Air Leakage Calculator
Use the SLA calculator to measure how much air is entering and escaping a building, helping to improve your overall air quality.
SLA stands for specific leakage area and is a method of describing how much air enters or escapes from a building (building air infiltration). The lower the number the tighter (less leaky) a building is. Air leakage is important as the air escaping from the building represents energy loss.
Buildings with high SLAs are drafty, uncomfortable, and hard to heat and cool. Conversely, a building with too low of an SLA can experience problems with moisture, and mold and have overall poor indoor air quality.
Use Efficiency First California’s SLA Calculator to calculate CFM50 for any area of conditioned floor space.
This introductory course, presented in slideshow format, is designed to be a starting point for those interested in any career in residential energy efficiency. The course provides learners with basic information on how homes work through the lens of building science.