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smoky neighbor

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Kjelshus Feb 19, 2015. 8 Replies

Here's an odd one - in a suburban neighborhood one person constantly is burning wood to heat his home- the problem is the next door neighbor, who gets the smoky draft coming into her home... no big…Continue

Workflow processes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dmitri A Martin Dec 4, 2014. 1 Reply

Wondering if you have any experience with workflow programs?  Good ones, bad ones, industry specific?  Pros and cons?Thanks!Continue

RESNET CAZ Training

Started this discussion. Last reply by Everblue Training Jan 14, 2015. 2 Replies

Not BPI Certified & looking for a RESNET CAZ training in the Pacific NW?  I've only found 1 and it's full.  Anybody know of any in Washington or Oregon?Continue

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Fire sprinklers & air infiltration?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Minch Mar 20, 2014. 9 Replies

The housing industry is continuously trying to make houses tighter.  This will continue coming up as an issue for the sprinkler industry until it is resolved.  The type of sprinkler head we are…Continue

 

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Kent Mitchell replied to Kim Tanner's discussion Acronym Challenge!
"I don’t believe this is an industry specific issue but we do seem to have an excess of acronyms.  For example we have RESNET, HERS, BPI, LEED, CSG, ACCI, ANSI, OSHA, WISHA, OMG, & LMAO!  Confused yet?  No – then…"
Sep 6, 2015
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smoky neighbor

Here's an odd one - in a suburban neighborhood one person constantly is burning wood to heat his home- the problem is the next door neighbor, who gets the smoky draft coming into her home... no big holes on that side of the house, windows closed, exhaust fans off usually, and minimal use of the forced air furnace.  Built in early 2000 so not extremely tight, but not too bad either. 6 ACH50. Ducts in crawl and attic with 7% leakage. Vented crawlspace. Vented attic. HO wants to install an inline…See More
Feb 23, 2015
Eric Kjelshus replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion smoky neighbor
"Make the building positive.  Bring in more air than leaks out and the air you bring in super filter it.   Blow out the dirty air,  Then super clean the air inside the building.   Its what a clean room does.   "
Feb 19, 2015
Kent Mitchell replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion smoky neighbor
"Good points.  Thanks Bud! "
Feb 19, 2015
Bud Poll replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion smoky neighbor
"Hi Kent, I think the positive pressure option will need to be the choice as air sealing can get only so good and even if it was outstanding, extremely tight, you would then have to include fresh air.  The only advantage to sealing before…"
Feb 19, 2015
Kent Mitchell replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion smoky neighbor
"A cleaner burn is a good suggestion.  The neighbor has agreed to extend the flue but that hasn't happened yet. No enforcement for this unless we are under a burn ban - which is rare.  This is a 2 story house and the air sealing should…"
Feb 19, 2015
Kent Mitchell replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion smoky neighbor
"Thanks Sean!  The supply only is generally frowned upon but not so much with an older house like this.  The encapsulated crawl has not worked well here because of radon and moisture.  The sealing measures have been started and I think…"
Feb 19, 2015
Larry Weingarten replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion smoky neighbor
"Hello:  I'd start with the simple approach of asking the neighbor to refrain from dampering down the fire so it can burn hotter and cleaner.  If they refuse to change habits, I'd ask the local jurisdiction (city or county) if…"
Feb 19, 2015
Bud Poll replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion smoky neighbor
"Half the house (guestimate) is already under a positive pressure and at the worst, for a ranch, she is dealing with just a couple of pascals of pressure. The vented crawlspace, as Sean mentioned, would be the place I would start since much of the…"
Feb 18, 2015
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion smoky neighbor
"Correct me if I am wrong but isn't supply only considered bad in your area? Even if it isn't, what happens if another neighbor decides to use there stove where it can impact the supply Personally I would look into an encapsulated crawl and…"
Feb 18, 2015
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smoky neighbor

Here's an odd one - in a suburban neighborhood one person constantly is burning wood to heat his home- the problem is the next door neighbor, who gets the smoky draft coming into her home... no big holes on that side of the house, windows closed, exhaust fans off usually, and minimal use of the forced air furnace.  Built in early 2000 so not extremely tight, but not too bad either. 6 ACH50. Ducts in crawl and attic with 7% leakage. Vented crawlspace. Vented attic. HO wants to install an inline…See More
Feb 17, 2015
Kent Mitchell replied to Barry NewDelman's discussion How to give back to your Customers in the group Marketing Energy Efficiency
"Phishing? MLM? "
Jan 28, 2015
Everblue Training replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion RESNET CAZ Training
"We've learned that RESNET has asked all of its rating providers to suspend their Raters as of January 20 if they have not completed the RESNET CAZ & Workshop training and testing. As such, we have added additional training locations and…"
Jan 14, 2015
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, 2015
Kent Mitchell commented on Tom White's blog post Clean Energy Works Oregon: Total Home Performance
"As a contractor in the region - we frequently wonder how/why you can be a non-profit?  Oregon seems to generate a lot of non-profit EE companies?  "
Dec 18, 2014
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Workflow processes

Wondering if you have any experience with workflow programs?  Good ones, bad ones, industry specific?  Pros and cons?Thanks!See More
Dec 8, 2014

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Acronym CRAZY...

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 5:30pm 4 Comments

I don’t believe this is an industry specific issue but we do seem to have an excess of acronyms. 

For example we have RESNET, HERS, BPI, LEED, CSG, ACCI, ANSI, OSHA, WISHA, OMG, & LMAO! 

Confused yet?  No – then let’s try these on for size… ACH50, ACHNAT, SIPS, DMHP, HP, WH, HVAC, CFM, ELA, SLA and IECC, MEC, ASHRAE but don’t forget NYC! 

BTW can you name EPA, HERC, OSB, PVC, ABS, BD, DB, MDF, MDO, SEER, HSPF, HRV’s, ERV’s, DOE, NGBS, BIA, PV, UV, UVA, UVL, DHW, IAQ,…

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