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Title: Technology Solutions Case Study: Field Testing of Compartmentalization Methods for Multifamily Construction

Fire-resistance rated (or area separation) wall assemblies present a great difficulty in air sealing/compartmentalization, particularly in townhouse construction. To address this challenge, Building Science Corporation partnered with builder K. Hovnanian Homes to determine whether taping exterior sheathing details improves air sealing in townhouse and multifamily construction, and to better understand air leakage pathways.
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Building Science Corporation
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B) (Building America)
Country of Publication:
United States
Residential; residential buildings; BSC; Building America; Building Science Corporation; multifamily; compartmentalization; blower door, blower door testing; air leakage; guarded testing; guarded leakage; nulling; demising wall; area separation wall; fire-resistance rated assembly; fire-resistance rated wall; UL U347; fire wall; rated assembly; rated assemblies