Pie Forensic Consultants Amplifies International Presence with Marshall Islands Testing
Arvada, Colorado (October 26, 2010) – Pie Forensic Consultants (Pie) augmented its international services by successfully completing building air tightness testing and repair consultation on a 87,000 square-foot 1960s-era facility located in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The federal project for Building 5050 on Meck Island, Kwajalein Atoll, focused exclusively on evaluating the air tight performance of the command/control building envelope for the purposes of mitigating potentially unacceptable levels of airborne contaminants from reaching the building interior during missile launches.
“We are excited to expand our broad-range of building science services on an international level” says Eric Amhaus, Pie Principal. “The Kwajalein project reinforces Pie’s ability to test, diagnose and consult with clients to achieve a positive outcome on buildings of all sizes, ages, and complexities.”
As a primary contributing author to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) “Air Leakage Test Protocol for Measuring Air Leakage in Buildings”and having been retained to test over 175 buildings nationwide, Pie Forensic Consultants incorporated a three-phase testing approach on this project. The phases included preliminary benchmark testing and diagnostics, on-site consultation during facility repairs, and final testing to confirm an acceptable level of air tightness could be achieved for the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll Range Safety Engineer. As a result of these services, air leakage was reduced by 70%.
According to Matthew Heron, Pie Project Manager, “the Kwajalein project is particularly interesting in that the testing was utilized to primarily focus on indoor air quality rather than energy efficiency. The USACE implemented an air barrier and testing requirement on both new construction and major renovation projects in 2008, with the primary goal being to reduce energy consumption in buildings. The testing, diagnostics, and repairs to Building 5050-Meck Island illustrate another added benefit of building air tightness beyond energy efficiency that could be of extreme value to other building end-users”.
“We look forward to offering our air barrier testing and building enclosure commissioning services (BECx) to new and existing clients as the focus on energy efficiency and building performance expands to other market sectors,” added Amhaus.