Air barrier tests are important because they can identify air leaks in the building envelope, which can lead to energy loss and indoor air quality issues. By identifying and sealing these leaks, the energy efficiency of the building can be improved, and the indoor air quality can be enhanced.
The responsibility for conducting air barrier tests on a building envelope typically falls on the building envelope consultant or the building owner. The building envelope consultant typically designs and specifies the air barrier system and is responsible for ensuring that it is installed correctly and performs as intended. The building owner is responsible for ensuring that the building envelope is constructed in accordance with the design specifications and that it meets the relevant building codes and standards. In some cases, a third-party testing agency may be hired to conduct the air barrier tests.
The experts at Carlisle Coatings & Waterproofing has provided a list of testing and diagnostic evaluations that consultants and testing agencies often perform. A description of each is provided, along with the purpose and precautions. Though this list is not exhaustive, it incorporates the most common testing. Download the list here.