October 27, 2008


To characterize outside air distribution in residential buildings, this paper develops a practical methodology adapted from ASHRAE Standard 129. The methodology includes the examination of multi-zone single tracer gas decay curves, and the calculation of reciprocal local mean age-of-air to allow direct, quantitative comparisons of various ventilation approaches that might be factored into ventilation rate trade-offs in future updates to ASHRAE Standard 62.2. Two types of ventilation systems were tested using this method: single-point exhaust ventilation and central fan integrated supply ventilation. Analysis of the measured data showed that age-of-air analysis worked well to characterize outside air distribution as long as weather conditions were sufficiently steady-state.