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Title: Field Testing of Compartmentalization Methods for Multifamily Construction

The 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) has an airtightness requirement of 3 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals test pressure (3 ACH50) for single-family and multifamily construction (in climate zones 3–8). The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certification program and ASHRAE Standard 189 have comparable compartmentalization requirements. ASHRAE Standard 62.2 will soon be responsible for all multifamily ventilation requirements (low rise and high rise); it has an exceptionally stringent compartmentalization requirement. These code and program requirements are driving the need for easier and more effective methods of compartmentalization in multifamily buildings.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1]
  1. Building Science Corporation, Westford, MA (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1215053
Report Number(s):
NREL/SR--5500-63226; DOE/GO--102015-4559
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308; KNDH-0-40337-05
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Related Information: Work performed by Building Science Corporation (BSC), Somerville, Massachusetts
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION RESIDENTIAL; RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS; BSC; BUILDING AMERICA; BUILDING SCIENCE CORPORATION; MULTIFAMILY; COMPARTMENTALIZATION; BLOWER DOOR; BLOWER DOOR TESTING; AIR LEAKAGE; GUARDED TESTING; GUARDED LEAKAGE; DEMISING WALL; AREA SEPARATION WALL; FIRE-RESISTANCE RATED ASSEMBLY; FIRE-RESISTANCE RATED WALL; UL U347; FIRE WALL; RATED ASSEMBLY; RATED ASSEMBLIES