Sean Lintow Sr
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Sean Lintow Sr replied to Robert Cameron's discussion Air duct testing questions.
"#1 - outside "conditioned" space & really should not be allowed #2 - up to the AHJ if they wish to have you test all or waive the test - you cannot just test some components #3 - see "conditioned" - no insulation it is…"
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Tony Rigdon's discussion Placement of 5/8" firewall, over or under foam board insulation?
"I am pretty sure he is talking about using commercial drywall designed for this type of purpose and with the rain screed detail that will help tremendously. I am also assuming he is probably in the Chicago area as that is a typical requirement here…"
Sep 23
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Tony Rigdon's discussion Placement of 5/8" firewall, over or under foam board insulation?
"contact the local AHJ for sure - but for "fire" reasons it should be on the outside of the foam normally"
Sep 22
Sean Lintow Sr commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post Mini-Split Heat Pumps are Quirky, Especially their Capacity
"Quick question Chris - the set & forget (for temperature setbacks) is that with any or just leaving the temperature at one set temp? Any other changes to explain the difference?"
Sep 22
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Kevin Jordan's discussion air infiltration total
"Sorry I don't have anything handy but pull a search for EqLA equivalent leakage area or ELA  Effective Leakage Area - for ELA (if memory serves me correctly) is to simply divide the ACH50 number by 10 to get how many square…"
Sep 14
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Hal Skinner's discussion Has Lead Based Paint ever stopped you on an energy upgrade?
"You do know you need to be a certified Lead Renovator to even do a contract on a pre-78 house (under most circumstances) unless it has already been tested by a third-party to be free of lead?…"
Sep 10
Sean Lintow Sr commented on Christopher Morin's blog post UPDATED: Big Changes for Duct Testing in MA
"4% TOTAL Ted - Leakage to outside was stripped from the codes & for good reason"
Aug 26
Sean Lintow Sr commented on Christopher Morin's blog post UPDATED: Big Changes for Duct Testing in MA
"4% can be tough up front but easily doable - The best time to test for many is on rough with the air-handler installed. Make sure for the first few that the HVAC contractor and crew is there to let them see what it takes to tighten…"
Aug 25
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Richard Beyer's discussion Sprinkler Mandate Debated.. What do you think should be done?
"Jeffrey - yes I got to agree with you on the cost. Of course part of this is because both sides of an argument generally just love to exaggerate their claims by finding the worst or best case possible. For your third paragraph - seriously? The…"
Aug 24
Sean Lintow Sr replied to richard gaughan's discussion Advice for heating a 3-story Vermont home built in 1900?
"Anything is possible as I have met great independents & even great "contractor" based ones - on the other hand I have met some that are real doozies in both camps also. With that most "contractor" based ones are going to look…"
Aug 24
Sean Lintow Sr replied to James White's discussion What happened to Home Energy Pro's website?
"Looks fine on IE 11 - time to upgrade your computers?"
Aug 18
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Richard Beyer's discussion Sprinkler Mandate Debated.. What do you think should be done?
"Sorry Richard but you can't construct a home like you did a 100 years ago as the old growth timber is gone & todays 2x will not last as long as an older one. Shoot if one were to "build" like they did with their balloon…"
Aug 14
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Barbara Smith's discussion Subslab ventilation in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Sorry Barbara I didn't get a chance to read all of it, but the first few main points they made ring true for almost everything - It Depends. With that if there is a radon issue it doesn't really matter what the penalty is as their health…"
Aug 12
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Richard Beyer's discussion Sprinkler Mandate Debated.. What do you think should be done?
"I think one of the most important factor to recall (especially when talking about single residence homes) is fire sprinklers don't save lives, though they may save the house. What saves lives is working smoke/fire detectors. If there is a…"
Aug 12
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Best Practices (Residential)

Best Building, Retrofitting, or even Auditing Practices - what are they, what should change, what needs to find it's way to the dust bin of history?See More
Aug 11
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Stephen Standley's discussion Which reading is more reliable on a Minneapolis Duct Blaster?
"I got to ask - When was the last time you did a calibration check because based on Minneapolis Flow Tables a 180 is impossible to get on the smallest flow ring. You may wish to check the manuals page…"
Aug 7

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BPI at the Crossroads

This is a look at some of the recent changes & challenges facing BPI I originally posted on my site:

Lately BPI (aka Building Performance Institute, Inc.) has been growing exponentially and making plenty of waves in the certification field. Just this last July they had…


Posted on March 25, 2012 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

Becoming a LEED AP: Habitat for Humanity, BOULD, and You?

So you have decided you want to earn or become a LEED AP. There is just one small issue, unless you have or are working on a LEED project, just how are you supposed to gain the experience & show documented involvement on a project registered or certified for LEED? (AKA a letter of attestation) As some well know, finding or being able to gain the needed project experience can be a rare opportunity. Fortunately though, the chances for many looking in have an opportunity through a…


Posted on January 8, 2012 at 10:00am

Test Taking Tips: ENERGY STAR V3, RESNET, CEA, & BPI

Whew, as of yesterday (April 22nd) and taking the ENERGY STAR V3 test (long story short – the test was not available when I took the original class), that is it for the test taking (Since posting this, I had to take another 2 tests & classes for another program I am working with - will the madness ever stop?). As I was sitting there taking the test, I was amazed at how many people were flipping…


Posted on June 12, 2011 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

ENERGY STAR V3 Class - Day 2

So are you curious about what is going to be covered in this class for Raters? This blog post was pulled from my original article done back in February. This class was taught by Allison A Bailes III of Energy Vanguard, and was tweeted live with the hash tag –…


Posted on March 4, 2011 at 5:53am

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