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BPI QCI HEP Certification

Started Jan 2, 2015 0 Replies

The Weatherization Assistance Program's (WAP) comprehensive Quality Work Plan requires that quality control assessments be signed off by a QCI professional as of January 1, 2015.  Looking through…Continue

Looking for a cure for a warping hardwood floor not caused by a leak

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Minch Apr 18, 2013. 17 Replies

I have a client who is has a lovely house built in 2010 that has oak hardwood floors throughout. There are apparently no other moisture issues besides the hardwood flooring. This problem is on the…Continue

Tags: warped floor, humidity

NEASI

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Eggleton Sep 28, 2011. 4 Replies

Does anyone have any experience or knowledge about NEASI, the National Energy and Sustainability Institute in Colorado Springs?  They are certifying commercial energy auditors that have taken a…Continue

Tags: Institute, Sustainability, and, Energy, National

T-stats without fan-only control

Started Apr 17, 2011 0 Replies

When the air handler is only used for heating, they often don't have a fan-only control.  That's a problem for setting up the house in worst case conditions for combustion safety because the leaks in…Continue

 

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MA Crew Chief/BPI Building Analyst Training at Bristol Community College at Commonwealth Landing

September 12, 2016 at 9am to September 16, 2016 at 4:30pm
Bristol Community College has created a hands-on training cabin in their laboratory.  This class provides the training necessary to become certified as a MA Certified Crew Chief and challenge the BPI Building Analyst Certification exams.  The Crew Chief component is covered in the first 3 days.  BA candidates needs to stay for the full 5 day class.  The class is taught by Paul Raymer, an IREC Certified Master Trainer with 40 years of experience in Building Science.See More
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Paul Raymer commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Zonal Pressure Puzzle
"This is a test cabin inside a building.  The cabin has four outside walls, a floor, and a ceiling.  The room that the fan is in has a ceiling between the room and the laboratory which is serving as 'outside'.  The cabin was…"
Aug 12
Judy Rachel commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Zonal Pressure Puzzle
"I think you are mixing up what test you are performing.  With zonal pressure testing you would measure across 2 boundaries. One being the area you are depressurizing ( aka the conditioned space ) to an unconditioned or intermediate zone such as…"
Aug 12
Rich Manning commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Zonal Pressure Puzzle
"It sounds like the damper may have been installed backwards?"
Aug 12
Dale@EnergyWright commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Zonal Pressure Puzzle
"I'd look for a duct disconnect in the attic. What connections are there between the bathroom and the main body of the house? Door undercut, common ductwork, and plumbing chases are a few possible ways to connect the bathroom to the house and…"
Aug 12
Ryan Puckett commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Zonal Pressure Puzzle
"If I'm reading this right, a 4.3 pascal pressure difference indicates 8.6% connected to outside and 91.4% connected to the house. Ideally you would see a 0 pascal pressure difference right? Have you done an add a hole test to estimate the…"
Aug 5
Paul Raymer posted a status
"Any interest in exploring the protocols in ANSI/RESNET 380 Standard? I have a list of 17 tests-from garbage bag to duct tester in my lab."
Aug 5
Paul Raymer commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Zonal Pressure Puzzle
"Ah, but there is a backdraft damper on the fan!  I've tested these before and found that they are generally quite tight, as you say, but something unusual is happening in this case."
Aug 5
Jim Tenhundfeld commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Zonal Pressure Puzzle
"It appears that there is no damper on the exterior of the bathroom fan which allows outdoor air to enter the bathroom putting the bathroom outside of the pressure boundary.  When there is a exterior damper, and you depressurize the house, then…"
Aug 5
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Zonal Pressure Puzzle

I have a wonderful little (16 x 14 x 8) test cabin at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA.  There are 3 'rooms', one of which stands in as the bathroom.  It has a bath fan in the ceiling and a small, hopper window.  When I depressurize the house to 50 Pascals, the pressure between the bathroom and the main body of the cabin is just 4.3 Pascals.  When I stand in the bathroom with the door closed, air is pouring in through the bathroom fan, there is enough flow to make the fan rotate…See More
Jul 28
Paul Raymer replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion I am searching for study material
"A few great resources: Russell King's Introduction to Residential HVAC Systems  ( www.sierrabuildingscience.com )  is a great overview of HVAC systems.  Good explanations and very clear. Refrigeration & Air Conditioning…"
Oct 12, 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
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TV Sets, Homes, and QCI

I have had the pleasure of talking to a lot of wonderful people about the challenges of the BPI QCI Certification, and I am getting some unique insight.  I started out working on my book – Residential QCI Handbook on a quest to help candidates who are preparing to take the exam.  I wanted to…See More
May 20, 2015
Patrick Michaelyan commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"As always, a lot of good ideas and thoughts in concept. Having been on both sides of the fence (and having worn many hats while on each side) as both a contractor and auditor, I have realized a very unfortunate and likely fixed reality: money rules…"
May 18, 2015
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TV Sets, Homes, and QCI

I have had the pleasure of talking to a lot of wonderful people about the challenges of the BPI QCI Certification, and I am getting some unique insight.  I started out working on my book – Residential QCI Handbook on a quest to help candidates who are preparing to take the exam.  I wanted to…See More
May 18, 2015
Hans Joachim Preiss commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"I used to work in manufacturing of electronics, and even before I knew the quality standard ISO 9000, I learned that the earlier a mistake gets discovered, the quicker and easier and least costly it is to correct it. Once the blower door, duct…"
May 16, 2015

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Zonal Pressure Puzzle

Posted on July 28, 2016 at 2:05pm 7 Comments

I have a wonderful little (16 x 14 x 8) test cabin at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA.  There are 3 'rooms', one of which stands in as the bathroom.  It has a bath fan in the ceiling and a small, hopper window.  When I depressurize the house to 50 Pascals, the pressure between the bathroom and the main body of the cabin is just 4.3 Pascals.  When I stand in the bathroom with the door closed, air is pouring in through the bathroom fan, there is enough flow to make the fan rotate…

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TV Sets, Homes, and QCI

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 5:17am 0 Comments

I have had the pleasure of talking to a lot of wonderful people about the challenges of the BPI QCI Certific ation, and I am getting some unique insight.  I started out working on my book – Residential QCI Handbook on a quest to help candidates who are preparing to take the exam. …

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Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 5:24am 22 Comments

I was called in to perform a last minute duct test for a modular home builder.  He was all in a dither to have a duct test and a blower door test done on a Friday so that he could get his Certificate of Occupancy (CO) so the homeowner could move in the following Monday.  He said that he’d just found out that he needed these tests.  The building inspector asked for them at the last minute!

I was glad to do it partially because it’s good to have builders aware of what is going on…

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Which version of CAZ testing is used for BPI/QCI testing?

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 4:13am 0 Comments

Combustion Safety Testing is one of the most important components of the HEP QCI exam.  Because it is linked to the safety of the occupants, it has been a fundamental element of BPI exams since the inception of the organization.  As we make homes tighter and more energy efficient, we cut back on the…

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