flexiblefullpage - default
Currently Reading

Getting Some Air: Blower Door FAQ

billboard - default
Energy Efficiency

Getting Some Air: Blower Door FAQ

January 21, 2019
Skateboarder catching some air
Photo: Unsplash/Ruben Gutierrez

Training consultant Sam Myers answers six of the most frequently asked questions he encounters at blower door test seminars.

The chief question Myers addresses is, "Why do we have to do this?" Myers says that explaining the value of the test, beyond having to test to be in compliance with code, may help the average builder have greater clarity, as well as appreciation for what such testing can offer them. Rather than asking, "why do I have to test," the true question is, “why should I care about air tightness?"

Myers, writing for The Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA), says that proper air sealing improves a home's quality by reducing the size and run time of the HVAC system, maintaining even temperature throughout the home, making ventilation and filtration use possible to ensure good indoor air quality and optimal indoor humidity, and keeping moist air from wall cavities and reducing the potential for rot and mold. The test becomes a verification by the builder for the client and code authorities, and for Myers, warms builders to the idea of a holistic, building science-based approach to construction.
Blower doors have been around since the 1980s, but for a long time were used mostly by niche builders. However, with more and more codes and high-performance home programs requiring air leakage testing, this tool has entered the mainstream. That change has fueled a demand for training. As a training consultant for a blower door manufacturer, I train and certify builders and other industry pros on the equipment and test methods. 

Read more

leaderboard2 - default

Related Stories

High-Performance Homes

Georgia Gets Its First Passive House

With just one other PHIUS-certified house in the southeastern US, Georgia is the second state to build to the green, zero-carbon standard

Energy Efficiency

The Impact of Policy on Residential Electrification

Study shows significant variation in states’ use of electricity

Energy Efficiency

New Heat Pump Takes a Sleek Approach to Home Climate Solutions

Startup Quilt is putting a fresh face on heat pumps to save homeowners money on their energy bills

boombox1 -
native1 - default
halfpage2 -

More in Category

Home builders can maximize efficiencies gained through simplification and standardization by automating both on-site and back-office operations 

Delaware-based Schell Brothers, our 2023 Builder of the Year, brings a refreshing approach to delivering homes and measuring success with an overriding mission of happiness

NAHB Chairman's Message: In a challenging business environment for home builders, and with higher housing costs for families, the National Association of Home Builders is working to help home builders better meet the nation's housing needs

native2 - default
halfpage1 -

Create an account

By creating an account, you agree to Pro Builder's terms of service and privacy policy.

Daily Feed Newsletter

Get Pro Builder in your inbox

Each day, Pro Builder's editors assemble the latest breaking industry news, hottest trends, and most relevant research, delivered to your inbox.

Save the stories you care about

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet lorem ipsum dolor sit amet.

The bookmark icon allows you to save any story to your account to read it later
Tap it once to save, and tap it again to unsave

It looks like you’re using an ad-blocker!

Pro Builder is an advertisting supported site and we noticed you have ad-blocking enabled in your browser. There are two ways you can keep reading:

Disable your ad-blocker
Disable now
Subscribe to Pro Builder
Already a member? Sign in
Become a Member

Subscribe to Pro Builder for unlimited access

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.