Using Zone Pressure Diagnostics for House Leakage Analysis

DETAILS FOR THE TRUTECH TRAINING WEBINAR:

Using Zone Pressure Diagnostics for House Leakage Analysis

How much leakage is through the attic, the basement, the attached garage? The only method for answering these questions This webinar addresses the ZPD basics to the advanced features. Learn about non-modifiable and modifiable zone analysis, the use of your digital manometer for ZPD testing, and the meaning of your results. The accurate and cutting-edge free Residential Energy Dynamics (RED) ZPD tool will be used for examples.

In this session we will:
* List the tools needed to perform ZPD
* Explain how to conduct a modifiable ZPD test to an attic, attached garage, or basement
* Discuss the results of modifiable zone analysis, including flow at CFM50 and area of leakage in each pressure boundary

 

Taught by Rick Karg

R Karg 2 2015Rick Karg is President at Residential Energy Dynamics (or RED) He received his M.A. in economics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1972. He taught economics at New Hampshire College and spent ten years as a building contractor before beginning his long career in the residential energy field.
He has worked with the DOE low-income weatherization program on national and state levels, is a frequent presenter at national energy conferences, has worked with gas and electric utilities, writes curricula, standards, and codes. Rick has been on the ASHRAE 62.2 committee since 2007, and serves as an editorial adviser for Home Energy magazine. He has been developing and marketing software for residential energy analysts since 1995.

He received the 2015 Phillip C. Hastings award from Efficiency Maine for “his outstanding leadership in the field of building science and energy efficiency”. In 2016 he was inducted into the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Hall of Fame.

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TruTechTools 10th Anniversary Contest

Help us celebrate 10 years in business with by entering our contest!

CLICK HERE to enter to win one of five (5) Limited Edition Veto TechPac stuffed with over $1200 in products.

10th anniv imageThese Limited Edition TechPacs (unstuffed) are also available for purchase: www.trutechtools.com/10thAnniv
Simply fill in the form at the link with three (3) phrases that come to mind when you think of TruTech Tools.
Be sure to fill in all your contact info. Only one entry form per person will be accepted.
Prize drawing will be at random from all properly completed entries.

Increase your chances of winning by shooting a video stating three (3) phrases that come to mind when you think of TruTech Tools. A video entry is worth five (5) entries and may be done in addition to the text/form entry. Email a link to your video entry (videos only, please) to TTTcontest@gmail.com. Video must be at least 1 minute long but no longer than 3 minutes. Multiple video entries will not count more than once towards the drawing.

By completing a form or emailing in a video, you release all rights for any content you create to TruTechTools, LTD. Any taxes are the responsibility of the winner.

Contest closes on April 21, 2017 at 11:590PM Eastern. Winners will be announced on April 25, 2017 via social media and our website. Contest open to US residents only that are over 18 years of age.

TruTech Tools 10th Anniversary Contest Rules

Prizes in the pac:

Item  VALUE
Limited Edition Embroidered Veto Tech Pac $270
FooBot Indoor Air Quality Monitor $199
Testo Refrigeration Smartprobe kit, plus testo swag $266
Bacharach Snifit CO Detectors $250
UEi DL479 True RMS Clamp meter $100
Redfish BlueTooth Multimeter, clamp probe and case $230

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ASHRAE 62.2 (2016): Using the New Standard in the Field

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Below are links to the slides and a recording of a webinar presented in March 2017 by a member of the ASHRAE 62.2 committee. Viewers will understand how to use the new ASHRAE 62.2-2016 Standard, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Residential Buildings. The presenter, Rick Karg, focuses on existing dwellings and covers the details of the new ventilation Standard. The steps of sizing ventilation, both local and whole-building, are addressed in detail using the free web application by www.ResidentialEnergyDynamics.com (RED). [Note: Karg is the president of RED.]

New features of the 2016 Standard are made clear, including expanded scope, horizontally-attached dwelling considerations, de minimis for existing dwelling whole-building ventilation rate, updated provisions for new kitchen exhaust fans, and clarification of the alternative compliance path. With the help of the free, online RED ASHRAE 62.2-2016 tool, viewers will be able to accurately calculate ventilation needs for any existing or new dwelling.

Intended viewers: building performance and HVAC contractors, low-income weatherization analysts, code enforcement officers, or anyone interested in learning more about ASHRAE 62.2-2016.

Slides: ASHRAE 622-2016 Using the New Standard in the Field 2017

Video Recording of Webinar: LINK

Need tools for ventilation testing?: www.TruTechTools.com/

Need advice on how to test? Call 1-888-224-3437

 

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HERS Rater Training in May

HERS Raters are qualified to: perform duct tightness and blower door testing for home builders, certify projects for the ENERGY STAR program, rate new homes in all states (except CA), and assist homeowners with problems such as ice dams, moisture, and mold.

Become a HERS Rater with the NEHERS Alliance!
Early Bird Discount: Register by April 11th and get $200 off!

Online Component:

May 1st-May 12th, 2017 – Weekdays 9am-12pm

5-Day Classroom/Field Component:

May 15th-19th, 2017 –  Weekdays 8:30am-5pm – Fitchburg, MA

Training Fee is $2495 (Get $200 off if you register by April 11th!) and includes $1895 for the combined online and classroom components and all four RESNET exam fees, a $600 value.

The training includes: a brand new module to prepare students to take the Practical Simulation Exam;  all four RESNET Exam Fees- including the new Practical Simulation Exam ($600 total value); the Northeast HERS Training and Reference Manual ($100 value); a one-year Associate Membership in the Alliance ($50 value); 30 hours of online study; 5 days of classroom/field study; a thorough review of basic energy concepts; field experience with blower door testing and duct blasting; two of the five supervised ratings required by RESNET; and training on the latest version of rating software. Both online and classroom components are required for rater certification. Final registration deadline is April 18, 2017. For more information contact Betsy Ames at betsy@nehers.org or call/text 978-633-3013 or register online at http://www.nehers.org/event?EventID=1555. Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Linked In!

See the brochure:

HERS RATER TRAINING MAY 2017

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Pollutant sensors and their implications

Free online event, too

Personal Environmental Exposure Measurements: Making Sense and Making Use of Emerging Capabilities

November 16-17, 2016
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Keck Center, Room 100, 500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

http://nas-sites.org/emergin…/personal-exposure-measurement/WEBCAST will be available.

“…This workshop will explore the nuanced implications of citizen access to individual-level environmental exposure data. The workshop will bring together environmental health researchers, social scientists, business and consumer representatives, science policy experts, and other professionals at the forefront of emerging technologies, ethics, science communication, and public engagement. Workshop participants will provide an overview of the trends, tests, technologies, and other emerging capabilities that enable access to individual-level environmental exposure data, and discuss their implications for risk communication, public engagement, decision making, among other key considerations for both scientists and citizens.

Register now:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/personal-environmental-exposure…

Preliminary Agenda
http://nas-sites.org/…/personal-exposure-m…/workshop-agenda/

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Linda Wigington on IAQ Radio: Nov 11, 2016 12 PM EST

The Nexus of Energy and IAQ
& Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Spaces (ROCIS)
 
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IAQ Radio (www.iaqradio.com) welcomes energy efficiency and building science expert Linda Wigington. Through her company, Linda M. Wigington Associates, she is involved in initiatives to evaluate and redefine the process, scope, and value of residential energy reductions.
The program airs on Friday, Nov 11, 2016 at noon, Eastern time. Listen in by clicking this link: www.iaqradio.com. It will be archived for later listening at the same link a few days after broadcast.
She is demonstrating the feasibility of achieving deep reductions (beyond 70%) in existing dwellings through North American Thousand Home Challenge.
Some may know her better as being the founder of and being associated with the Affordable Comfort Conference from its inception in 1986, (when she worked for ACTION-Housing in Pittsburgh, PA), through 2013. As program director, she convened the program committees and confirmed the agendas for over 50 North American and regional conferences. These events have been instrumental in promoting an integrated approach to health, safety, durability, and energy performance.
Linda has also been a technical consultant for residential utility programs. She was a founding member of the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) board of directors (2009) and is a board member of Community Solutions based in Yellow Springs, OH, and Cornerstone Care, a community health center serving several counties in southwestern PA.
She has led the Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Air ROCIS initiative since its inception in June 2014, and the ROCIS Low Cost Monitoring Project since it began in September 2015. In the past Linda served as an advisor for Habitat for Humanity International’s Green Team and is currently on the Editorial Board of Home Energy magazine. She received the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy’s 2002 Champion of Energy Efficiency Award. LEARN MORE with Linda Wigington on IAQ Radio!

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A Compilation of Current Home Performance Standards

THIS ARTICLE WAS REVISED on 6-21-16 with more complete info on the table attached.

You may not be aware, but there are several Home Performance standards currently available to the public.

We have put together a table that compares the different diagnostics tests that each standard calls for.

Table comparing home performance diagnostic testing standards Rev 1

Further details on the following major categories of products may be found at the links below:

Combustion Analyzers

Ambient CO Meters

Gas Leak Detectors

Blower Doors

Duct Leakage Testers

AirFlow Meters

Thermal Imagers

Moisture Meters

Electrical Measurements

Here is a detailed listing of these standards:

ACCA Standard 12 (ANSI): Home Evaluation and Performance Improvement

Get a free copy here: www.bit.ly/ACCA-12

 

ACCA Standard 5 (ANSI): HVAC Quality Installation Verification Protocols

Get a free copy here: www. www.bit.ly/ACCA-5

 

BPI 1200 (ANSI): Standard Practice for Basic Analysis of Buildings

Get a free copy here: http://www.bit.ly/bpi1200

 

RESNET Advisory Standards: Chapter 8, Standard for Performance Testing and Work Scope

View here for free: www.bit.ly/RESNET-standards

(Will be updated by amendment with some reference to RESNET Standard 380, likely by Fall 2016.)

 

RESNET 380: Standard for Testing Air Tightness of Building Enclosures, Airtightness of Heating and Cooling Air Distribution Systems and Airflow of Mechanical Ventilation Systems

Get a free copy here: bit.ly/resnet380

Not yet in effect. This standard will likely supersede some parts of RESNET Chapter 8, likely by Fall 2016.)

 

 

 

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