Rob Buchanan
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'Shielding insulation'
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Good morning all,We had a question come up on "shielding insulation." The description is as follows: "The Universal Shielding Insulation is used to reduce cold air infiltration into the dwelling and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shawna Henderson Apr 9.

DHW thermosiphoning question
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Good morning everyone, I was hoping you could help settle a debate.When choosing to insulate the cold water intake pipe on a HWH, is it necessary or recommended to insulate the pipe beyond the first…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Curt Kinder Dec 9, 2013.

Domestic HWH diverter missing, or just different?
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Hi everyone,I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cory Chovanec Sep 27, 2012.

 

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Shawna Henderson replied to Rob Buchanan's discussion 'Shielding insulation'
"Well, it's part of Selkirk's chimney or venting package, and "may be installed within an Attic Insulation Shield, a Wall Thimble or a Cathedral Ceiling Support" as  a way to reduce air leakage at that nastiest of places:…"
Apr 9
R Higgins replied to Rob Buchanan's discussion 'Shielding insulation'
"It does not ring a bell. Wait...it does, an alarm bell. Anything, insulation, equipment, material that does give stats in industry standards, in this case, R, U, or even "equals --- inches of fiberglass", up front,…"
Apr 5
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'Shielding insulation'

Good morning all,We had a question come up on "shielding insulation." The description is as follows: "The Universal Shielding Insulation is used to reduce cold air infiltration into the dwelling and to provide additional protection against radiant heat from the chimney or venting system."That description is vague enough to make me very skeptical--radiant barrier skeptical. Has anyone encountered this and able to validate or invalidate its usefulness?See More
Mar 29
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Rob Buchanan's discussion 'Shielding insulation'
"A bunch of marketing terms is all that it sounds like - without specs or anything else to discuss we are only guessing. As for dispelling myths & bad marketing terms, I do it all the time while trying not to give any link or seo love to the…"
Mar 29
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'Shielding insulation'

Good morning all,We had a question come up on "shielding insulation." The description is as follows: "The Universal Shielding Insulation is used to reduce cold air infiltration into the dwelling and to provide additional protection against radiant heat from the chimney or venting system."That description is vague enough to make me very skeptical--radiant barrier skeptical. Has anyone encountered this and able to validate or invalidate its usefulness?See More
Mar 28
Rob Buchanan replied to James White's discussion Smartphone Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera
"But your underlying point, Bud, is a valid one. Since this is, for all intents and purposes, a cheap thermal imager, how many clowns will buy one with no training whatsoever (not even taking the time to do free webinars)? How many will make…"
Feb 7
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Weatherization

Share your concerns and successes as a weatherization professional, or information for this community.
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Multifamily Buildings

For too long there has been relatively little EE focus on multifamily, but some new programs have recently started. This group gives us a venue to share our experiences on cost effective audit & retrofit strategies and analysis tool needs.See More
Jan 7
Rob Buchanan replied to Kari Sauder's discussion Easy Water Heater Venting in the group Hall of Shame
"Oh, that gave me a serious belly laugh at work. Jeez."
Jan 3
Rob Buchanan replied to Kari Sauder's discussion Easy Water Heater Venting in the group Hall of Shame
"I have to see a picture of the straps holding it up. Please post!"
Jan 3
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DHW thermosiphoning question

Good morning everyone, I was hoping you could help settle a debate.When choosing to insulate the cold water intake pipe on a HWH, is it necessary or recommended to insulate the pipe beyond the first elbow?While I recognize there are reasons to insulate the cold water pipes (condensate, etc.) our area of concern is for thermosiphoning only.Thanks in advance, everyone.See More
Dec 12, 2013
Curt Kinder replied to Rob Buchanan's discussion DHW thermosiphoning question
"I like to take it to where it enters the wall if near the water heater or 6 inches past the first downward elbow"
Dec 9, 2013
Eric Kjelshus replied to Rob Buchanan's discussion DHW thermosiphoning question
"Take a clamp on temp  probe  like fluke or cooper  - then heat the tank and tell us what happen?    The only way to  stop DHW thermosiphoning  is to put in heat traps.   I use a IR  each building…"
Dec 9, 2013
Rob Buchanan posted a discussion

DHW thermosiphoning question

Good morning everyone, I was hoping you could help settle a debate.When choosing to insulate the cold water intake pipe on a HWH, is it necessary or recommended to insulate the pipe beyond the first elbow?While I recognize there are reasons to insulate the cold water pipes (condensate, etc.) our area of concern is for thermosiphoning only.Thanks in advance, everyone.See More
Dec 9, 2013
Rob Buchanan replied to Lena Burkett's discussion Student needs help for HVAC research project
"To add some thoughts to the regional pricing, I've been in your boat before (a nonprofit with zero budget for bids). For example, I was curious about how much it would cost to run a gas line to swap out an electric dryer for a gas one. I called…"
Nov 8, 2013
Rob Buchanan commented on Christopher Morin's blog post Selling with Rebates: The Simple Payback
"One thing that is lost in this conversation is how little the payback period actually reveals. There are marginally more complex, but vastly more explanatory than simple payback. Simple payback includes no risk premium; there is no accounting for…"
Jun 7, 2013

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BPI Building Analyst, BPI Envelope Specialist
Professional Interests
Retrofits and pressure barrier assessment and improvement, building performance auditing

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