Getting Started with AeroBarrier Air SealingSamantha Bezich
AeroBarrier helps builders and contractors create high-performance homes on a standard budget.
The construction industry continues to build higher quality, more energy-efficient homes with cleaner, healthier air. This is as much driven by customer demand as it is industry requirements. Keeping costs down while meeting, or surpassing, expectations is growing more challenging. Builders face everything from material cost increases due to COVID-19 to a shortage of skilled trade labor. These issues can be turned into opportunity by closely reviewing your build processes to make changes that can deliver a better final product than before – all despite these challenges.
In the recent Webinar “The Future of Air Sealing: Getting Started with AeroBarrier”, Scott Stevens, Managing Director of AeroBarrier Canada, and Jarrod Scott, Director of Equipment Sales of Aeroseal LLC, examined the important factors AeroBarrier’s technology brings to building processes to help create high-performance, energy-efficient buildings with a standard budget.
Air sealing can be a challenging process accompanied by a major impact. In fact, when it comes to quality, build cost, indoor air quality (IAQ), and energy conservation can have the single biggest impact. It is key that the home is treated as a complete system.
As code and requirement constraints continue to increase, bringing a building to 3ACH air tightness or lower may seem challenging to achieve. But there is an air sealing technology that can consistently dial in this level of tightness.
Path to Net-Zero Energy Homes
Using AeroBarrier the path to net-zero becomes simpler and more economically viable. By improving the building envelope, mechanical systems can be resized – reaching higher efficiency standards with smaller HVAC systems. Then renewable energy sources must be added.
“Uncontrolled air leakage accounts for as much as 40% of winter energy use,” says Stevens.
Reduced air leakage can restore a multitude of factors that contribute to the efficiency of homes and buildings. One can experience dramatic saving on home heating and cooling, enjoy a more comfortable home, and can help prevent moisture from entering the wall system. Controlled air leakage also plays a role in diminishing outside noise, defending against insects and pests, and improving indoor air quality.
Sealing the Envelop is Not Easy
There are many variables that go into enveloping a house. Many traditional methods are considered challenging and are long effective long-term solutions in the tightness of a house. Misuse of a products, wasted time and material, guessing the leakage instead of pinpointing the exact level, and poor execution/inconsistency, such as with canned spray foam, are all factors that can deteriorate a building process.
COVID-19 has brought in some challenges across the industry. A top issue has been that the pandemic has created scheduling issues as an effect to social distancing and quarantine. Additionally, the use of unhealthy materials can determinate the well-being of the air quality inside the home.
What is AeroBarrier?
AeroBarrier pressurizes the building envelope before injecting aerosolized sealant into the space. This sealant is drawn to the leaks in the drywall and where the walls meet the floors and ceiling. It eliminates the unreliability of manual air sealing. And system software tests tightness levels before, and after, while tracking progress in real time.
Applying the included four steps:
- Prep & Setup
- Pressurize & Apply
- Seal & Monitor
- Clean Up
For the rest of the conversation, see the webinar recording to see the details for each step.
The AeroBarrier technology consistently reaches any and all leakage at first point of entry. AeroBarrier 1X sealant is a safe, permeable waterborne acrylic, with no VOCs or off-gassing..
Before & After:
The air-sealing technology allows contractors and homebuilders to take control of the process and does not manage you. It helps builders address labor shortages, enhances labor savings, and reaches ALL the leakage and fills the smallest of holes.
The impact of AeroBarrier can be seen at a business level. Contractors gain an added revenue stream from a service that will separate them from the competition.
Watch the full-length webinar below.