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Title: Field Trial of an Aerosol-Based Enclosure Sealing Technology

This report presents the results from several demonstrations of a new method for sealing building envelope air leaks using an aerosol sealing process developed by the Western Cooling Efficiency Center at UC Davis. The process involves pressurizing a building while applying an aerosol sealant to the interior. As air escapes through leaks in the building envelope, the aerosol particles are transported to the leaks where they collect and form a seal that blocks the leak. Standard blower door technology is used to facilitate the building pressurization, which allows the installer to track the sealing progress during the installation and automatically verify the final building tightness. Each aerosol envelope sealing installation was performed after drywall was installed and taped, and the process did not appear to interrupt the construction schedule or interfere with other trades working in the homes. The labor needed to physically seal bulk air leaks in typical construction will not be replaced by this technology.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States)
  2. Alliance for Residential Building Innovation (ARBI), Davis, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1221613
Report Number(s):
DOE/GO--102015-4728
7195
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Alliance for Residential Building Innovation (ARBI), Davis, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B) (Building America)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
residential; Residential Buildings; ARBI; Building America; HVAC; UC Davis; enclosure sealing rate; aerosol sealing; ZERH