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These air change rates account for a significant portion of the space-conditioning load and affect occupant comfort, asm air quality, and building durability. These test methods produce results that characterize the airtightness of the building envelope.

These results can be used to compare the relative airtightness d1827 similar buildings, determine airtightness improvements from retrofit measures applied to an existing building, and predict air leakage. Use of this standard in conjunction Practices E permits aatm identification of leakage sources and rates of leakage from different components of the same building envelope.

These test methods evolved from Test Method E to apply to orifice blower doors. Therefore, airtightness measurements using these test methods cannot be interpreted as direct measurements of natural infiltration or air change rates that would occur under natural conditions.


However, airtightness measurements can be used to provide air leakage parameters for models of natural infiltration. Such models can estimate average annual ventilation rates and the associated energy costs.

Air Barrier Testing (ASTM E and ASTM E)

Test Method E measure natural air exchange rates using tracer gas dilution techniques. For nonorifice blower doors or for buildings too large to use blower doors, use Test Method E The two-point method uses more complex data analysis techniques and requires more accurate measurements Tables X1. It can be used to estimate e11827 building leakage characteristics at building pressure differences as low as 4 Pa 0.

A variety of reference pressures for building awtm leaks has been used or suggested for characterizing building airtightness. These pressures include 4 Pa 0. This standard permits both depressurization and pressurization measurements to compensate for asymmetric flow in the two directions.

Depressurization is appropriate for testing the building envelope tightness to include the tightness of such items as backdraft dampers that inhibit infiltration but open during a pressurization test. Combining the results of depressurization and pressurization measurements can minimize wind and stack-pressure effects on calculating airtightness but may overestimate air leakage due to backdraft dampers that open only under pressurization.

Pressure gradients over the envelope caused by inside-outside temperature differences and wind cause bias in the measurement by changing the building pressure differences over the test envelope from what would occur in the absence of these factors.


Wind asgm causes pressure fluctuations that affect measurement precision and cause the data to be autocorrelated. Both techniques use an orifice blower door to induce pressure differences across the building envelope and to measure those pressure differences and the resulting airflows.

Air Barrier Testing (ASTM E1827 and ASTM E779)

The measurements of pressure differences and airflows qstm used to determine airtightness and other leakage characteristics of the envelope. To measure air change rate directly, use Test Method E These notes and footnotes, excluding those in tables and figures, e187 not be considered as requirements of the standard.

It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For specific hazard statements see Section 7.

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