Durability of airtightness is a growing issue in Europe and the US [3]. Various studies have been ongoing for the past 15 years as well as major projects (i.e. DURABILIT’AIR). In Germany, a standard to test the durability of airtightness products in laboratory, DIN 4108-11, has been published at the end of 2018 and may be introduced as a project to CEN (European Committee for Standardization) to the T.C. (Technical Committee) 89.

AIVC &TightVent joint Conferences, Workshops and Webinars have also been major discussion places on this emerging field, bringing together international experts and practitioners and collecting their contributions & knowledge on AIRBASE, the Bibliographic Database of the AIVC.

See e.g. proceedings/presentations at:

  • AIVC – TightVent Workshop at Washington DC, USA: “Building and Ductwork Airtightness: Design, Implementation, Control and Durability: Feedback from Practice and Perspectives”, 18-19 April 2013
  • 40th AIVC – 8th TightVent Conference: “From energy crisis to sustainable indoor climate- 40 years of AIVC”, Ghent, 15-16 October 2019
  • 39th AIVC – 7th TightVent Conference: “Smart ventilation for buildings”, Juan-les-Pins, 18-19 September 2018
  • 38th AIVC – 6th TightVent Conference: “Ventilating healthy low-energy buildings”, Nottingham, 13-14 September 2017
  • 35th AIVC – 4th TightVent Conference: “Ventilation and airtightness in transforming the building stock to high performance”, Poznan, 24-25 September 2014
  • 34th AIVC – 3rd TightVent Conference: “Energy conservation technologies for mitigation and adaptation in the built environment: the role of ventilation strategies and smart materials”, Athens, 25-26 September 2013
  • AIVC – TightVent Workshop at Washington DC, USA: “Building and Ductwork Airtightness: Design, Implementation, Control and Durability: Feedback from Practice and Perspectives”, 18-19 April 2013

[1] V. Leprince, B. Moujalled and A. Litvak, “Durability of building airtightness, review and analysis of existing studies” in 38th AIVC Conference “Ventilating healthy low-energy buildings”, Nottingham, UK, 13-14 September 2017, Nottingham, 2017.