Past, Present, Future: Directions in Single-Family Energy Auditing and Retrofits

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Past, Present, Future: Directions in Single-Family Energy Auditing and Retrofits

Round-robin energy audits and a building science stakeholder survey help to inform technical and policy discussions for single-family homes.

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Blower Door Cruise Control

Author: Bruce Torrey
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March 01, 1994

The use of pressure differential diagnostics to measure and interpret air leakage is changing the way blower-door users approach buildings. [continue reading]

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Infiltration: Just ACH50 Divided by 20?

Author: Alan Meier
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January 01, 1994

Many researchers have sought to develop a correlation between a one-time pressurization test and an annual infiltration rate. [continue reading]

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Leak Detectors: Experts Explain the Techniques

Author: Various Authors
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September 01, 1993

This article is an effort to bring together the ideas of several innovators who have invented methods of diagnosing duct leakage. [continue reading]

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Two Favorite Test Methods, By the Book

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September 01, 1993

The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has decided to improve protocols for two popular test methods for testing duct leakage in residences--the "blower door subtraction" technique and the "flow hood" technique. [continue reading]

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Mobile Homes: Small Zones, Big Problems

Author: Larry Kinney
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September 01, 1993

In mobile homes, the furnace is typically located in a tiny room in the middle of the structure. A distribution fan at the top of the furnace moves return air downward through a counter-flow heat exchanger to a plenum that connects to a single long supply trunk. [continue reading]

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Stories From the Buffer Zone

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September 01, 1993

When air handlers and ducts are located in buffer zones like basements, energy and air quality problems associated with duct leaks--as well as the diagnostic procedures employed to evaluate them--tend to be quite complex and problematic. [continue reading]

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Selecting an Infrared Imaging System

Author: John Snell
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July 01, 1993

Many of us in the energy conservation business are "techno-junkies." [continue reading]

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`Read Me Your Thermostat': Short-Term Evaluation Tools

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March 01, 1993

It's not easy to measure savings from energy conservation work, yet it is crucial for a job well done. [continue reading]

How Your Refrigerator Has Kept Its Cool Over 40 Years of Efficiency Improvements

Marianne DiMascio

How Your Refrigerator Has Kept Its Cool Over 40 Years of Efficiency Improvements

One of the great inventions of our time—the modern refrigerator—will get an efficiency makeover when new ...

Rob Nicely, Warrior for Sustainability

Tom White

Rob Nicely, Warrior for Sustainability

I was first impressed by Rob Nicely when I heard him speak these words to an audience of builders, designers, ...

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