal building envelope leaks in residential, multi-family, and commercial buildings. A self-guided, computer-controlled sealing system, AeroBarrier replaces the traditional multi-product / multi-process approach to envelope sealing with a single application that provides a more consistent, less expensive way to seal the entire building envelope. Designed for use by builders, AeroBarrier makes it easy and economical to seal the building envelope to any desired level of tightness, including IECC, Energy Star, Net-Zero, LEED or passive house standards. AeroBarrier takes the guesswork out of building envelope sealing and provides guaranteed results. Click Here to learn how the process works.
“AeroBarrier represents a potential sea change in the way homes and buildings are constructed,” said Mark Modera, principal inventor, Sempra Energy chair in energy efficiency, professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Director of the Western Cooling Efficiency Center at the University of California Davis. “With AeroBarrier, envelope sealing – a routine that is typically a long, expensive, labor-intensive process — can now be completed in a matter of hours.”
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