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Blower Door Testing for Code Compliance

Started this discussion. Last reply by Donald Jahnke Jul 23, 2015. 13 Replies

I am interested to know how those who include blower door testing of new homes as a part of their business are able to maintain that service as a part of their business.I am probably very very naive…Continue

Third party testing rqmt

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Sperline Dec 13, 2013. 2 Replies

I'm interested to know if the State you live in requires Blower door testing of the residential building envelope on new construction?Here in Washington State the Code official in the jurisdiction…Continue

Floor insulation attachment

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Riversong Oct 18, 2012. 16 Replies

I'm wondering if anyone out there has come across specific language for the attachment of fiberglass insulation over an unconditioned crawl space.  I realize there are various ways to accomplish…Continue

Hot water re-circ systems

Started this discussion. Last reply by tedkidd Apr 28, 2012. 18 Replies

For those of you who are conducting residential energy assessments; are you recommending "on demand"  hot water re-circ. systems?  I'm finding that many of my customers waste a ton of water while…Continue

 

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Donald Jahnke replied to Eric Sperline's discussion Blower Door Testing for Code Compliance
"Training and products are definitely the key. I work with SIP installers and after more than 200 blower doors my worst is 1.15 and the lowest is .2 ACH 50 I use a C ring regularly and have a D ring as well. I have just tested a 1500 sq ft home with…"
Jul 23, 2015
Eric Sperline replied to Eric Sperline's discussion Blower Door Testing for Code Compliance
"I fully agree with you re: allowable tolerances. For one thing a difference of .01 in a test result could be the difference from gauge to gauge. In my opinion without a tolerance level we encourage false reporting. In addition it seems strange to me…"
Jul 17, 2015
Eric Sperline replied to Eric Sperline's discussion Blower Door Testing for Code Compliance
"Good point but realize my concern is after the home is finished. Now we're talking big bucks to dismantle and apply proper sealing measures."
Jul 17, 2015
Paul Raymer replied to Eric Sperline's discussion Blower Door Testing for Code Compliance
"Here in MA, the code requires 3 ACH50.  Despite concerted effort to make the builders aware of both the blower door test requirement in the code and what it takes to get the building tight, builders are suddenly shocked when the inspector…"
Jul 17, 2015
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, 2015
Eric Sperline replied to Eric Sperline's discussion Blower Door Testing for Code Compliance
"Interesting concept, Colin. One thought that comes to mind however is that depending on the complexity of the structure, the cost to make the necessary modifications may exceed the estimated loss in heating/cooling costs. Those costs might be…"
Jul 16, 2015
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, 2015
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Blower Door Testing for Code Compliance

I am interested to know how those who include blower door testing of new homes as a part of their business are able to maintain that service as a part of their business.I am probably very very naive but as a tester I pride myself in accurate test results. In our State the builder must test a new home to an 5 ACH @ 50 pa. The problem is that many I test for are not reaching that level of envelope tightness.  I do not as a rule provide them with a passing test doc. for submittal to their building…See More
Jul 14, 2015
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Eric Sperline's discussion Blower Door Testing for Code Compliance
"A few quick thoughts - always provide the test results on the same type of report - in my case Pass or Fail along with the numbers is bolded & easy to spot --- As for retesting, there are no cost savings to me to come back so the charge is the…"
Jul 10, 2015
Eric Sperline replied to Eric Sperline's discussion Blower Door Testing for Code Compliance
"Good call."
Jul 10, 2015
David Meiland replied to Eric Sperline's discussion Blower Door Testing for Code Compliance
"Eric, you never know, the building inspectors may not be dinging builders for failing blower door tests. Building inspectors have to go head to head with builders on many items during construction, and they may not choose to make a sticking point…"
Jul 9, 2015
Bud Poll replied to Eric Sperline's discussion Blower Door Testing for Code Compliance
""they don't" would be my guess as well.  Unfortunately I tried to retire and have yet to get back into business.  In between the rules have changed so I did not run into this before and I'm reading posts like yours very…"
Jul 9, 2015
Eric Sperline replied to Eric Sperline's discussion Blower Door Testing for Code Compliance
"Hi Bud most of these builders are those that I have never met before.  They call me because their inspector told them the test was required.  One method I have tried without much success yet is to tell them that if they will have me in to…"
Jul 9, 2015
Bud Poll replied to Eric Sperline's discussion Blower Door Testing for Code Compliance
"Hi Eric, The solution I see is to convince those builders to utilize blower door testing during the construction process to ensure the final test will pass.  Certainly a failing report should be a motivator, but pushing that button makes it…"
Jul 9, 2015
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Blower Door Testing for Code Compliance

I am interested to know how those who include blower door testing of new homes as a part of their business are able to maintain that service as a part of their business.I am probably very very naive but as a tester I pride myself in accurate test results. In our State the builder must test a new home to an 5 ACH @ 50 pa. The problem is that many I test for are not reaching that level of envelope tightness.  I do not as a rule provide them with a passing test doc. for submittal to their building…See More
Jul 9, 2015
Eric Sperline commented on Christopher Morin's blog post UPDATED: Big Changes for Duct Testing in MA
"Hello Chris, thank you for your post on duct testing rqm'ts in MA.  The tone of your message seems to be indicative of your position on the value of energy efficiency overall.  You use terms such as "stringent updated code…"
Aug 25, 2014

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At 7:13pm on April 13, 2012, Tyson Pischel said…

Looking forward to heading back your way soon.  I am really curious to know your take on the ventilation strategy that Kleiman used in the homes for Pioneer Pacific.  Do you know where they came up with that system?

At 10:26am on March 27, 2012, Bob Freer said…

Hi, Eric.  I have a Testo 327 that has only been used 5 or 6 times.  I'm willing to sel it for $700.  I know it is not exactly what you are looking for, but if you are interested, call me.  I'm in Tukwila.  You can reach me at 253-508-3542.

Bob

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