Building Envelope Commissioning – Air Barrier Testing – Building Performance Testing

TMI® provides Testing, Measurement and Inspection services related to the building enclosure.
Our certified and qualified team supports federal, municipal and private sector construction projects.
Work is performed in the United States and Internationally.

Air Barrier Testing

Need an air barrier inspection? TMI® has a team of air barrier inspectors who are also licensed by the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) across the nation providing services to our clients around the clock.
To learn more about TMI® and Air Barrier Association of America
Quality Assurance Air Barrier Testing – Inspections

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Building Enclosure Testing

Our attention to detail sets TMI® above the rest when it comes to our building enclosure consulting services. We closely examine project drawings and documents to help contractors and building owners avoid costly mistakes during the course of construction.
Design Reviews Air Barrier Continuity – Pre-Construction Coordination – Air Barrier Consulting – WUFI

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Building Enclosure Airtightness Testing

TMI® has experience testing complex federal and commercial buildings to United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Air Leakage Test Protocol, International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) C402.5 and American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standards (ASTM E779). TMI® Building Enclosure Specialists serve on the ABAA committee involved in writing the upcoming ASTM standard for Building Enclosure Airtightness Compliance testing.
Whole Building Airtightness Testing

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Infrared Thermography

You can never have too much information when it comes to your building. Our building envelope diagnostic testing services provide the valuable feedback contractors and building owners need to ensure an effective building enclosure.
Thermal Imaging/Air & Moisture – Smoke Generation Techniques

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Field Mock-up/ Assembly Testing

TMI® has provided its field performance testing services on a variety of construction projects ranging from high-rise retro-fits to newly-constructed Armed Forces facilities. Our team of technicians has the knowledge and expertise to conduct field testing on all types of buildings.
Qualitative & Quantitative Testing -Air Infiltration Testing –Water Penetration Testing – Adhesion/Cohesion Testing

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Why do I need a Building Envelope Air Leakage Test?

Did we get what we paid for?
Does the building meet its design criteria for a continuous air barrier?
Did the installer/general contractor deliver the continuous air barrier required by the specifications and/or codes?

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Featured Projects

University of Maryland – Interdisciplinary Life Science Building – Maryland
Scope: Building Envelope Commissioning
The air tightness target was .40cfm per square foot of building envelope surface area at 75 pascals of pressure as measured in accordance with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Air Leakage Test Protocol. The project resulted in a .138cfm/sqft at 75 Pa., which is approximately one-third the rate allowed by the job specifications and approximately one-half the rate allowed by the stringent U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Air Leakage Test Protocol. TMI® provided inspections and testing during the installation of the AB material, in-situ testing at critical stages of construction and final whole building air tightness testing.

Worcester County Library – Berlin Branch – Maryland
Scope: Building Envelope Commissioning
Worcester County wanted the most energy efficient building possible. The air tightness target was .15cfm per square foot of building envelope surface area at 75 pascals of pressure as measured in accordance with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Air Leakage Test Protocol. The General Contractor contacted TMI® early on and submitted our credentials to the County for review. After careful consideration the County selected TMI®.

TMI® provided a detailed review of the design for air barrier (AB) continuity, inspections and testing during the installation of the AB material, and in-situ testing at critical stages of construction. TMI® reviewed the architectural drawings and identified a number of construction details where loss of air barrier continuity occurred. TMI® marked up the plan details to cost-effectively correct the continuity loss before the start of construction. TMI® conducted in-situ assembly testing at wall to roof connections, wall to fenestration connections, and wall to slab connections.

Early on, wall to slab testing revealed critical connections recommended in the TMI® Air Barrier Design Review were missed during the construction. TMI® recommended alternate, cost effective measures to correct the loss of continuity. Follow-up testing confirmed the corrections were effective. Fenestration testing for air and water tightness revealed defects in the passive house grade windows purchased for the job. Guiding the GC, TMI® disassembled the window frames and observed the manufacturer had missing sealants within the windows assembly. Again, follow-up testing confirmed the repairs had been effective. the final whole building air tightness test result was .065cfm/sq.ft.- a very tight building! Final testing included American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards: ASTM E779, E1186, C1060, ISO 6781.

Why TMI®?

TMI® is expert in the Air Barrier System and Whole Building Performance Testing.

TMI® provides the highest level of quality assurance for all services we perform. TMI® provides guidance, direction and field support.  TMI® Identifies deficiencies in the building enclosure pertaining to water, vapor, thermal and air barriers. TMI® identifies deficiencies and we value engineer cost effective solutions that work in the field. TMI® provides solutions. TMI® works together at every stage of the project in conjunction with our clients, to assure that attention to construction details, specifications and sequencing are not overlooked, and test results are successful.

TMI® Air Barrier Testing Services

Adhesion/Cohesion Testing
Air Infiltration Testing
Air Barrier Testing
Air Barrier Inspections
Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) Field Audits
Air Leakage Testing
Assembly Testing
Blower Door Test
Building Envelope Commissioning
Building Performance Testing
Design Reviews – Air Barrier Continuity
Diagnostic Testing
Infrared Thermography
Measuring the Air Leakage Rate of Large and Multi-zone Buildings
Mock-upTesting
Smoke Testing
Water Penetration Testing

Building Enclosure Commissioning Standards

ASTM E779
ASTM E783
ASTM E1105
ASTM E1186
ASTM E1827
ASTM E2813 – Fundamental and Enhanced
ASTM E3158
ASTM C1060
ASTM C1153
ASTM C1401
ASTM D4541
ISO: 6781
AAMA 501.2
Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA)
International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
National Institute of Building Science – NIBS Guideline 3-2012
Unified Facilities Guide Specifications
USACE Air Leakage Test Protocol for Building Envelopes

TMI® Office Locations

U.S. and International

Pennsylvania – Corporate/International
709 Easton Road, Suite 2A
Willow Grove, PA 19090
P: 215-355-6141
Fax: 215-659-1264

Maryland
10411 Motor City Drive, Suite 750
Bethesda, MD 20817
P: 240-630-4093

Nevada
5940 South Rainbow Boulevard, PMB 360
Las Vegas, NV 89118
P: 702-530-2946

Virginia
4445 Corporation Lane, Suite 291
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
P: 757-389-8167