BPI Worst Case CAZ Depressurization Testing

An insider's review of setting up the Combustion Appliance Zone for worst case depressurization conditions, from the Building Performance Workshop. Complies with Building Performance Institute (BPI) and Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) standards.

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Comment by A. Tamasin Sterner on May 16, 2011 at 4:04pm
What we do is use a 100 ft hose that is attached to the manometer - end in the CAZ - so we can SEE what's happening in the CAZ all the time.
Comment by Corbett Lunsford on May 16, 2011 at 4:02pm
Good tip- though it can be impractical to always check what each door does, it would be a great learning experience.  You can be sure of reaching worst case more simply by starting at the furthest point from the CAZ, so you're always measuring the zonal pressure in the room WRT the CAZ (where you're standing, due to all the open doors behind you).
Comment by A. Tamasin Sterner on May 16, 2011 at 3:10pm
Nice work.  Suggestion:  What we REALLY want to know is what the air handler and door positions are doing to the CAZ.  So, what we do is monitor the pressure in the CAZ when operating fans and the air handler and door positions.  A person really doesn't know the maximum CAZ depressurization unless one is monitoring what is happening in the CAZ during the fan operation and door closures.

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