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True or false: If a local building code requires compliance with ASHRAE 90.1, then a complete air barrier system must be part of the building enclosure.


What is the general name for the materials designed to resist liquid water that has penetrated the exterior cladding of a building?


What two ASTM committees will hold a “Symposium on Building Science and the Physics of Building Enclosure Performance” in 2018?


What is the name of a machine used to test the air tightness of a building?


What organization maintains the Reflective Roof Rebates Database?


True or false: ASTM standards come up for review every 15 years.


True or false: In a recent Durability + Design article, John Straube pointed to ABAA and BECs (Building Enclosure Councils) as sources of good training and technical information about air barriers.


True or false: Tests for air leakage through a building envelope as described in ASTM E 1186 provide data on air leakage rates.


Which of the organizations below collaborated with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop an online building airtightness calculator?


True or false: According to a Department of Energy report, air infiltration accounted for greater energy losses than any other component of the building envelope, including fenestration.


True or false: An executive order issued in 2015 mandated a reduction in energy use of 2.5 percent per year for the next 10 years in federal buildings.


What organization offers a one-day course on “Exterior Wall Quality Assurance”?


True or false: The Department of Energy’s 2014 Windows and Building Envelope Research and Development Roadmap for Emerging Technologies states that the cost of an air barrier system for a new building can be recovered in less than five years.


What country is the partner of the United States in the Clean Energy Research Center for Building Energy Efficiency?


What organization offers the training, “Exterior Envelope—Doing It Right”?


With specific values required in several energy codes, reflectance is an important performance property of a cool roof coating. What is another?


Among the options for retrofitting building envelopes, which one was used the least, according to interviews conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory?


What technical association expanded its scope in 2006 to include waterproofing and exterior walls?


What organization will present the 2016 Symposium on Building Envelope Technology?


Both mechanical loads from heating and cooling equipment and the stack effect of conditioned air rising or settling can contribute to air and water leaks through holes in building envelope materials. What’s another contributor?


Among the forces that can contribute to air and water leaks through holes in building envelope materials are mechanical loads from heating and cooling equipment and the stack effect of conditioned air rising or settling. What is a third force?


True or false: The Southwest Research Institute in the U.S. works with Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics in Germany to publish a menu-driven PC program which allows realistic calculation of the transient coupled one-dimensional heat and moisture transport in multi-layer building components exposed to natural weather.


What organization offers the professional registration designated as RBEC?


What organization has the mission of promoting the growth of the engineered rainscreen products industry to improve moisture management in building enclosures?


What does a blower door test measure?


True or false: Acrylic coatings are effective as reflective roof coatings but not as air barriers.


The BRE in what country conducts testing of a building’s airtightness and air leakage?


How are acrylic polymer-based coatings used in the building envelopes of architectural structures?


What organization publishes performance standards for coatings on aluminum extrusions and panels?


An old-fashioned EIFS system without the incorporation of a drainage plane is now called by what name?


Twelve air barrier suppliers, Syracuse University, the Air Barrier Association of America and what other organization jointly worked on research to determine the energy performance of air barrier materials?


What organization developed a standard practice for building enclosure commissioning?


What ASTM technical committee has a subcommittee that deals with air barriers?


What ASTM Committee deals with air barriers?


What organization will hold the 2013 Symposium on Building Envelope Technology in Minneapolis, MN?


Both mechanical loads from heating and cooling equipment and the stack effect of conditioned air rising or settling can contribute to air and water leaks through holes in building envelope materials. What’s another contributor?


Where is the three-year study, “Assessment of the Impact of Air Barriers on Energy and Moisture Control,” being conducted?


According to the Department of Energy, the building envelope has an impact on what percent of a building’s energy consumption?


Which person below conducts building envelope research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory?


True or false: An air/vapor barrier should be part of the building-envelope assembly in warm climates but not cold climates.


The Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC) is a unit of what larger organization?


What organization focuses on advancing the interests of building envelope consultants?


Building enclosures are designed to resist and control the flow of what elements?


Among the forces that can contribute to water leaks through holes in building envelope materials are mechanical loads from heating and cooling equipment and the stack effect of conditioned air rising or settling. What is a third force?


True or False: ASHRAE's Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings (90.1-2010) requires use of an air barrier in the building envelope, with a few exceptions.


What is the function of a building envelope?


True or false: An air barrier, in addition to improving the energy efficiency of a building, minimizes moisture transport through the building envelope.


True or false: Air leakage into a building can generate much more moisture than moisture vapor transmission can.


 
 
   

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