Craig Bird
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Supply ventilation via inline fan and return duct
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I am looking for a mechanical ventilation solution that is a step above the single supply or exhaust fan which is set to the required 62.2 rate. On the flip side, it must be something that is similar…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Air Track Inc Jun 13, 2014.

Combined combustion tester CO + Manometer
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Wondering if anyone has any feedback on the combustion analyzers that have integrated pressure measurements. I am getting ready to move to two crews and do not want to buy a separate manometer as we…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Kjelshus Nov 15, 2013.

Insulation/venting/air barrier for cathedral ceiling
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I have a client who has built a home that is ready for insulation. That said - it is what it is and I am not looking for what should have been done - there will be no reconstruction. We are the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by tedkidd Oct 29, 2013.

Easy Tests for HVAC during audit
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I was looking to beef up my offerings for standard energy audit and feel like some quick screening tests for HVAC would be great. The only test I currently do is a dominate duct test. Since I am…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by R Higgins Aug 11, 2013.

 

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Craig Bird replied to Hal Skinner's discussion What this RCC will do on an exterior wall compared to standard paint. in the group The RCC Classroom (Radiant Control Coatings)
"I agree and studies done will agree with you in those cases too - it makes sense when there is little to no insulation in the wall. You got a bigger piece of pie to bite from. Small pie, small bite."
Sep 15, 2014
Craig Bird replied to Hal Skinner's discussion What this RCC will do on an exterior wall compared to standard paint. in the group The RCC Classroom (Radiant Control Coatings)
"In this scenario the walls were made of R35 rigid foam. Even if ex-employee of big energy company calculated a 50% reduction in heat transfer through the walls(and was accurate), that in itself doesn't mean anything. 50% of barely anything, is…"
Sep 15, 2014
Craig Bird replied to Hal Skinner's discussion What this RCC will do on an exterior wall compared to standard paint. in the group The RCC Classroom (Radiant Control Coatings)
"Actually emissivity rating doesn't make much of a difference between coatings because almost all coatings (and all construction materials except clean bare metals) have an emissivity value around 0.9. Anyways, your example still doesn't…"
Sep 12, 2014
Craig Bird replied to Hal Skinner's discussion What this RCC will do on an exterior wall compared to standard paint. in the group The RCC Classroom (Radiant Control Coatings)
"Again, this test doesn't mean much without a third sensor installed on a section of regular white paint."
Sep 12, 2014
Craig Bird replied to Hal Skinner's discussion What this RCC will do on an exterior wall compared to standard paint. in the group The RCC Classroom (Radiant Control Coatings)
"Have you ever taken a 'rule of thumb' measurement of how many degrees from ambient standard white paint would be? Seems like that would be the real test of the effectiveness of the RCC paint. Another interesting test would be how much the…"
Sep 12, 2014
Craig Bird commented on Hal Skinner's group The RCC Classroom (Radiant Control Coatings)
"Correct, that is exactly what I said"
Sep 2, 2014
Craig Bird commented on Hal Skinner's group The RCC Classroom (Radiant Control Coatings)
"And how much of that 1.7% of the suns energy that got through the RB or RCC gets into the house, will depend on the R-value of the insulation in the ceiling."
Sep 2, 2014
Craig Bird commented on Hal Skinner's group The RCC Classroom (Radiant Control Coatings)
"Hal - I would disagree that radiant heat "goes through" fibrous insulation. Radiant heat transfers only through air. When it hits a solid, it is either absorbed or reflected. Since fibrous insulation does not have a very high reflectivity,…"
Sep 2, 2014
Craig Bird commented on Hal Skinner's group The RCC Classroom (Radiant Control Coatings)
"Now back to your question - the best data for radiant barriers is the DOE studies from the ORNL. Just google "Radiant Barrier Fact Sheet". As far as a comparison for a sheet radiant barrier compared to a foil faced rigid board, I refer you…"
Sep 2, 2014
Craig Bird commented on Hal Skinner's group The RCC Classroom (Radiant Control Coatings)
"Kurt - Radiant heat transfer does not heat the air. It is the passing heat directly from hot object to cold object. The hot object heats the cold object directly through infrared heat transfer. Think about it -  the heat we get on the earth is…"
Sep 2, 2014
Craig Bird commented on Hal Skinner's group The RCC Classroom (Radiant Control Coatings)
"Kurt Schafer - I would be careful measuring temperatures with an IR Camera as a part of a comprehensive analysis/comparison of products that contain a reflective surface. You will not get accurate measurements using an infrared camera when you…"
Sep 2, 2014
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The RCC Classroom (Radiant Control Coatings)

A group where energy professionals can learn about all the different energy saving aspects of RCCs.  I have worked with one particular RCC for 30 years.  I have amassed alot of information I can share.  Everyone knows, accepts and understands how RCCs work as a 'Cool Roof' coating.  However, that seems to be where the knowledge on these products different energy saving applications abruptly stops.  I hope to change that with this group. There are over 300 protective coatings out there and they…See More
Sep 2, 2014
Craig Bird commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post 1825 Home Becomes an Energy Efficiency Role Model - Remodeling Magazine
"Let's remember that some byproducts that off-gas are odorless. As for the rest, it is obvious you are not open to anything but foam, so we will just have to save our breath. I actually got into the same cycle with a guy selling…"
Jun 18, 2014
Craig Bird commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post 1825 Home Becomes an Energy Efficiency Role Model - Remodeling Magazine
"I put the direct quote in here because the NTP is the only one stating that some fiberglass could be carcinogenic and still never been shown to be in humans. Now add to that all the rest of the other regulatory agencies that have…"
Jun 17, 2014
Craig Bird commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post 1825 Home Becomes an Energy Efficiency Role Model - Remodeling Magazine
"Farmer - Are you still trying to ride that horse with carcinogens? Its been put out to pasture. I assume you hang your hat on the NTP. All you have to do is read further into the report to know it does not apply to home insulation: “Not all…"
Jun 17, 2014
Air Track Inc replied to Craig Bird's discussion Supply ventilation via inline fan and return duct
"paul your I like your answere"
Jun 13, 2014

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