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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.


True or false: Silyl-terminated polyether technology is now used to create sprayable air barriers.


About how many air barrier contractors have been accredited by the Air Barrier Association of America?


What is the difference between vapor barriers and an air barriers in terms of their resistance requirements?


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: 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.


In the Masterspec section on fluid-applied air barriers, which category of coating meets the most rigorous air-barrier performance requirements of the International Code Council?


What organization is developing a standard tentatively titled “Laboratory Performance Requirements for Coatings for Concrete Masonry Units in Air Barrier Assemblies”?


True or false: The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) trains and certifies air barrier contractors, installers and architects.


What organization is developing the “Guide for Fluid Applied Air Barrier Coatings for Concrete Masonry Units”?


Which one of the following coating types is the least commonly used as an air barrier?


The presentation, “Adding Air Barrier and Thermal Improvements to Existing Facilities,” was given yesterday, March 14, 2016 at what event?


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?


True or false: The National Air Barrier Association (NABA) is headquartered in Massachusetts.


True or false: The amount of water condensing from an air leak in a wall is much greater than the amount that occurs with water vapor diffusion through the wall.


True or false: The U.S. and China have conducted joint research on cost-effective air barrier systems.


What organization has the mission of being the voice for air barrier knowledge?


True or false: The amount of water condensing from an air leak in a wall is much less than the amount that occurs with water vapor diffusion through the wall.


True or false: The quality of workmanship is not seen as a potential weakness of liquid-applied air barriers.


True or false: SSPC has a qualification procedure (QP) to assure the qualifications of installers of liquid-applied air barriers.


True or false: Acrylics are used in reflective roof coatings, air barriers, and adhesives and sealants.


True or false: The amount of water condensing from an air leak in a wall is much greater than the amount that occurs with water vapor diffusion through the wall.


True or false: Self-adhered membrane air barriers can sometimes be applied in temperatures colder than are acceptable for liquid-applied air barriers.


True or false: Several Continuous Insulation (CI) materials are also recognized as approved air barrier materials by the IECC.


True or false: Concrete masonry walls coated with a block filler followed by 2 coats of a paint or sealer coating are among pre-approved air barrier assemblies deemed to comply with a maximum air leakage rate of 0.04 cfm/sq. ft. in the 2102 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).


True or false: Air barrier installers are certified by the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council (BETEC).


What organization publishes a Whole Building Design Guide, in which “Air Barrier Systems in Buildings” is found?


True or false: According to Andre Desjarlais of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, infiltration and exfiltration account for 20 to 30 percent of the cooling and heating loads in commercial and residential buildings.


True or False: The PosiTest Air Leak Tester is a laboratory device for determining if mock-ups have air leaks.


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 is developing a guide for testing the suitability of thin-film coatings as air barriers?


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


True or False? Air and vapor barriers on the exterior walls of a building of Type I, II, III or IV construction, 40 feet or higher, are exempted from having to undergo the NFPA 285 burn test that the wall assemblies have to undergo in the 2012 version of the International Building Code.


What ASTM Committee deals with air barriers?


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


True or false: In the International Building Code, air and vapor barriers are not required to pass NFPA 285 fire test of wall assemblies containing combustible materials.


What was the location of the recent field testing on air barrier performance conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Air Barrier Association of America?


What organization has teamed up with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in a large research study to quantify the performance and cost-effectiveness of air barriers?


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


Which group is currently conducting a multiphase program to quantify the benefits of air-barrier technology?


The Oak Ridge National Laboratory and what other organization are partners in a research study to quantify the energy-efficiency gains achieved with air barriers?


True or false: ASTM has test methods for measuring the air barrier performance all of the following: materials, assemblies, and whole buildings.


True or false: There are standard tests to determine performance of air barrier materials.


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


What organization has developed a test method to determine air leakage of air barrier assemblies?


What organization trains and certifies air barrier contractors?


According to Vince Cammalleri of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, in an interview with D+D, liquid-applied air barriers have what positive attribute?


Which one of the following coating types is the least commonly used as an air barrier?


What organization recently conducted a study on the air barrier performance of conventional coatings applied at conventional film thicknesses?


Which of the following is not considered an advantage of liquid-applied air barriers?


The 2012 International Energy Conservation Code for the first time gives air barrier performance requirements for what building constituents?


True or false: The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) lists and describes the products of 9 companies in its specification on Fluid-applied Air and Vapor Barriers.


What organization issued “Technical Bulletin # 16: Air Barriers” in April this year?


Air barriers provide what benefit to buildings?


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.


True or false: Liquid-applied air barrier systems often require the limited use of peel and stick materials.


True or false: Water-vapor pressure is normally lower than air pressure on a structure.


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


Which of the following binder types would normally not be specified as a liquid-applied air barrier?


A liquid-applied air barrier has what main advantage over a sheet-applied material?


What organization has developed a test method to determine air leakage of air barrier assemblies?


What is the difference between resistance requirements of a vapor barrier and an air barrier?


True or false: EIFS (exterior insulating and finishing system) often includes an air barrier, an insulation layer, a reinforced polymer cement basecoat, and a textured finish coat


Liquid-applied air barriers are generally superior to self-adhering membranes in what way?


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


 
 
   

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