The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces

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The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces

The debate on how best to treat crawl spaces has gone on for decades, and the building codes regulating crawl space design have constantly evolved. For a long time the entrenched thinking was to rely ...

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Ventilation: The Only Way That Passive Vents Will Work

Author: Sean Maxwell
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December 31, 2015

Exhaust-only ventilation is one of the most common strategies for single-family and multifamily buildings alike. In multifamily structures, exhaust is pulled out of the apartments, often in bathrooms and/or kitchens, and fresh air is ... [continue reading]

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Boiler Survey Data Bonanza

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In 2014, Steven Winter Associates (SWA) was asked to review an entire portfolio of very similar buildings with the intention of developing a current inventory of heating equipment and identifying maintenance and capital upgrade priorities. A ... [continue reading]

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The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces

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June 09, 2015

The debate on how best to treat crawl spaces has gone on for decades, and the building codes regulating crawl space design have constantly evolved. For a long time the entrenched thinking was to rely ... [continue reading]

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Kitchen Ventilation

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February 28, 2015

There is an unvented combustion appliance that people use every day that is often ignored [continue reading]

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A/C in the Southeast

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March 01, 2014

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Multifamily Ventilation Retrofits for Energy Savings

Author: Sean Maxwell
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November 01, 2012

Ever feel like something's missing from your multifamily audit? It could be the ventilation system. [continue reading]

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ASHRAE in Weatherization

Author: Thom Knoll
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August 28, 2012

Over the years, the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) has gone through a number of significant changes, trying to become more scientific and technical. There has been frequent controversy, however, about how tight a house should ... [continue reading]

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Safe Air at Home

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At Pure Energy, we are finding more and more IAQ problems caused by pollutants that are supposed to be outside the living space, but are being drawn into the living space by unbalanced house pressures. [continue reading]

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