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Trends in space conditioning systems in high performance homes, looking for your insight

Started this discussion. Last reply by William H Nickerson Jul 1, 2012. 4 Replies

Can anyone comment on the common types of heating and cooling systems installed in their region in high performance homes?  More and more, I see designers and builders turning away from forced air…Continue

 

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Brennan Less replied to Rob Madden, Solar Home Broker's discussion Indoor Air Quality Monitors and Meters
"Anyone interested in this realm should check out the EPA-funded project at the South Coast Air Quality Management District for comparing the accuracy of low-cost air quality sensors against reference equipment. Results are HIGHLY variable and…"
Aug 22
Brennan Less replied to Sean Lintow Sr's discussion Duct Testing - is a change in order? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Duct surface area clearly gives the more precise assessment of the quality of the installed duct system. But that precision is only precise in appearance, due to the difficulties of getting the correct surface area number. This is similar to blower…"
Aug 6, 2015
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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 6, 2015
Brennan Less commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Revisiting Electrification
"In case this is useful for anyone, I have calculated the 2010 carbon emissions per unit of delivered electricity (lbs./kWh) for each state in the U.S. (based on eGRID data). The map below of the US highlights states where a best-in-class…"
May 5, 2015
Brennan Less replied to Bud Poll's discussion Another benefit from air sealing
"Thanks Bud. I just feel the need to point out any such issues, because we as a field need to be inclusive of women, both as home performance professionals and as homeowners (and elsewhere). I understand that it was not your intention, I'm…"
Aug 28, 2014
Brennan Less replied to Bud Poll's discussion Another benefit from air sealing
"I would love to see such matters discussed on this forum without broadly characterizing women as weak and irrational. As for the other benefit of air sealing, it is certainly something that home/pest inspectors regularly recommend to limit pest…"
Aug 28, 2014
Brennan Less replied to Home Energy Magazine's discussion Let's Talk Gender
"I recently was working on a project, dominated by men, in which one woman was a contributor. Now, I'm not privy to all the details, but at some point, I noticed that the email string no longer included her. I brought this up casually by email,…"
Aug 7, 2014
Brennan Less replied to Stephen Standley's discussion Which reading is more reliable on a Minneapolis Duct Blaster?
"To reiterate what Glen said, always use the smallest ring that allows you to achieve the desired level of (de)pressurization. It will always be the most accurate reading available. "
Aug 7, 2014
Brennan Less replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion On the Question of Airtightness and Energy Performance
"William, maybe I miscommunicated. In my personal experience (largely in the Bay Area PH projects), as well as from my observations from the larger PH community of homes (presentations on the topic by Katrin and W. Feist), the most common kitchen…"
Jun 20, 2014
Brennan Less replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion On the Question of Airtightness and Energy Performance
"Kaushal, As an LBNL building scientist who studies deep retrofits, I can confidently tell you that (1) airtightness matters, even in Berkeley, and (2) that it is very unlikely to make a home uncomfortable (assuming you provide ventilation and…"
Jun 19, 2014
Brennan Less replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Actual Energy Use - 20 Thousand Home Challenge Projects & 20th Project to Meet 1000 Home Challenge in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"Thank you Ken, I'll read this with much interest."
Jan 27, 2014
Brennan Less replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Actual Energy Use - 20 Thousand Home Challenge Projects & 20th Project to Meet 1000 Home Challenge in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"Ken, can you send me a copy of the report (bdless@lbl.gov)? I would love to review it. I'm not sure I can include the data points in my summary (as we're nearly finished writing the report), though I've already used what was provided…"
Jan 23, 2014
Brennan Less replied to Corbett Lunsford's discussion CAZ Depressurization: NOT a Big Deal?
"I'm glad to see that folks are getting interested in this. Ron, great point about chronic low-level exposures. These are certainly of concern, and are on the radar of folks at LBNL. Also, Judy, GREAT point about localized exposure in basement…"
Jan 3, 2014
Brennan Less replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Actual Energy Use - 20 Thousand Home Challenge Projects & 20th Project to Meet 1000 Home Challenge in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"Congratulations Linda! 20 projects is really great, and their energy performance is stellar. I assume that since you are sharing this, that the attached data are open for use by others? I've just finished aggregating DER performance across the…"
Dec 12, 2013
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1000 Home Challenge

Linda Wigington distinguished between deep retrofits & deep energy reductions, thus expanding the range of strategies & tactics from which we might propose when engaging with people, the ones who choose.See More
Dec 12, 2013
Brennan Less replied to Rich Johnson's discussion Which Hydronic Air Handler
"Ben Schoenbauer, Pat Huelman and others in Minnesota have tested the retrofitted performance of a number of these systems, including a variety of models.  This report would be worth checking out.  Good…"
Feb 14, 2013

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At 6:55pm on September 11, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Brennan,

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