The Future of Building Performance and the HVAC Industry
The building performance and HVAC industries are destined to interact in the marketplace, since they both work for and with millions of American homeowners and businesses. The two industries share important common ground in that ...
The International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC 2009 and 2012) require HVAC ducts to be tested to prove a minimum leakage of a rather easily obtained 12 CFM/100 square feet of conditioned floor area. While many states and localities ... [continue reading]
After I described how air can get sucked down the chimney and vent connector and flue, and out the draft diverter of the gas water heater, and into the basement, the mother, who was now ... [continue reading]
As any BPI Building Analyst will tell you, it’s hard to become adept at combustion testing. It takes lots of practice, in real houses, with real mechanical equipment. No amount of classroom training ... [continue reading]
Looking for a draft in a flue by measuring just the pressure in the flue—with reference to the combustion appliance zone, or CAZ—is a bit like discussing the speed of a ... [continue reading]
The green building community is sold on the value of certifications. For the worker, professional credentials demonstrate a degree of knowledge and skill. They help employers screen applicants and help energy efficiency program administrators set ... [continue reading]
On an ongoing basis, California’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs), in collaboration with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC), develop programs designed to promote residential energy efficiency. In 2010, recognizing ... [continue reading]
Reality-LLC is my consulting firm based in southern Arizona. Water is a precious resource here—as it is ...
One challenge seems to be at the forefront of a lot of the discussions I'm having with colleagues and ...