New Building Envelope Sealing Technology Previewed at First Annual Aeroseal Success Summit

Posted by Brad Brenner on October 01, 2015
New Building Envelope Sealing Technology Previewed at First Annual Aeroseal Success Summit

A new building envelope sealing technology designed to effectively seal the outer shell of homes and buildings was unveiled today at the first annual Aeroseal Success Summit. The new technology is the first automated system used to effectively find and seal air leaks in building structures, constituting a breakthrough in sustainable building practices.

The technology’s unveiling was just one of several key announcements made at the Aeroseal Success Summit, a three-day event attended by more than 200 Aeroseal dealers and Comfort Institute members from around the U.S. and Canada. The new envelope sealing technology was introduced by Dr. Mark Modera, professor at the University of California Davis, and director of the university’s Western Cooling Efficiency Center, where the technology was developed. “We’ve taken a lot of the lessons we learned when developing aeroseal duct sealing technology and adapted them for practical application in sealing the entire building envelope,” said Modera. “The result is a technology that can potentially revolutionize the way we approach energy-efficient building."

The patented technology uses a compressed nitrogen system to push sealant through multiple nozzles. Sprayed into a pressurized structure, the sealant is drawn to any cracks or leaks in the building envelope, including those around walls, doors and windows. The particles of sealant bond around the holes and then to each other until the leaks are completely sealed. According to Modera, it takes about 1 hour to seal a 1,200 square foot home.

“Currently, envelope sealing is a laborious and imprecise manual process, typically including caulking and weather stripping,” said Modera. “This new approach has the potential to seal faster, cheaper and much more effectively than any manual process. It finds the leaks for you and provides a computer-generated verification of the sealing effectiveness.”

According to Modera, the new technology could be available for commercial use later next year.

New Duct Sealing System

Also showcased at the Success Summit was a new duct sealing system from Aeroseal called Mobile PRO. Combining the flexibility of Aeroseal’s new wireless duct sealing system with a pre-assembled equipment trailer, Mobile PRO allows for fast and simple set-up of each duct sealing job.

“Previously, our dealers had to carry each individual component of the Aeroseal duct sealing equipment into the home and assemble it piece-by-piece as part of the normal setup routine,” said Bryan Barnes, senior director of business development at Aeroseal. “Now, they can arrive at the job ready to attach the pre-assembled equipment in the trailer directly to the home’s ductwork. The operation can be operated and managed with a wireless tablet.

According to Aeroseal, the new Mobile PRO system can increase productivity by 30% or more—saving time and increasing profitability.

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Brad Brenner is the press contact for Aeroseal LLC. He is the principal of Brenner Associates Marketing Communications. 

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