PHRC Webinars

Blower Doors for Builders

9/25/2018 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Instructor: Sarah Klinetob Lowe (PHRC)


Link to Webinar:


Beyond visual inspection, Section R402.4.1.2 of the 2015 IECC now requires testing and verification of the building’s air leakage rate to meet the mandatory 5 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals (5 ACH50) or less in Pennsylvania. To meet this requirement, builders must have a third party approved by their local code jurisdiction complete a blower door test and submit the air leakage results to the code official. This webinar will provide an overview of the general logistics of completing a blower door test for typical residential construction projects to assist builders in scheduling and planning for this mandatory requirement.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the general process and setup of a blower door test to ensure proper building ventilation and indoor air quality.
  2. Describe how to prepare a construction site before and while a blower door test is being performed for overall site safety.
  3. Analyze appropriate times in the construction schedule for scheduling and completing a blower door test.
  4. Identify resources and next steps if a home does not meet the required 5 ACH50 to ensure building energy efficiency.


Free to attend; $20 for continuing education credit in live webinar

Credit Hours

Live Webinar: 1.0 L&I Contact Hour, 1.0 PDH, 1.0 AIA LU|HSW, 1.0 ICC Contact Hour (0.1 CEU), 1.0 NARI hour/CEU

Tags: Energy Efficiency, Energy Codes, and Green Building



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