Construction is underway at In-cité Developments’ 83 Botsford project in Moncton, New Brunswick. This project is on track to be the first LEED-certified mixed-use rental residential and commercial project in Atlantic Canada. The building was designed by Design Plus and is being built by Bay Construction Management. The project is targeting certification under LEED for Homes.
ThermalWise was on-site on January 9th to conduct the pre-drywall inspection, a requirement of the LEED-certification process. Conducted by the LEED Green Rater (in this case, ThermalWise’s Tom Kendell), this inspection occurs when insulation and vapour barrier has been fully installed, but no drywall is up. During this inspection the Green Rater verifies a number of LEED credits and conducts the thermal bypass inspection. The goal of the thermal bypass inspection is to look for insulation and air/vapour barrier installation best practices. This step provides important feedback to the project team.
In-cité Developments also made the decision to include per-drywall air leakage testing as one of the project’s durability strategies. ThermalWise conducted the air leakage testing during this visit. Pre-drywall air leakage testing is an excellent option for project teams that want to ensure best practices for air leakage prevention. It provides feedback to the project team and offers the opportunity for trades and the project manager to locate and seal air leaks. Preventing the inward and outward leakage of air through the enclosure is an important function for both durability and energy efficiency.