Category Archives: Home Performance

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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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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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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NEW SPEC on RETROTEC US-1000 Blower door featuring a Touchscreen Digital Manometer

US1000 with DM32

 

get the details: Spec-Blower Door US 1000

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INTRODUCING the all new RETROTEC DM32 TOUCH-SCREEN DIGITAL MANOMETER

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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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2 Day Thermography course in the Pittsburgh Area

INFRARED THERMOGRAPHY TRAINING with Monroe Infrared Technology 

2 DAY BASICS WORKSHOP
Earn 7.5 BPI Continuing Education Units (CEU) in this 2 day hands-on course, which emphasizes practical knowledge learning, field training and includes a course  exam.

Infrared Thermography <–Flier

Learn how to successfully operate the handheld infrared camera and efficiently incorporate it in businesses. The course gives new and experienced thermographers a solid understanding of infrared energy audit practices. Because the course is occurring at the Pittsburgh Green House, a typical 110-year old home and weatherization training center, the training will be mostly hands-on in real  scenarios.

NOTE: This workshop is limited to 16 participants. Please register to reserve your spot.
COST: $550/person, $1000/group of 2
May 14 + 15, 2013 — 8:30AM to 4:00PM

LOCATED AT:
Pittsburgh Green House — 308 North Sheridan Avenue — Pittsburgh, PA 15206
REGISTER ONLINE AT http://www.PITTSBURGHGREENHOUSE.ORG
OR CALL (412) 362-4744

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Introducing SnuggPro: A new sales tool for contractors and Energy Auditors

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SnuggPro is a cloud-based laptop and iPad sales tool for residential contractors and energy auditors.

Save time & create compelling homeowner reports to engage with your customers like never before.  

Here are 10 reasons you’ll love SnuggPro
1. It’s Windows, Mac & iPad ready so you can use SnuggPro on your preferred device.
2. Simple data entry helps you learn SnuggPro ridiculously fast.
3. An intuitive interface will save time on every audit.
4. Highly accurate results will boost your credibility with homeowners.
5. 17 types of energy-saving calculations let you suggest the optimal upgrade package.
6. Templates for boilerplate text means you don’t have to re-invent the wheel with every report.
7. Photo manager lets you easily edit and upload images on the fly.
8. Beautiful customized reports help homeowners understand your findings and solutions.
9. Effective sales & proposal tool means you can convert more audits into ugpgrades.
10. Energy Analysis Engine from OptiMiser provides a robust foundation for all your energy modeling needs.

Discover more reasons to love SnuggPro
Visit the SnuggPro website to learn more


Test-drive SnuggPro for free:

Sign up for a 14-day trial.

There are no upfront costs. To cancel the free trial, simply stop using SnuggPro within 14 days and you won’t be charged a dime.
Visit SnuggPro for more details

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New Low Level CO-Alarm

Defender LL6070

Details here: LINK

Instruction manual here:  Defender Low Level CO Alarm

 

 

 

 

Defender LL6070 Low Level Carbon Monoxide Monitor ( Call for quantity pricing! )

The Defender LL6070 Sealed Lithium Battery Powered low level carbon monoxide monitor continuously displays CO levels detected of 5 PPM or more.

Visual alert signals are activated when 10 PPM of CO is detected, and visual and audible alarm signals at 15 PPM.

The factory sealed lithium batteries are non-removable, and warranted to power the monitor for minimum of 3 years

Accurate, Reliable Electrochemical Sensor
Integrated Filter for Removing Nuisance Gases
Extra-Large Alpha Numeric LCD Readout
Samples for Carbon Monoxide Every 5 seconds
Auto. Displays Current CO Levels of 5 PPM or more
Intuitive Alarm, Power and Service LED’s
Low Level Alert: 4 Red LED Flashes per minute
10 PPM 10 mins., reset suspends for 24 hrs.
Low Level Alarm: 4 Beeps/Flashing LED per minute
15 PPM 60 mins., mute silences for 12 hrs
Mute is auto. overridden if CO rises to 25 PPM
Mid-Hi Level Alarm: 4 Beeps/Flashing LED per 5 secs
25 PPM 30 mins, mute silences for 5 mins.
50 PPM 15 mins, mute silences for 5 mins.
100 PPM 5 mins, no mute
150 PPM 3 mins, no mute
Manually Displays Peak CO Level from 5 to 500 PPM
Manually Displays Peak Duration from 0-999 minutes
Separate Test and Memory Buttons
Integrated Battery Activation/Deactivation Switch
Self Diagnostic Circuitry and Sensor Life Monitor
Secure-Lock Mounting System
Three Year Ltd Factory Warranty for Alarm Batteries

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16+16 Level I Infrared Thermographer Course

Themography Certification

Finally, you can earn Level I Thermography Certification without missing an entire week of work!

Our 16+16 course is a two-part, ASNT compliant program which combines 16-hours of classroom and hands-on education with 16-hours of online learning.  This unique approach allows you to complete your Level I training without missing a week of work or incurring added travel costs.

 16-hour Classroom & Hands-on Training

Our classroom segments combine theory and application discussions with hands-on camera experiments. From thermodynamics to proper level and span settings, we take a step-by-step approach to teaching the “how and why” behind each action. Through hands-on exercises you’ll learn the importance of proper camera settings and how to collect, capture, and diagnose thermal findings.

16-hour Online Learning Program

Using an ASNT compliant program which has successfully trained thousands of thermographers worldwide, our online segment features narrated presentations, self-directed activities, and practice quizzes designed to supplement our classroom training. The online program and accompanying printed book include the learning materials required for you to remotely complete the theory portion of Level I training.

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The online segment can be completed before, during, or after your classroom training.

Hands-on Training

This component is key to our program, as it provides an opportunity for you to experiment with different infrared cameras through instructor lead, hands-on exercises. You’ll learn about the power of heat transfer, reflectance, and emissivity as you discover what it takes to capture a quality thermal image. By the end of the two days you will be able to properly setup, focus, and capture infrared images using a thermal imager.

Demo Cameras Provided by FLIR®, FLUKE® and TESTO®

During training you have the opportunity to demo infrared cameras from today’s leading manufacturers. Discover the benefits of features such as high resolution detectors, digital camera integration, and Wi-fi capability. This is a great opportunity to try different thermal imagers before deciding which to buy.

Level I Certified Infrared Thermographer Exam Included

Students who successfully complete the online and hands-on training components are eligible to take a final written exam to earn Level I Certification through Infraspection Institute®. Exam may be completed in-class or online (PC with web camera required).

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HVAC To Home Performance Heating Contractors: the Business Case

SLIDES HERE: Mike Rogers HVAC to HomePerformance

RECORDED VERSION HERE

60+ minutes Instructor: Mike Rogers

HVAC To Home Performance

Are you running a residential HVAC business and looking for new ways to expand your business and increase revenue?

Are you interested in learning more about “Home Performance” to understand how your HVAC customers—and your business—would benefit from a more comprehensive approach to heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning?

This session will provide HVAC contractors an overview of the enormous opportunity the exists in incorporating home performance into an HVAC company, and share key concepts to help you evaluate if home performance is the right next step to grow your business.

Intended Participants: HVAC business owners, managers, and key personnel

Agenda:
Home Performance Overview
The Market Opportunity for Home Performance
Margins, Costs, and Profitability—The Numbers
Is this right for me?

PRESENTER BIOGRAPHY

Presenter Mike Rogers is a nationally recognized expert in home performance contracting. Previously, he was Senior Vice President at GreenHomes America. a leading home performance contractor and franchisor, and led development of the GreenHomes business. He has extensive experience in home performance contracting, from individual homes to the state and federal level. For 15 years he has been a frequent presenter at national conferences and meetings in the energy-efficiency, green building, and indoor air quality industries.  Mike had an 11-year affiliation with the U.S. EPA as an employee and consultant, where he was a lead developer and primary supporter of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program.

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