Feature Article

Mind the Gaps: Making Existing Buildings More Airtight

Leaky building enclosures create health hazards, comfort problems, and high energy bills. Fixing them isn’t rocket science; but you’d better know your building science.

July 25, 2017

Sealing air leaks in any building can make it more comfortable and efficient. But owners of existing buildings often resist spending the time and money to address the problem. In fact, addressing air leaks in existing buildings is like the Rodney Dangerfield of Rodney Dangerfields. In the words of the late comedian, "they just don’t get no respect."

Even without air leaks, existing buildings don’t get no respect unless they are historic or otherwise noteworthy.