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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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Resources for IECC Infiltration and Duct Leakage Testing / BPI’s IDL Certification

THIS PAGE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS – CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.

 

Energy code status: State by State: www.energycodesocean.org/

BPI’s NEW Infiltration and Duct Leakage Certification

SEE the video recording of the November 6, 2014 webinar HERE. (the video may have some synching issues that we are working on)

Deliver the tests that builders need to meet IECC codes for air infiltration and duct leakage.

Earning the IDL certification is a simple, comprehensive and affordable way for technicians of builders, remodelers, HVAC and insulation contractors to gain skills needed to offer duct leakage and blower door tests, in compliance with IECC codes for new home construction or existing home remodels.

Passing the exam (field exam only) verifies you can conduct duct leakage and blower door tests to the ASTM E1554-07 standard. Begin with this affordable, single measure credential and work your way up to BPI’s “house-as-a-system” certifications using real-time field experience.

Contact any BPI Test Center for the hands-on training you may need to prepare for BPI’s IDL field exam.

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Retrotec DM2A Systems On Sale Now, But Hurry!

This Promotional Offer Expires on August 31

While Supplies Last

For this very limited time, order the:

A1Retrotec US-1000 Blower Door w/ DM2A Manometer                

For just $2295

With flat rate shipping 

($45 to any of the lower 48 United States)!

Finally, the quality and features you want at a price you can afford. With a .75 horsepower Model US-1000 Fan, capable of up to 6300 CFM, the 1000 system is more than capable of testing both air leakages in both residential and small commercial structures. The brand new shell design includes a 10 year warranty.

OR

A2Retrotec DU-200 Duct Tightness Tester w/ DM2A Manometer

                 For just $1595

 With flat rate shipping                                                 ($25 to any of the lower 48 United States)!

The Retrotec DucTester is designed specifically to measure residential duct leakage. It is used to locate duct leaks and to measure the results of duct sealing. Use this model to verify duct leakage for compliance with codes such as Title 24 in California. The DucTester can also be used in conjunction with a blower door to neutralize duct leaks to indoors so that only duct leakage to outdoors is measured.

CHECK OUT OUR DROP TEST VIDEO TO SEE

JUST HOW DURABLE IS THE US1000!

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INTRODUCING the all new RETROTEC DM32 TOUCH-SCREEN DIGITAL MANOMETER

dm32

 

With touchscreen Controls, Wi-FI Capability and pre-programmed functions, set your parameters and test at the tap of a button.

The visual/graphic on screen cues make set up errors a thing of the past!

DOWNLOAD the new QuickGuide for the DM32 for more details.

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Get FREE OnLine Training from RETROTEC-$300 value – Limited time offer – BPI CEUs

That’s right, RETROTEC is offering a special promotion that nets you FREE OnLINE Blower Door and DucTester training worth $300! Also earn BPI CEUs!

This offer is only good for qualifying purchases* from TruTech Tools made by December 31, 21012.

See course descriptions, below.

* A qualifying purchase includes a COMPLETE RETROTEC blower door or COMPLETE DucTester system. (Systems sold without digital manometers do not qualify.)

COMPLETE SYSTEMS INCLUDE:

BLOWER DOOR MODELS: US-1000, Q4E QMG

DUCTESTERS: DU-200

Level 1 – The Science of Air Leakage in BuildingsBPI Recognized for 3.5 CEU Credits
Acquire a solid understanding of the role that air leakage plays in buildings. The principles we will discuss apply to residential houses, the duct systems in those houses, apartment buildings, office buildings, commercial buildings, industrial buildings, and other large buildings and/or structures covering a multiplicity of uses.Since air leakage simultaneously affects energy conservation, air quality, building integrity and even safety, it is the goal of this Level 1 training to provide a basic understanding of the building science that affects that interplay, what measurements can be made, and how the results are of value.Level 2 goes on to teach how to make measurements on residential houses while Level 3 does the same for large buildings.

Level 2 Using Residential Air Leakage Measurement EquipmentBPI Recognized for 3.0 CEU Credits
Grasp the basic functionality of the DM-2 digital gauge, blower door system, and smoke puffer accessories. Learn and completely understand the sensitive differential pressure gauges used in measuring and diagnosing air leakage in residential buildings. Learn how door fans (blower doors) work and how to use them effectively. Quantify duct leakage and locate problems.

HOW IT WORKS:

1. Purchase a qualifying product. (See above*)

2. Within 24 hours, TruTech will send you a link to the training site plus your username and password.

3. You will see Air Tightness Testing Level 1 and Level 2 as available courses.You can now begin the coursework. Take the quizzes when you are ready. An average grade of 85% is required to pass. Certificates will be issued upon course completion to students who received an average of 85% in both a Level 1 and a Level 2 course.

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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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BlowerDoor and DuctBlaster(R) FAQs

Ever wonder if it was you, the equipment or just Murphy’s Law getting in the way of getting your work done?

Take a glance at these fast FAQs provided by our friends at The Energy Conservatory on BlowerDoor and DuctBlaster(R) testing.

Blower Door and DuctBlaster FAQs

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