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Our Changing Business Model
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How should we adjust our businesses in the face of these falling energy prices?Payback, SIR, and overall financial justifications for our work are losing ground.Should we now be pushing that old…Continue

Tags: prices, energy

Started this discussion. Last reply by Theodore Redler Jan 2.

Basing air exchange on house volume??
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I have long objected to including a basement volume when calculating air exchange as it just doesn't leak like the rest of the house.  In fact using the house volume is an extremely poor substitute…Continue

Tags: exchange, air

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Heidner Jan 8.

Cellulose As An Air Seal
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I often hear people proclaim that a thick layer of cellulose will seal all of those air leaks below, thus eliminating the need to dig through, or remove, the old insulation before adding the new. …Continue

Tags: sealing, air, cellulose

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bpb Farmer Dec 7, 2014.

Inconsistant Local Authority
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It becomes frustrating to give people modern advice and then have to backtrack and tell them to do as the local authority requires regardless of right, wrong, or inbetween.  Personally challenging…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard L. Sanderson Oct 24, 2014.

 

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Bud Poll replied to Sean Lintow Sr's discussion Blower Doors & Methods Used in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Hi Sean, I have a question for you.  If you were only interested in providing the best audit you could for a reasonable time on the job, what BD tests would you run.  If your testing would be less without all of the requirements, then what…"
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Dennis Heidner replied to Bud Poll's discussion Basing air exchange on house volume??
"When we breath,  we exhale VOC's... sorry.   The process of cooking,  even if electric and using extra virgin olive oil, will result in VOC's.   It isn't just "VOC's"  but the type,  the…"
Jan 8
Chad Mcaulife replied to Bud Poll's discussion Basing air exchange on house volume??
"We use ASHRAE 62.2 2013 in the WAP.  I tend to agree Bud.  Some of these big homes in Maine are being over ventilated to the point that the home owner disables the systems.  Go ahead and jump on me with the home owner ed. bit as…"
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Hans Joachim Preiss replied to Bud Poll's discussion Basing air exchange on house volume??
"The type and concentration of pollutants very much depends on the people living in the home. One family may use only zero VOC paints and cleaners, another family doesn't pay attention to what they buy. One family may be only two adults, another…"
Jan 7
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Our Changing Business Model

How should we adjust our businesses in the face of these falling energy prices?Payback, SIR, and overall financial justifications for our work are losing ground.Should we now be pushing that old "carbon footprint" argument, after all, we are still using a lot of dirty energy?  Or maybe we should emphasize IAQ and comfort.Can we trust these falling prices?  It isn't much of a stretch to think that the current instability around the world could change our energy costs in a heartbeat.  And don't…See More
Jan 6
Dennis Heidner replied to Bud Poll's discussion Basing air exchange on house volume??
"The ASHRAE 62.2 standards are really an educated guess.  The problem is unless you spend a lot of dollars testing and re-testing on a house,  you really will not know what the IAQ problems are for that house around the clock,…"
Jan 2
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Bud Poll's discussion Basing air exchange on house volume??
"No problem - tied into the exhaust then it becomes a "balanced" solution & while I can think of better ways (and more efficient), I have no major issues. Most however only use it as a supply only system which is only a…"
Jan 2
Theodore Redler replied to Bud Poll's discussion Our Changing Business Model
"I believe in a mixed approach. Payback is still a major part of it but not in a SIR way. SIR has lost much credibility in my opinion and that’s not only about gas prices. Even when everything is right, there are countless factors that can mess…"
Jan 2
Kent Mitchell replied to Bud Poll's discussion Basing air exchange on house volume??
"Sean - I'm curious why you think the Air Cycler is the worst choice.  In the NW we are seeing a big increase in them. Used in conjunction with the air handler and a centrally located exhaust fan it determines run times and adjusts…"
Jan 2
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Bud Poll's discussion Our Changing Business Model
"Heh, you know I had to as I have long said that SIR & other similar tactics are a bad model and shortsighted... The reality is those using it narrow their available market in more ways than one"
Jan 1
Bud Poll replied to Bud Poll's discussion Our Changing Business Model
"Now Sean, Of all people I would say you have a different business model when compared to the thousands of "SIR" worshipers performing our weatherization program work for the masses.  Everything they touch has to be measure against…"
Jan 1
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Bud Poll's discussion Our Changing Business Model
"I don't see this as a business model argument but rather marketing - a good business plan just needs tweaking from time to time. Comfort & safety have always been the biggest driver, most of that other stuff is just pure noise that…"
Jan 1
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Our Changing Business Model

How should we adjust our businesses in the face of these falling energy prices?Payback, SIR, and overall financial justifications for our work are losing ground.Should we now be pushing that old "carbon footprint" argument, after all, we are still using a lot of dirty energy?  Or maybe we should emphasize IAQ and comfort.Can we trust these falling prices?  It isn't much of a stretch to think that the current instability around the world could change our energy costs in a heartbeat.  And don't…See More
Jan 1
Bud Poll replied to Bud Poll's discussion Basing air exchange on house volume??
"LOL, there's that 0.35 number again. One of the points I want to make in this thread is that the amount of fresh air required to reach some desired level of IAQ is dependent upon the amount of pollution being generated and not the size of the…"
Dec 26, 2014
Allison A. Bailes III replied to Bud Poll's discussion Basing air exchange on house volume??
"Yeah, most places don't have a requirement for ventilation in the code, and those that do often don't enforce it. Also, I mentioned that 62.2 is based on CFA and number of bedrooms, but there is a hidden ACH behind the calculations. Max…"
Dec 26, 2014
Bud Poll replied to Bud Poll's discussion Basing air exchange on house volume??
"Hi Allison, I have to chuckle as the best I can determine (still searching) Maine is on "62.2 - 2007 (Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings)" found here: http://www.maine.gov/dps/bbcs/ And, early…"
Dec 26, 2014

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At 1:08pm on June 28, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

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