Category Archives: Energy Audit

Using Zone Pressure Diagnostics for House Leakage Analysis

DETAILS FOR THE TRUTECH TRAINING WEBINAR:

Using Zone Pressure Diagnostics for House Leakage Analysis

REGISTER FOR May 11, 2017 at 11 am Eastern: CLICK HERE

REGISTER FOR May 24, 2017 at 4 pm Eastern: CLICK HERE

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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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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What’s a datalogger?

In today’s data-driven world of satellite uplinks, wireless networks, and the Internet, it is common to hear the terms “data logging” and “data loggers” and not really have a firm grasp of what they are.

Most people have a vague idea that data logging involves electronically collecting information about the status of something in the environment, such as temperature, relative humidity, or energy use.

They’re right, but that’s just a small view of what data logging is. In the fields of building performance and environmental research, everyone seems to be using data loggers. But what are they, and why are they useful?

Onset/Hobo the world’s leading manufacturer of dataloggers, has prepared this primer to the world of dataloggers, giving you a straight forward overview of this fascinating area of measurement science!

datalooger overviewCLICK HERE FOR A OVERIVEW OF data-logger-basics

 

If you are interested in purchasing a datalogger, click HERE

 

 

 

 

 

All info courtesy of and (C) Onset Computer Corporation

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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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What can I do with IAQ?

What Can I do with IAQ? (SLIDES)

Indoor air quality remains a major opportunity for companies doing whole house auditing and retrofit work. Yet despite growing health concerns amongst consumers, and increasing incidences of asthma, the challenges of capturing IAQ leads, testing homes affordably and converting to comprehensive solutions are as vexing as ever. In this webinar, industry veteran and tools expert Bill Spohn discussed his vast experience in the field, including how to affordably test homes, what homeowners are looking for and how to develop retrofits that solve air quality issues.

Points covered

1. Understand the key parameters of IAQ measurement;

2. Learn about cost effective tools and approaches to test indoor air quality affordably;

3. Learn about mitigation measures that address specific indoor air quality problems.

Presenter:

Bill Spohn,
President & CEO
TruTech Tools, LTD

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Filed under ASHRAE 62.2, BPI Standards, Carbon Monoxide, Carbon Monoxide Testing, Energy Audit, Home Performance, HVAC, IAQ, The Business of Home Performance Contracting, Training

TruTech Tools has The Defender LL6070

The Defender LL6070 CO Monitor is Designed for Early Detection  Because Prevention is the Only Guaranteed Protection

Defender LL6070 Monitor can give you crucial, early warning of a developing CO problem. Even mild exposure to Carbon Monoxide, can cause flu-like symptoms including headaches, nausea, vomitting, and fatigue, especially for high risk individuals. Most CO monitors are designed to detect moderate to high levels of CO exposure that may only affect healthy adults.

This new, ultra-low level carbon monoxide monitor employs an electrochemical sensor for precision detection. It continuously displays CO levels of 5 ppm or more. A visual alert is activated when 10 PPM of CO is detected, and visual and audible alarms begin at 15 PPM. Its’ quick, easy and secure mounting system makes it ideal for single and multi-family homes, nursing homes, and daycare facilities.

Do you know the key differences between UL-2034, the Standard for Safety of Single and Multiple Station Carbon Monoxide Alarmsand Low Level CO alarms?

The Defender LL6070 is intended to alarm when exposed to long term, low levels of CO and slightly higher, short term transient levels of CO, UL-2034 Alarms are NOT.

When a UL 2034 alarm goes off, it IS an emergency! A Defender LL6070 Monitor can give you early warning of a developing CO problem, so you can prevent it.

Defender LL6070

TruTech Tools is pleased to offer the all new Defender LL6070 low level CO Alarm for only $149 each!

*Call us 1-888-224-3437, for bulk pricing if you wish to offer these for sale as a service to your clients.

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Where To Find Talent For Todays Skilled Trades

~ Liz Crawley, August 23, 2013

Graduates in Cap and Gown

In my career history, I have assisted skilled workers find temp-to-hire jobs, advised young adults on how to pursue employment, and most recently, aided college students in determining a direction for their academic major. In each of these roles, I have noticed a disappointing trend.

We keep pushing young adults to get an education and earn a degree, but we do not offer a great deal of help beyond that. “What should I do with this degree?” is a question, that often gets left unanswered.

While working for the university, I ran into several of my graduated students in restaraunts, retail shops, and fast food chains. These students are told there are no jobs and they are unsure if or how they are going to use their education.

At TruTech Tools, our own Bill Spohn shares a concern with me, a concern that these young adults are not fully aware of the career opportunies and earning potential that exists in skilled trades.

Bill Spohn, PE & CEO/Co-Owner of TruTech Tools (TM), LTD is cited in BEC- The hidden talent pool for the skilled trades-1-1, a recent article from Business and Education Connected (BE Connected). In this article, Bill Spohn expresses his concern that too few students are interested in pursuing careers in the trades sector.

Rather than ask why the problem exists, BE Connected proposes a solution, but I won’t give away the ending. Check out this article and please consider how you can do your part. BEC- The hidden talent pool for the skilled trades-1-1

 

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