Buffalo Infrared performs Large Building Envelope testing nationwide for General Contractors, Architects, Engineers, and Building Owners. We utilize various industry standards and testing protocols.
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Standard Test Method for Field Measurement of Air Leakage Through Installed Exterior Windows and Doors
This test method is a standard procedure for determining the air leakage characteristics of installed exterior windows and doors under specified static air pressure differences.
ASTM E 779
Standard Test Method for Determining Air Leakage Rate by Fan PressurizationSignificance and Use
This test method measures air-leakage rates through a building envelope under controlled pressurization and de-pressurization.
ASTM C 1060
Standard Practice for Thermographic Inspection of Insulation Installations in Envelope Cavities of Frame Buildings
This practice is a guide to the proper use of infrared imaging systems for conducting qualitative thermal inspections of building walls, ceilings, roofs, and floors, framed in wood or metal, that may contain insulation in the spaces between framing members. This procedure allows the detection of cavities where insulation may be inadequate or missing and allows identification of areas with apparently adequate insulation.
Standard Practices for Air Leakage Site Detection in Building Envelopes and Air Barrier Systems
These practices cover standardized techniques for locating air leakage sites in building envelopes and air barrier systems.
Standard Test Methods for Determining Airtightness of Buildings Using an Orifice Blower Door
These test methods describe two techniques for measuring air leakage rates through a building envelope in buildings that may be configured to a single zone. 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. The measurements of pressure differences and airflows are used to determine airtightness and other leakage characteristics of the envelope.
ASTM E 2178
Standard Test Method for Air Permeance of Building Materials
The purpose of this test is to measure the air permeance of flexible sheet or rigid panel-type materials.
Thermal insulation — Qualitative detection of thermal irregularities in building envelopes — Infrared method
This test method specifies a qualitative method, by thermographic examination (infrared method), for detecting thermal irregularities in building envelopes. The method is used to identify wide variations in the thermal properties, including air tightness, of the components constituting the external envelopes of buildings. Does not apply to the determination of the degree of thermal insulation and air tightness of a structure.
US Army Corps of Engineers
Air Leakage Test Protocol for Building Envelopes
This document is intended to provide a higher level of detail than the directive to ensure that tests are conducted, and the results are reported uniformly and consistent with the directive.
Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA)
Buffalo Infrared air barrier inspectors are ABAA licensed and certified to perform inspections and field tests. Our inspectors are able to perform adhesion testing, infrared thermography and blower door testing while on site. All Buffalo Infrared air barrier inspectors hold licensing and certification from ABAA, Infraspection Institute and BPI.
Buffalo Infrared serves as a third party quality assurance auditor for ABAA.