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Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA)

The Center of Excellence for the Air Barrier Industry

ABAA Committee and Task Group Updates

ABAA has some exciting news regarding our committees and task groups.

The ABAA Whole Building Air Tightness Testing Committee is 2/3 of the way through writing a new ASTM standard on conducting large building air tightness testing.  We expect the standard to be released on our website in mid-2013.  The committee is looking for partners to conduct some air leakage testing on a building that they have the ability to test over a wide range of ambient conditions.

The ABAA Penetration Sealability Task Group is in the process of developing a standard test method to test the air leakage of penetrations and fasteners of all air barrier materials. We expect this test method to be ready in mid-2013.

The ABAA Pull-Adhesion Testing Task Group will be conduct their first meeting at the end of October where a full scope of work will be defined.  The end goal will be to develop a standard pass/fail value for field pull-adhesion testing in accordance with ASTM D4541 when tested to a defined criteria.

A NFPA 285 adhoc group will be a group of ABAA manufacturer members who will discuss joining forces to conduct NFPA 285 testing for the applicable code requirements.

For information on any of these groups, email us at