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Energy Guage for HERS Ratings

The version Steve Mann discusses in this Home Energy article (May/June, 2009) is ResRate Pro Version 2.8. It uses the DOE-2.1E simulation e…

Started by Home Energy Magazine

0 Dec 31, 2010

The Blasnik Methods— Zone Pressure Diagnostics

Zone pressure diagnostics (ZPDs) are used to identify and measure series leaks, or leaks that pass through several zones of the house. For…

Started by Home Energy Magazine

0 Dec 31, 2010

Revisiting the tracer gas measurement technique

Research in 2005 at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory worked on using tracer gases for air flow testing in buildings. The LBNL study on…

Started by Home Energy Magazine

0 Dec 31, 2010

House of Pressure

The House of Pressure visually demonstrates pressure and air flow dynamics within a residence, using pressure diagnostics. It is a model…

Started by Home Energy Magazine

2 Dec 16, 2010
Reply by Leslie Jackson

Infrared Camera

Today’s IR systems are easy to use. But interpretation requires good camera skills, an understanding of heat transfer, radiation physics,…

Started by Diane Chojnowski

3 Dec 8, 2010
Reply by Michael Stuart

Computer-based Solar Design Tools

With climate changes and rising energy prices, many designers, builders, remodelers, and homeowners now realize that building-integrat…

Started by Home Energy Magazine

1 Dec 8, 2010
Reply by Dan Kuthy

Garbage Bags and Laundry Baskets

Garbage bags can be pretty handy components of an HVAC contractor’s tool kit, research in 2003 at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (…

Started by Home Energy Magazine

1 Dec 8, 2010
Reply by Debra Monte

Wearable CO Detector

I use the GasBadge Plus.  Works wonderfully.  A little more expensive than some - I think I paid $195.  But it is rugged as heck and has sm…

Started by Steve Parton

3 Dec 7, 2010
Reply by A. Tamasin Sterner

IR 365 Everywhere!

When I first started using thermal imagers in 1983, not only were they heavy as can be but they also were not very sensitive. As a result,…

Started by John Snell

0 Nov 3, 2010

Moisture Meter

Both penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters should be part of the estimator’s tool kit. They range in price and features, from $…

Started by Diane Chojnowski

1 Nov 3, 2010
Reply by James H. Bushart

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