It was with an equal amount of concern that administrators reacted when they learned that the air handling system in the new building wasn’t performing up to code.
Like many newly constructed buildings, the ventilation system at the Veterans House was equipped with an Energy Recovery Ventilation unit (ERV) designed to help ventilate the structure and conserve energy. The ductwork for both the intake and exhaust of the air handling system are connected to the ERV, drawing fresh air into the 28 guest rooms and common areas and removing stale air from the bathrooms and shared kitchen.
Strict government standards require that the leakage rate of the building’s air handling system measures 10 percent or less. Unfortunately, performance tests taken soon after construction was completed showed leakage rates that exceeded 45% in some areas.
“I was familiar with various types of sealants used for other construction applications and thought there just might be an alternative that could save the day for us in this case,” said David Petty, project contractor, RL Turner Corp. “So I did some Internet research and learned about Aeroseal.”
The Reupert team worked over the three-day Memorial Day weekend and the building was open for veterans and their families the following day.
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