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Mixed-Use: 12 Senses Retreat

Mixed-Use: 12 Senses Retreat

PROJECT TYPE

Residential remodel/addition for Bed & Breakfast conversion

LOCATION

Encinitas, California

RESULT

77% air leakage reduction in 80 minutes

The “12 Senses Retreat” in Encinitas (San Diego County), California is a remodel & 1,220 sq.ft. addition project to convert a 2-bedroom, single story residence into a Bed & Breakfast.  4-guestrooms were added to the residence, with two of those rooms on the new second story.   The garage roof has been converted into a roof deck where an outdoor kitchen is to be built and a new jacuzzi will be placed. This AeroBarrier install was performed at a stage after drywall had been installed, just before painting was to begin.  In 80-minutes of spraying the AeroBarrier sealant, we were able to bring the home down from an already good 3.2 ACH50 to and excellent 0.74 ACH50.  This installation was crucial in helping the owner achieve her goal of having a highly energy efficient operation, as well as having optimal comfort for her guests.  Each room has been equipped with continuous ventilation to provide healthy indoor air quality.

STUDY: CAULK/FOAM AT DRYWALL VS. AEROBARRIER:

A component of this installation was to first do as thorough a job as possible to seal every leakage point that was visually identified.  Narrow leakage points were sealed with caulk, such as between drywall and electrical boxes, lighting cans, etc.  Other wider leakage points, such as between drywall and bathroom fan boxes, were sealed with a foam gun.

The manual sealing work resulted in a low 3.2 ACH50 test-in leakage result.  However, when we put the structure under low positive pressure with theatrical smokers in operation inside, we could see plenty of smoke coming out of many points on the exterior of the structure.  This smoking effort revealed that there was still a lot of leakage that our manual work had not been able to seal up.  We left the smoke inside the structure while running the AeroBarrier process, and within a short time there was no more smoke that we could see coming out anywhere on the exterior.  This exercise proves that AeroBarrier does a superior job of sealing up a structure at drywall stage of construction as opposed to the utilization of caulk and foam.

Of note, we discovered that the high-quality aluminum windows installed had leakage points where there should not be any. We could see evidence (built up AeroBarrier sealant) of leakage occurring between the glass and aluminum frames at “fixed” windows, as well as at other points of the frames where there should be no air leakage. we will be providing this evidence to the manufacturer to help them understand that there are flaws in their manufacturing – there should be no air infiltration such as we found in their fixed windows.

Note regarding the graph on certificate to the right:  The spike at around minute-40 is an aberration, it has no relevance.

Leakage points on windows
The AeroBarrier team - JP, Jeff, and Rich
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