MBMA Releases Best Practices Guide For Air Leakage Testing
Cleveland, OH - The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) has released a new guidebook, "Metal Building Systems - Best Practices to Comply with
Whole-Building Air Leakage Testing Requirements".
This free publication, authored by Robert A. Zabcik, PE, LEED AP, of Z-Tech Consulting and created in partnership with the Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA) and the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), is
available for download on the MBMA website at https://www.mbma.com/Energy_Efficiency.html. It identifies practices for metal building manufacturers
and contractors to improve the ability of having metal buildings pass whole-building air leakage testing requirements.
“Whole-building air leakage testing is specified in the latest energy code updates,” said Tony Bouquot, MBMA general manager. “As more and more states and municipalities adopt these codes and testing requirements, this new guide will
help manufacturers, builders and owners to meet these demands by following some basic steps.”
The best practices specified are drawn from air leakage testing performed in the field, which has shown that certain parts of the building need special attention. These are:
• Dissimilar material interfaces, such as wall bases, doors and windows.
• Intersections/changes in air barrier configuration, including wall-to-roof interfaces, wall corners, etc.
• Penetrations, including canopy framing members, mechanical (HVAC), electrical, plumbing, etc.
The guide goes on to describe these concerns and lays out practical steps to take, both prior to and during metal building construction. In addition to many detailed drawings and images throughout, it has appendices that include a project checklist, overhead
door specifics, and applicable codes, test methods and material requirements.
“MBMA, in partnership with DASMA and NAIMA, has tested a number of metal buildings over the past several years,” noted Vincent Sagan, PE, MBMA senior staff engineer. “We’ve been able to identify problem areas, find out what works
best and what steps can be taken to pass the tests. Now builders and owners can benefit from our work, saving time and money in the process, with this new publication.”
In addition to this latest guide, MBMA’s website (MBMA.com) has an array of other useful information about metal buildings and the metal building industry. There are many
free resources available for download, and also additional manuals and publications for purchase at MBMAmanual.com. Additionally, MBMAeducation.org has a wealth of information for architects and designers.
About The Metal Building Manufacturers Association
Founded in 1956, MBMA serves manufacturers and suppliers as it works to promote the metal building systems industry. Its membership supplies high-quality buildings for
use in commercial, retail, office, industrial, institutional and other end-uses. The association provides a wealth of information on its website for anyone who works with or is interested in metal building systems. It includes technical materials
and design guides. For more information, visit www.mbma.com.