Air sealing of area separation wall assemblies is an identified barrier that limits the ability of builders to cost-effectively achieve higher energy efficiency and quality levels in multi-family housing. Area separation wall assemblies that are tested and certified by UL have not been designed or tested for air tightness, and air leakage through these assemblies can be a barrier to achieving air leakage limits mandated by the International Residential Code (IRC) and International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The 2012/2015 IECC mandates 3 ACH50 in climate zones 3-8 measured air leakage requirements for all units within multifamily buildings.
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The Air Barrier is an integral part of the building envelope and, according to the IECC and WSEC is an element that must be tested for proper installation and performance. Identifying and understanding how elements and assemblies that make up the building envelope interact; the critical part that the air barrier plays in the building envelope, along with understanding the testing process and responsibilities of the various parties involved in the design, construction, and testing, will help deliver a quality building for the Owner and make commissioning of the envelope system much easier for the “whole building” commissioning authority
DOE tracks the adoption of energy codes across the U.S. for commercial and residential buildings.
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PHIUS+ Certification is available to multifamily housing developments of any permitting type or size throughout North America. The PHIUS+ Certification standard is a performance-based, low energy building certification standard that emphasizes robust envelope construction, effective airtightness to promote resilient building assemblies, and high-performance HVAC design and commissioning to ensure occupant comfort and health.
The RESNET Multifamily Guidelines can be applied to all multifamily residential buildings regardless of the number of stories or heating, cooling, ventilation and domestic hot water configurations (i.e. distributed and central). Multifamily residential buildings, as defined below, include all residential buildings and mixed-use buildings with residential spaces except for detached single family buildings. This definition does not supersede the definitions established by local code, building certification programs, utility sponsors, or mortgage lenders. It simply establishes the basis for application of these guidelines. These guidelines are intended to supplement the current Standard and are not to be used as a standalone document.
The WELL Building Standard is revolutionizing the way people think about buildings. It explores how design, operations and behaviors within the places where we live, work, learn and play can be optimized to advance human health and well-being.
Covering seven core concepts of health and hundreds of features, WELL is a flexible building standard and represents the future of modern design.
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