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What is the value of using a pressure pan to test outlets?
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I had this question recently and my response was:If the blower door takes the home up to 50 Pa, and the pressure pan reading across the outlet is 49 Pa for example, that says that total of the rest…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Colin Genge Sep 5, 2012.

 

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Colin Genge commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"Ironically, for the cost to the builder of one lawsuit, they could eliminate 20 times the duct leakage the Code allows in 2000 homes. You can argue about the match both ways. In the former case, the builder's reputation would sink. In the…"
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tedkidd commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"Colin, Henry Gifford is suggesting a new, much simpler approach to design and codes:  http://bit.ly/Giffordsperfectenergycode http://bit.ly/1Hmnftz Why couldn't we take this further and make consumption transparent so we could get to…"
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George Kopf commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"Colin, I am familiar with http://ring4club.com/. I like working with professionals who take such pride in their work. I can't believe I am recommending a law suit. It just goes counter to everything I hold dear.  "
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Colin Genge commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"George, history shows you are 100% correct. Irony is that sealing ducts is the least expensive measure a builder could take to improve performance. There is a group in CA that gets duct leakage below 5 CFM. Ted, ratings and predictive energy models…"
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George Kopf commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"Chris, To answer your questions: Do you know of cases in which building owners have taken legal action against contractors who did not properly install and/or test the energy-delivery systems in their buildings? None that I know of. In…"
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tedkidd commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"VVVVVVV - Nice point! Thanks for sharing George... Hard for a report to have meaning if you NEVER RECEIVE it!!  Add to this the fact HERS Ratings neither correlate to energy use, NOR even to each other! (If 7 different people give 7…"
Monday
Chris Dorsi commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"The problem. We have a marketplace in North America in which code officials enjoy what is known as "sovereign immunity", a legal principal that gives public officials a good measure protection against consumer complaint of…"
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Colin Genge commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"The more anecdotal evidences such as yours the better. Overall, we have trained Code officials in many states but since many homes aren't tested at all, it is up to homeowners to let us know their experience. We have a project underway to look…"
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George Kopf commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"I have bought two town homes in California in the last 5 years. Even though code says I was supposed to get a HERS report on both of them, I haven't seen a single HERS report. When I called my local city code enforcement department to get them…"
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Zone Pressure Diagnostics (ZPD) with Bill Eckman of NME$A Webinar at Online

September 10, 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
Benefits and limitations of Zonal Pressure Diagnostics (ZPD).Best practices for accurate results.Determine were to place the reference tube.Overcome common mistakes.Interpret the results.See More
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Problem Solving- Air Tightness Tests of Large Buildings Webinar at Online

September 1, 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
Effect of Stack Pressure during airtightness tests in tall buildings-caluculating the effectsHow many fans are needed-predicting test pressure distributionGauge, tubing and control diagnostics performed live using Virtual GaugeRunning a 6 fan test live using FanTestic SoftwareSee More
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Duct Testing 101 Webinar at Online

August 27, 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
Use the Quickguide to perform duct tests with easeDepressurization vs. pressurization testsMake testing more productive with Retrotec softwareOvercome common testing problemsField checks to confirm equipment is in calibrationSee More
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RESNET Sponsored Webinar on Calibrating Retrotec and The Energy Conservatory Equipment at Online

August 27, 2015 from 2pm to 3:30pm
While Most HERS Providers and Raters are aware that the RESNET Standards require that blower door and duct testing equipment be "field tested annually for calibration by the HERS Provider or Rater," many may not be fully up to speed on exactly how to do the field calibration. What is the difference between "field check" and the manufacturer calibration?Do you have to send the gauge back to the manufacturer once a year?  Does the blower door or duct tester fan need to be calibrated, when?What…See More
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What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?

“If your new home was not built properly to Code, you might pay $50,000 over the life of your home in extra energy bills. You may have health and structural problems caused by hidden hidden problems and improper inspections by Code officials.  At no cost to you, let us have your home checked to see if you are one of 1000s in Texas (name your State) where Codes are ignored.”

In Australia, homeowners are starting class actions against their builders for the same type of poor workmanship…

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Posted on July 29, 2015 at 4:30pm — 11 Comments

Smart Vent Scam: How can we stop this?

Smart Vent Scam: How can we stop this?

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2015/01/heating-vents-that-direct-warmth-where-you-want-it/index.htm

Look at this link. we all know that few systems can tolerate any more resistance created by smart vents or even partial closing of registers. LBL's paper on closing off vents to save energy, roundly…

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Posted on June 3, 2015 at 8:21am — 2 Comments

Smart gauges will change how we use Blower Doors, DucTesters and other diagnostic tools

The world’s first touchscreen WiFi gauge          

Webinar Sept 12/2013 11AM PDT, 2PM EDT

The DM32 controls all blower doors, duct testers, and some flow grids. We’ve even introduced advanced features that will not only modernize just the gauge but the older devices attached to them as well. For example, automatic corrections can be made in the gauge for system backpressure correction when using flow grids.  Control your gauge using any mobile…

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Posted on September 5, 2013 at 8:53pm — 2 Comments

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At 7:09pm on July 15, 2012, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Colin,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros.

Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!

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