Aerosol-Based Method Seals the Deal for Tighter New Homes

Research output: NRELFact Sheet


What if an aerosol-based sealing method could tighten new home envelopes more quickly and effectively than traditional sealing methods? The method involves pressurizing an entire building while dispersing an aerosol sealant "fog" to the building interior. As air escapes the building through leaks in the envelope, sealant particles are carried to the leaks where they make contact and stick, sealing the leaks. A standard blower door and connected laptop facilitate the sealing process and provide real-time feedback and a permanent record of the sealing. The technology is thus capable of simultaneously measuring, locating, and automatically sealing leaks in a building. In fact, hundreds of linear feet of narrow leaks can be sealed simultaneously, reducing the time needed for manual inspection and sealing. To investigate the use of this method in new homes, the Center for Energy and Environment and partners worked with builders who performed the technique on 11 homes in California and 15 homes in Minnesota.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/FS-5500-79904

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102021-5568


  • air sealing
  • air tightness
  • Building America
  • buildings
  • envelope


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