Colin Genge
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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 Greg Labbe's blog post Technical Tape Desecration
"i don't have a picture of it, but my Honda Accord's windshield was replaced and it leaked water from the top. One application of aluminum foil tap  lasted until I lost the care 10 years later. Being Aluminum, it didn't get messed…"
16 hours ago
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What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?

“Have you been ripped off for $100,000 by your builder?  Let us help you get what you paid for!  Chances are your home was not built properly to Code and you’ll pay $50,000 over the life of your home in extra energy bills. You may have health and structural problems caused by hidden shoddy workmanship 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. Call Saul…See More
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Infiltration and Duct Leakage with BPI at Online

July 30, 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
Blower door and duct test requirementsCalculating resultsCertification optionsTest preparation and setupOvercoming common test problemsSee More
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Gauge 101 Webinar at Online

July 28, 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
Learning objectives for this webinar:DM32 interface and operationUsing Virtual Gauge, GaugeRemote, and Data LoggerCalculating ResultsRunning a Retrotec or other manufacturer's fanSee More
Jul 22
Colin Genge commented on Stacy Hunt's blog post DOE's Building Science Education efforts - a request
"We have been creating training materials for the measurement of duct and house leakage for 35 years.  Most or all curriculum leave out the important pitfalls that testers fall into. We have been doing tech support to over 20,000 testers…"
Jul 16
Colin Genge replied to Eric Sperline's discussion Blower Door Testing for Code Compliance
"Cost to get 5 airchanges is neglible.  Our experience world wide is that after the third house their costs are the same and might even go down if they use more efficient methods and materials.  Airsealing should be done during construction…"
Jul 16
Colin Genge replied to Eric Sperline's discussion Blower Door Testing for Code Compliance
"As much as I hate attorneys, I would link up with one, offer free tests to homeowners who just bought a house and let the attorney sue the builder when the house fails. They do that a lot in Europe and guess what, most houses get tested…"
Jul 16
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Energy Leadership from Habitat X Webinar at Online

July 21, 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
A Live interview with Chris Dorsi of Habitat X.  How Habitat X addresses the pressing issues of energy, environment, and economy.Strengthening local and global economies through energy efficiency policyIncrease collaboration between efficiency and finance communitiesEnsure the role of efficiency as a major player in the global energy transitionSee More
Jul 13
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Blower Door Testing to Code Webinar at Online

July 16, 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
Learning objectives:Testing RequirementsSetup & Perform a TestCreate Compliance ReportsQuestion and AnswerSee More
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Air Leakage Testing for Home Inspectors at Online

July 7, 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
• What sort of effect will IECC adoption have on the building industry? Home owners? Inspectors? • What sort of tests will you need to know? • What obstacles do home inspectors run into when they start testing? • What is meant by “house as a System?” What problems are common in houses not built as a system? How do you find these problems? How do you avoid them? See More
Jul 6
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Duct Testing 101 Webinar at Online

July 2, 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
•Testing for Energy Code or envelope performance •Measure a known hole to prove to yourself you and your DucTester are doing the right thing. •Tips on performing your first duct test in only twenty minutes using the Quick Guide. •Set up your gauge to make testing easier. •Overcoming common testing problems. See More
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Duct Testing 101 Webinar at Online

July 2, 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
Our next webinar will cover Duct Testing 101•Testing for Energy Code or envelope performance •Measure a known hole to prove to yourself you and your DucTester are doing the right thing. •Tips on performing your first duct test in only twenty minutes. Using the Quick Guide. •Set up your gauge to make testing easier. •Overcoming common testing problems. See More
Jun 26
Colin Genge commented on Colin Genge's blog post Smart Vent Scam: How can we stop this?
"There were no comments on this Blog but a lively conversation ensued at the link below with several industry experts chiming in that these guys have no clue about the dangers their vents can create in a home to say nothing about a unanimous…"
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Colin Genge posted an event

Blower Door Training 101 at Online

June 23, 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
Reminder that our next webinar is tomorrow, Tuesday, June 23rd at 1pm CThttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6856658231928819202See More
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Morgan M Audetat commented on Colin Genge's event Blower Door Training 101
"Sorry out of town but interested. "
Jun 19

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What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?

“Have you been ripped off for $100,000 by your builder?  Let us help you get what you paid for!  Chances are your home was not built properly to Code and you’ll pay $50,000 over the life of your home in extra energy bills. You may have health and structural problems caused by hidden shoddy workmanship 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. Call Saul…

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Posted on July 29, 2015 at 4:58pm

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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