I just ordered the Retrotec house and duct simulator to use in our next HERS rater class and was wondering what other trainers do to give students practice with the pressure testing equipment in the classroom. Do you use a simulator? If so, which one? FSEC also has one, which they demonstrated at last year's RESNET conference. Are there others available commercially? Do you have one that your company built? Or do you just do this part all in the field?

I'll post my first experience with the Retrotec simulator here after our class.

Tags: equipment, pressure, testing

Views: 75

Replies to This Discussion

Hi Allison.  At NYSWDA we use a 650 sq. ft. pressure house to train everything from blower door basics to advanced pressure diagnostics.  We also have used Anthony Cox's House of Pressure and lately have been using EnergyWright's ZPD House tabletop pressure house for training.  We have found the process of going from classroom basics on pressure diagnostics, to tactile practice on a tabletop model, to full immersion inside a full-sized pressure house is an effective way to provide a solid foundation in pressure diagnostics training.

You can read about Pressure House Learning in Real Time in the July 2010 issue of Home Energy magazine.

We haven't used Retrotec's simulator tents, but it looks like a good incremental step in delivering hands-on training in pressure fundamentals.

 

Thanks, Dale. We don't have our own facility yet, but when we do, our plan is to outfit it similarly to NYSWDA's. (I doubt we'll have so many furnaces, though.) I'd never heard of EnergyWright before, so I really appreciate that. I just put a call in to them and am waiting for a return call now.
Dale, that's an impressive set up. Breaking down the training with those three levels sounds like an excellent foundation for quality learning. I only wish more trainers out there were as committed as you, and others here, are. The level of training that some customers come to us with is unacceptable.

Hi Dale,

 

Did NYSWDA design and build the house or was this purchased somewhere ? I'm curious to see what it looks like.

Our full-sized pressure house was designed and built by NYSWDA.  Click on the links in my reply above to see pictures and an article about it.  There are also pics on this website.

 

Dale

Allison, this is James McGarvey.  I was the first Ex Director at NIYSWDA and helped design the house Dale spoke of.  I have come out of retirement to do the BPI Trainings in Charlotte, NC with AppleBlossom Energy.  We are leasing a temporary space and therefore built a low cost training lab, will be upgrading when we get our own property.  For a few hundred dollars we built a simple OSB board box, 12'x12'x8' high, divided into two rooms.  We installed all three grades of bat insulation along with sprayed cellulose and covered with lexon so students can view and see the difference in air leakage when blower door is on.  We installed a used gas hot water heater along with a gas oven.  We put in a small dropped area to represent an attic with sliders to control attic vent and house to attic leakage.   

We have two doors so blower door can be set up.  We can teach the Blower Door usage, CAZ zone testing, spillage, draft, and CO on the hot water tank and of course the proper way to test an oven.  We use the blower door to simulate house fans for CAZ tests.  We will be adding a box inside and outside with registers, ducts, and controlled leakage so we can teach Duct Leakage testing.  Only problem we have is oven produces over 2000 PPM of CO so we have to ventilate when we test the oven.  As most of the homes in our area here are all electric it is useful to have our cheap lab for training and for field testing as we can simulate most CAZ problems.  I think this type of lab can be built for less than $500 dollars and cheaper if you can use recycled lumber.  Good luck, james

RSS

Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros was founded by the developers of Home Energy Saver Pro (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy,) and brought to you in partnership with Home Energy magazine.

Latest Activity

Hal Skinner replied to Hal Skinner's discussion How much heat energy is lost through the floor of a house?
"Rcc sprayed onm the entire undercarriage of a single wide mobile home.  Aldo sprayed on the…"
2 hours ago
Profile IconMarc and Darren Clayton joined Home Energy Pros
8 hours ago
Tom White posted a video
14 hours ago
Darren Clayton posted a status
"I like having a place where I can learn & refer the public to if I don't have the answer !"
14 hours ago
Tom DelConte replied to Kurt Shafer's discussion Where can I find the best radiant barrier to install under my roof?
"Google it"
15 hours ago
Benjamin Gromicko's 2 events were featured
17 hours ago
Energy Center University posted an event

Better Buildings: Better Business Conferences at Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare Hotel & Conference Center and Kalahari Resort and Convention Center

February 26, 2015 to March 13, 2015
Better Buildings: Better Business ConferencesFebruary 26−27, 2015 │ Rosemont, ILMarch 11−13, 2015 │…See More
yesterday
Kris Grube added a discussion to the group Job Board
Thumbnail

Good Energy Retrofit, Portland, Or. Hiring Home Performance Salesperson.

Good Energy Retrofit is a small and focused, woman owned and operated, specialty residential…See More
yesterday

© 2014   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service