Tracer Gas Measurement Systems Compared in a Multifamily Building

Tracer Gas Measurement Systems Compared in a Multifamily Building

TitleTracer Gas Measurement Systems Compared in a Multifamily Building
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1990
AuthorsDavid T Harrje, Russell N Dietz, Max H Sherman, David L Bohac, Ted W D'Ottavio, Darryl J Dickerhoff
EditorMax H Sherman
Book TitleAir Change Rate and Air Tightness in Buildings
VolumeASTM STP 1067
Pagination5-20
PublisherASTM International
CityWest Conshohocken, PA
Keywordsairflow, infiltration, measurement systems, multiple zones, tracer gases
Abstract

The more complex building poses additional challenges to air infiltration measurement, especially in the case of multiple zones and rooms. Today's technology has provided us with a number of measurement choices which include the constant concentration single-tracer gas system, multitracer gas systems using the mass spectrometer, and perfluorocarbon multitracer systems both passive and active. This paper compares simultaneous field measurements in a Princeton-area multifamily building using each of these tracer gas-based air infiltration systems. Personnel from Princeton University, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and Brookhaven National Laboratory were involved in the air infiltration measurement studies. Air infiltration rates in the various zones in each building are compared as well as the ease of implementation of the various approaches in these comprehensive measurements. Sources of errors using the various techniques are discussed.

DOI10.1520/STP17201S
Refereed DesignationRefereed