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New Mexico ASHRAE will advance the arts and sciences of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration and related human factors to serve the evolving needs of the public and ASHRAE within New Mexico.

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March Lunch Meeting

Measuring Air-Tightness of  Non-Residential Buildings

WhenMarch 17, 2015, 11:30 – 1:00pm
Cost: $25 Members, $30 for Guests
Where:  Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen (Chicken and Vegetarian Options are available) 5011 Pan American West Fwy NE, Albuquerque, NM
RSVP to Joseph Higham by Monday March 16th at or online on the right side menu.


Speaker: Brad Turk, Environmental Building Sciences

Uncontrolled air leakage in buildings can lead to energy waste, occupant discomfort, poor control of air pollution sources, and possible moisture and mold problems. Air tightness testing, using calibrated blower doors, has long been used in single and multi-family residential structures to identify and quantify this leakage. The technology has evolved and been adapted over the years for testing in larger buildings. The US Army Corps of Engineers and federal GSA are now beginning to require this testing of the air barrier and air leakage as part of the commissioning process, for verification of compliance with their maximum air leakage requirements. Information will be presented on the testing process, equipment and instrumentation used, application and interpretation of results, and the recent ASHRAE research project, 1478-RP “Measuring Air-Tightness of Mid- and High-Rise Non-Residential Buildings.”

About the Speaker:

Bradley Turk is a building scientist and president of Environmental Building Sciences, Inc. in Las Vegas, New Mexico, with over 35 years of experience in indoor environmental quality and energy management. He has performed investigations in “problem” buildings, conducted basic research in building air quality and energy efficiency, and developed training materials and programs for building investigations for a variety of governmental, academic, and private clients. Brad has served as a staff scientist at the University of California Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he directed field research on indoor air quality, ventilation and radon in residences, schools, and commercial buildings. He performed some of the founding research in radon measurement, diagnostics and mitigation; and participated in the ASHRAE research project on air tightness testing in mid- and high-rise buildings. Brad is an author, reviewer, and presenter on numerous IEQ topics.




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