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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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RE-cap of RaterFest 2013

“It wasn’t exactly as we planned. However, RaterFest! 2013 may well be the most memorable RaterFest ever, if for no better reason than the “biblical” level of flooding that our locale received starting Thursday morning, the kickoff day for the event. We were supposed to be at a super lovely place in the mountains…” READ MORE

Bill Spohn, President of TruTech Tools showing the new AirFlow Trainer they developed.

Bill Spohn, President of TruTech Tools showing the new AirFlow Trainer they developed.

Bill Spohn of TruTech Tools took the stage next, and we had the world premiere of the TruTech Airflow trainer. Bill guided the audience through a detailed and fascinating discussion of the right and wrong, the true and false of airflow testing and then entertained a mob of folks around the trainer. Awesome!

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ASHRAE 62.2-2013 Ventilation Standard Webinar by Rick Karg (slides)

See a VIDEO recording: HERE

SLIDES : The Past and Future of Ventilating Dwellings – ASHRAE 622-2013

Learn  how to better use the new ASHRAE 62.2-2013 Standard, Ventilation and Acceptable indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings. There is a focus on existing dwellings and coverage of the details of the ventilation standard that will soon be adopted by BPl. The steps of sizing ventilation, both local and whole-building, are addressed in detail using the free web app by Residential Energy Dynamics (REDCALC).

The BPI Building Airflow Standard (based on ASHRAE 62-1989) and ASHRAE 62.2-2010 is addressed, giving historical context for the latest ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2013. The 3 versions are compared, however, the major focus is on 62.2-2013.

Those who will benefit: building performance and HVAC contractors, low-income weatherization analysts, code enforcement officers, or anyone interested in learning more about 62.2-2013.

karg* Rick Karg, President Residential Energy Dynamics , LLC , Bethel, Maine.
Rick has worked in the residential energy business since 1980 with home performance contractors, low-income weatherization programs, and utilities, as a trainer, writer, researcher, and building scientist. He managed the Maine Home Performance Program from 2006 to 2009, has been a member of the ASHRAE 62.2 committee since 2007 (he leads the existing dwellings group), is an editorial advisor for Home Energy magazine, and is a member of the “ask the experts” group for the Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center (www.waptac.org). He serves as a volunteer advisor to the Department of Energy and the Building Performance Institute on dwelling ventilation and has served as a BPl trainer, proctor, and mentor.
Within the last year, Rick has started a new business, RED with Charlie Holly. RED’s first line of web-based applications is RED Calc Free, on-line tools for residential energy professionals: http://www.ResidentialEnergyDynamics.com

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Mechanical Ventilation and ASHRAE 62.2-2013 Webinar (slides, recording and more)

GET THE SLIDES HERE–> Trutech Ventilation Webinar 1013

PRESENTED LIVE on 9-17-13 and 10-8-13

VIDEO RECORDING OF SESSION: HERE

Paul’s  quick guide to testing Range hood air flow:Range hood testing using a duct tester

As homes become increasingly tight, mechanical ventilation increases in importance. National building codes, standards and programs are requiring the design, installation, testing, and documentation of ventilation systems. Participants in this course will come away with a better understanding of the science behind and mechanical ventilation technologies. Topics will include using the latest ASHRAE 62.2 Standard for sizing the systems for the right airflow for whole house and local ventilation, use of the infiltration credit, selecting the system, differences between ERVs and HRVs, use of controls, and installed system testing and documentation.

Intended Participants: building performance & HVAC contractors, and those interested in building science or becoming better building performance contractors

Trainer’s Biography:
Paul H. Raymer
Author of the Residential Ventilation Handbook
Member of the ASHRAE 62.2 SSPC since 2002
Chief Investigator, Heyoka Solutions, LLC
Falmouth, MA

Paul H. Raymer has been working with building science for more than thirty years. He is the author of the Residential Ventilation Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 2010) and writes a regular tool column in “Home Energy Magazine”. Formerly the IAQ liaison for the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI), he has developed more than twenty ventilation related product lines and served as a consultant for a wide array of ventilation product manufacturers including Broan-NuTone, Air King, Panasonic, APV Vent Axia, Greenwood Airvac, and Fantech. He has designed ventilation systems for home builders including Acorn Homes, Deck House, Continental Homes, Ryan Homes, K Hovnanian, and Beazer Homes. He has taught ventilation courses across the country at weatherization programs and conferences, at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. He is BPI Envelope, Building Analyst, Heating Professional and AC/Heat Pump certified, a BPI Super Proctor, and a certified HERS Rater, and a member of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE). He is also a Certified IREC/ANSI Assessor.

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The Service Assistant by Field Diagnostic Systems Inc.

Introducing one of the most advanced tools EVER to hit the HVACR market:

fielddiagnosticshvacserviceasstThe Service Assistant by Field Diagnostic Systems Inc.

The true power of the Service Assistant by Field Diagnostic Services is readily apparent when you review the reports that are possible.

Commercial Green Report

Executive Report Commercial (2)

Residential Exec Summary

Service Assistant Brochure

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Introduction to Home Performance for Heating Contractors

UPDATED: 12-14-12

Hap Haven just delivered an OUTSTANDING webinar on the topic of An Introduction to Home Performance for Heating Contractors.

You can watch a recording HERE or download a copy of the slides here-> INTRO TO HP – HVAC.

Fasten your seatbelts and take this fast-paced ride into the newest billion dollar industry. Home Performance is uniquely suited for the heating & AC contractor. That’s because you have already mastered many of the most important components. Come learn how Home Performance and HVAC overlap, how to expand your business in a flat market and how to position yourself for the future.

As part of this webinar you will:
1) See a brief history of Home Performance and whole house thinking
2) Understand how an Energy Audit leads to more sales
3) Get an overview of the cool tools used in the industry
4) Learn how to talk to a heater

FOR more webinars by TruTech Tools, LTD go to http://www.TruTechTools.com/webinars

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What’s HOT in the TOOL world! – Bill Spohn to speak at ACCA Western-PA meeting – Oct. 4

Bill Spohn from TruTech Tools will be demonstrating what’s new in the world of HVACR tools and test instruments.

Also presenting will be representatives from Ritchie/Yellow Jacket, Hilti Tools, and United Rentals.
And meet the “Student of the Month” from Triangle Tech!

Mark your calendar and be sure to join us!

Peter’s Place
1199 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017
(Exit 55 off I79N or I79S)

3:00 pm – Board Meeting
5:30 – 6:00 pm – Social Hour (cash bar)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Guest Speakers
7:00 pm – Social Hour restarts (cash bar)
7:00 pm Dinner – $40.00 (cash, check, credit card)

Dinner Selection: Prime Rib or Virginia Spots

RSVP: 724-779-1860 (phone or fax) – NO cancellations after October 2

SEE ACCA W-PA October 2012 meeting notice FOR SIGN UP FORM AND MORE DETAILS.

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