Blower-door techniques for measuring interzonal leakage

Blower-door techniques for measuring interzonal leakage

TitleBlower-door techniques for measuring interzonal leakage
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsErin L Hult, Max H Sherman, Iain S Walker
Conference NameThermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings XII International Conference
Series TitleBuildings XII Proceedings
Date Published12/2013
PublisherASHRAE
Conference LocationClearwater Beach, Florida
Abstract

The standard blower door test methods, such as ASTM E779, describe how to use a single blower door to determine the total leakage of a single-zone structure such as a detached single-family home. There are no standard test methods for measuring interzonal leakage in a two-zone or multi-zone building envelope such as might be encountered in with an attached garage or in a multifamily building. Some practitioners have been using techniques that involve making multiple measurements with a single blower door as well as combined measurements using multiple blower doors. Even for just two zones there are dozens of combinations of one-door and two-door test protocols that could conceivably be used to determine the interzonal air tightness. We examined many of these two-zone configurations using both simulation and measured data to estimate the accuracy and precision of each technique for realistic measurement scenarios. We also considered the impact of taking measurements at a single pressure versus over multiple pressures. We compared the various techniques and evaluated them for specific uses. Some techniques work better in one leakage regime; some are more sensitive to wind and other noise; some are more suited to determining only a subset of the leakage values. This paper makes recommendations on which techniques to use or not use for various cases and provides data that could be used to develop future test methods.

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LBNL-6885