Decoding the Test Standards Used by the Air Barrier Industry

Track 4: Testing, Analysis & Quality Assurance

Thursday, April 20, 15:00 – 16:00

There are many performance and safety tests that have become an integral part of the air barrier industry. Many of these requirements are contained within the International Codes. Often times, officials, architects, engineers, and manufacturers are not clear on which test Standards addresses specific concerns. When it comes to Codes and Test Standards, there’s almost an “inside language” when these standards are being discussed.

This presentation seeks to decode the language of test Standards and will examine the various standards as referenced within the I-Codes to determine performance and safety compliance of exterior walls and facades. We will discuss which standards are appropriate for which products and where these standards are used. Much of the presentation will focus on standards that impact the performance of the building envelope exterior, such as structural, water, and fire performance. Specific attention will be made to address the standards that relate to air barriers and the performance requirements such as water resistance, and air leakage performance testing.

Many of these standards, such as ASTM E2357 “Standard Test Method for Determining Air Leakage of Air Barrier Assemblies”, are used to achieve recognition under the ABAA Evaluated Products. In addition, this presentation will clarify relevant fire tests often required by Codes, such as NFPA 285 and UL723 (ASTM E84). As new construction continues to drive the development of new insulation products, air and water barrier materials and aesthetically pleasing finishes for the outside of a building, it is imperative to fully understand what tests are the right tests.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify at least 3 different building envelope standards as specified within the ICodes
  2. Participants will better understand these standards, and how they relate to the various exterior building envelope products
  3. Participants will gain a better understanding of the differences between standards that are material tests compared to those that test assemblies
  4. Participants will gain knowledge about fire tests such as NFPA 285 and UL723 (ASTM E84)
Level of content:
Design Professionals
Testing, Analysis and Quality Assurance Program

Dave Stammen

Principal Engineer – Building Envelope
UL LLC, Northbrook, IL

Dave Stammen is the Principal Engineer for the Building Envelope Performance Group at UL LLC. He is a graduate of Wright State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration. He has over 20 years of experience designing, testing, and researching exterior Building Envelope products, specific within the Fenestration Industry. Dave is also active with the development of building codes and test standards within the building envelope community, and is a member of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, National Fenestration Rating Council, and American Society of Testing and Materials. Dave’s primary focus for UL covers the technical matters for building envelope performance testing for products such as fenestration (windows and doors), tornado and hurricane shelter components, curtain walls, air barriers, and other exterior Building Envelope products and materials.

Dwayne Sloan

Manager of Principal Engineers – Building Materials & Suppression
UL LLC, Northbrook, IL

Dwayne Sloan is the Manager of Principal Engineers for Building Materials and Suppression at UL LLC. He is an Active NFPA member and serves on several NFPA technical committees, including the Fire Test Committee responsible for NFPA 285. He is the voting member of Reaction to Fire and Commercial Kitchen Ventilation UL Standards. He also participates heavily in various ASTM committees and is the 2nd Vice President of ASTM E05, Committee on Fire Standards. Dwayne is the author of several articles and presentations, and has been recognized by UL as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. Dwayne has a Mechanical Engineering degree from North Carolina State University.