Dynamic Joint Testing
Stucco Wall Testing
Multi-Family Housing Design
Below Grade to Wall Connection
Roof to Wall Connection
Air Barrier Continuity
Critical Building Envelope Transitions
Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing has long put performance to the test with testing protocols that surpass industry standards. ASTM E2357 (Standard Test Method for Determining Air Leakage of Air Barrier Assemblies) to include Proglaze ETA Engineered Transition Assembly and the critical transition from the wall assembly to the window assembly to measure air leakage results from joining the assemblies together as well as the air leakage that passes through the assembly alone. This generates critical data that will enable the design team to make sound decisions and ensure long-term sustainability.
Designed in collaboration with the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) and with input from the building science community, this cutting-edge, technically advanced and fully automated laboratory will allow measurement of air leakage contributing to energy loss and sustainability of the built environment. Air barrier system components and integration techniques will be exposed to varying levels of differential air pressures, simulating wind loads, as well as water spray to determine their resistance to various environmental exposures.
The integrity of the building enclosure – its compatibility and continuity throughout – is critical to:
Air movement into a building through a wall assembly at gaps in transitions and terminations or penetrations in the building envelope also carries moisture vapor, which can lead to deterioration of structural components and the opportunity for mold and mildew. It is estimated that as much as 90% of all water intrusion problems may occur within the 1% of the total building exterior surface that contains the terminations and transition detailing
Testing of these connection points between air/vapor building protection systems is a key focus of the Sustainable Building Solutions Test Facility as well as other building and design challenges facing the sustainability and performance of our built environment.