Pensacola Christian College

TYPE: Education

University Turns to Aeroseal Duct Sealing to Improve Campus Housing During a Renovation Project; HVAC Performance Improves too.

In the coastal town of Pensacola, Florida, the key to fighting humidity and excessive moisture is ensuring proper building ventilation. Therefore, when administrators at Pensacola Christian College decided to renovate Campus House, the college’s three-story dormitory, they knew they needed to get proper exhaust levels from the 30 risers leading from the buildings’ various bathrooms to the attic. As it turned out, air leaks in the ductwork were making it impossible for the large attic fans to draw sufficient air through the system. After year-long efforts of hand sealing, mastic/tape by itself failed to do the trick. Engineers considered adding auxiliary fans to each bathroom. Unfortunately, exorbitant labor costs, logistics, and concerns over excessive HVAC fan noise eliminated the viability of this approach as well.

Since Aeroseal works from the inside of the ductwork to seal leaks, issues related to manually locating and accessing the leaks were reduced. A test project involving one of the risers also eliminated any concern that the aerosol-based duct sealant would interfere with HVAC equipment (e.g. fire dampers or other internal structures).

Project Overview
Building Campus House; Pensacola Christian College
Location Pensacola, Florida
Aeroseal Contractors Blackwell Heating & AC
Contract Engineer Premier Engineering Group LLC
Goal Improve ventilation for college campus housing renovation
Before Aeroseal 1,252 total CFM of leakage
After Aeroseal 183 total CFM of leakage
Results Sealed ductwork to 85% leakage reduction; Improved ventilation for HVAC system

After test and balancing (TAB) revealed how leaky the existing ductwork was, the college tried to manually seal the leaks found throughout 30 or so risers. Particular attention was paid to the gaps in and around the fire dampers and access doors. Unfortunately, the manual sealing didn’t really make much of an improvement. As an alternative approach, we tried Aeroseal and it quickly sealed even the most inaccessible leaks. The result was an overall leakage reduction of about 85%.

Chuck Brown
Premier Engineering Group, LLC

Over a period of several days, Aeroseal technicians were able to seal all 30 risers and reduce leakage by 90% or more. Where manual sealing failed, Aeroseal performed quickly and effectively. Accessing the existing shafts was accomplished without the need to demolish any of the building’s existing walls or other structures.

Since its initial use, Aeroseal technology has been recommended for additional campus renovation projects.

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