Airtightness in Commercial and Public Buildings

It addresses the increasing awareness of the importance of airtightness in commercial and public buildings and supports the requirements on airtightness specified in the Building Regulations.

Airtightness in Commercial and Public Buildings

This report is an outline guide to design, setting out the principles of providing an effective airtightness layer and advises on some common pitfalls which can reduce the performance of this layer. It addresses the increasing awareness of the importance of airtightness in commercial and public buildings and supports the requirements on airtightness specified in the Building Regulations. It covers: the causes of air infiltration and the benefits which result from increasing the airtightness of a building; how to design and specify for airtightness; site practice for airtight construction and testing a building to ensure that it meets the required standard.

Airtightness in Commercial and Public Buildings

The only guide that provides comprehensive practical guidance on airtightness and detailing for commercial and public buildings and other non-domestic buildings.

Airtightness in Commercial and Public Buildings

The only guide that provides comprehensive practical guidance on airtightness and detailing for commercial and public buildings and other non-domestic buildings. Provides generic examples of frequently occurring air leakage paths and practical guidance on methods and materials suitable for sealing common construction detailing. The guidance also covers managing the airtightness process from design through construction and airtightness compliance testing to handover.

Building Services Journal

Existing buildings For sale or rent For public display EPBD certificate Optional
Asset rating Asset rating EPBD certificate ... Building Control , but taking account
of the as - built building , eg the plant actually installed , measured airtightness
and commissioning data for specific fan power . ... of the US's EnergyPlus ; for
complex ones it is proposed that accredited commercial simulation packages be
used .

Building Services Journal


Facilities Manager s Desk Reference

Organisations must also improve air tightness of buildings and new buildings
require the fitting of energy meters to comply with future mandatory metering. ...
buildings. For large public service buildings, the certificate has to be on public
view, normally in the lobby or reception area. ... EPCs were also required for the
construction, sale or rent of commercial buildings with a floor area over 10000 m2
.

Facilities Manager s Desk Reference

In the course of their work, the facilities manager will face arange of complex and often challenging tasks, sometimes concernedwith a single business premises, often across an entire propertyportfolio. To help with those tasks, the Facilities Manager'sDesk Reference provides the facilities manager with aninvaluable source of highly relevant, practical information on theall the principal facilities management services, as well asinformation on legal compliance issues, the development ofstrategic policies and tactical best practice information. With a clear practitioner perspective the book covers both hardand soft facilities management issues and is presented in an easyto read, concise format. The Facilities Manager's DeskReference will be a first point of reference for all busyfacilities managers and will save them time by providing access tothe information needed to ensure the safe, effective and efficientrunning of any facilities function. It will also serve as a usefuloverview for students studying for their professional and academicqualifications in facilities management.

Development of Thermal Envelope Design Guidelines for Federal Office Buildings

The GSA Facilities Standards for the Public Buildings Service ( 1990 ) contains
limited information on the thermal envelope . ... It also specifies airtightness limits
on exterior glazing systems based on component pressurization testing . ... In
1989 two commercial building energy standards were published , ASHRAE
Standard ...

Development of Thermal Envelope Design Guidelines for Federal Office Buildings

Office building envelopes are generally successful in meeting a range of structural, aesthetic and thermal requirements. However, poor thermal envelope performance will occur when there are discontinuities in the envelope insulation and air barrier systems, such as thermal bridges and air leakage sites. These discontinuities result from designs that do not adequately account for heat, air and moisture transmission, with many thermal defects being associated with inappropriate or inadequate detailing of the connections of envelope components. Despite the existence of these thermal envelope performance problems, information is available to design and construct envelopes that do perform well. In order to close the gap between available knowledge and current practice, the Public Buildings Service of the General Services Administration has entered into an interagency agreement with the Center for Building Technology of the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop thermal envelope design guidelines for federal office buildings. The goal of this project is to transfer the knowledge on thermal envelope design and performance from the building research, design and construction communities into a form that will be used by building design professionals. This report describes the NIST/GSA envelope design guidelines development at the end of the first year of effort on the project. The effort to this point has consisted of a literature review of research results and technical information on thermal envelope performance and design, an assessment of existing design guidelines as they relate to the thermal envelope, and the development of a format and outline for the design guidelines.

Asbestos in Public and Commercial Buildings

in cleaning and maintaining buildings , including work in confined and irregularly
shaped areas such as spaces above suspended ceilings . ( For example , there
is no practical way to erect an airtight enclosure in a ceiling plenum with spray ...

Asbestos in Public and Commercial Buildings


Journal of the Senate

( 4 ) When there is a desire of the owner occupant of a commercial or public
building remove , encapsulate , or enclose asbestos ... of persons who contain or
remove asbestos materials from commercial and public buildings in the State of
Illinois . ... Enclosure " means the construction of airtight walls and ceilings
between the asbestos containing material and the building environment , around
surfaces ...

Journal of the Senate


Monthly Catalogue United States Public Documents

Envelope design guidelines for federal office buildings microform : thermal
integrity and airtightness / Persily , Andrew K. ( C ... Performance standards for
new commercial and multi - family high rise residential buildings ( microform ) ( E
1.89 ...

Monthly Catalogue  United States Public Documents


A Handbook of Sustainable Building Design and Engineering

... a good balance of airtightness and ventilation, energy efficient lighting, and
high-efficiency heating systems such as heat pumps (Feist et al, 2001).
Commercial and public buildings, such as offices, hospitals, educational
buildings, shopping ...

A Handbook of Sustainable Building Design and Engineering

The combined challenges of health, comfort, climate change and energy security cross the boundaries of traditional building disciplines. This authoritative collection, focusing mostly on energy and ventilation, provides the current and next generation of building engineering professionals with what they need to work closely with many disciplines to meet these challenges. A Handbook of Sustainable Building Engineering covers: how to design, engineer and monitor a building in a manner that minimises the emissions of greenhouse gases; how to adapt the environment, fabric and services of existing and new buildings to climate change; how to improve the environment in and around buildings to provide better health, comfort, security and productivity; and provides crucial expertise on monitoring the performance of buildings once they are occupied. The authors explain the principles behind built environment engineering, and offer practical guidance through international case studies.

Emergency Operations Plan

SHELTERING A. This option implies that people in the potentially affected area
shelter themselves in a building that can be made temporarily somewhat airtight .
The structure may be one's home , a commercial building , or public building .

Emergency Operations Plan


Building Technology

The development of the so - called ' smart skins ' for building envelopes attempts
to control automatically these effects by using materials such as electrochromic ...
To produce the required air changes , many commercial and public buildings use
some form of mechanical ventilation , or air conditioning . Building envelopes are
now constructed as virtually airtight skins with no manual ventilation facilities .

Building Technology

Developed for trainee and practising building professionals, this volume develops the crucial concept of a satisfactory building, in terms of its performance both as a whole and as a series of interrelated elements.

Fourth Canadian Building Congress

... also against improved air tightness in commercial buildings because of
percieved reduction in natural ventilation and air ... now aided by what become
the Architectural and Building Sciences Directorate of Peter Mill in Public Works
Canada ...

Fourth Canadian Building Congress


Illinois Register

Section 15 of the Commercial and Public Building Asbestos Abatement Act and
Section 3 of the Asbestos Abatement Act ... 0.3 " Enclosure " means the
construction of airtight , impervious , permanent walls and ceilings between the
asbestos ...

Illinois Register


Government Reports Announcements Index

The Monthly Report of the Building Thermal Envelope Systems and Materials (
BTESM) Program is a monthly update of ... Detmold promotional program for low-
energy houses which has been presented to the public at the end of April 1 990
at ... of various aspects of envelope thermal performance including airtightness,
thermal resistance, and insulation system ... of Standards and Technology (NIST)
has announced Plumbing Accreditation as an addition to the Commercial
Products ...

Government Reports Announcements   Index


Effect of Building Airtightness and Fan Size on the Performance of Mechanical Ventilation Systems in New U S Houses

... National Standards Institute ( ANSI ) , and therefore by building codes and the
public ( Addington 2001 , Janssen 1994 ... It recognized 82 types of commercial
and 5 types of residential space , but eliminated industrial spaces , which were ...

Effect of Building Airtightness and Fan Size on the Performance of Mechanical Ventilation Systems in New U S  Houses


Journal of the House of Representatives

Asbestos inspector " means an individual who performs inspections of
commercial and public buildings for the ... the construction of airtight walls and
ceilings between the asbestos containing material and the building environment ,
or around ...

Journal of the House of Representatives


Energy Research Abstracts

Via a modem connected to the public telephone network the ventilation company
can be logged in to the monitoring system . ... A key requisite of the legislation
requires DOE to develop commercial building energy standards that are cost
effective . ... Indoor air quality and durability of air tightness and ventilation
function in buildings were studied in 44 single - family houses built by the same
contractor ...

Energy Research Abstracts