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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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The shortage of skilled workers: A powerful infographic

Check out this info graphic developed by www.ExploreTheTrades.org

Powerful info about our economic future….

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Air Conditioning Testing for Energy Auditors – 6/5/15 Pittsburgh class

testing airflow with a testo 416

Date and time: Friday, June 5th 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

CCI Center
64 South 14th Street Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Instructors: Bill Spohn & Rhett Major

more info contact: info@deawp.org

4 BPI CEU’s have been approved for this course.

The course will cover methods to test residential AC systems for their relative efficiency (both unit and total system efficiency) with out the need to attach pressure gauges to the refrigerant lines.

Using simple techniques, and some more complex, with a variety of tools, we will explore the options of testing system airflow, total external static pressure, and dry bulb and wet bulb temperature changes to determine if air conditioners are operating within normal parameters, or should be referred for service.

The course will include both classroom training on the basics of the refrigeration cycle, airflow testing methods, and Enthalpy change, and will include hands on testing of an air conditioning system to measure airflow, and both sensible and latent heat change.

Written Handouts from Tru Tech Tools(AC Performance worksheet, Enthalpy Tables, etc.), will help provide the basis for our testing.

FEES: DEAWP current members:$195.00,   Non-member:$245.00 (Ask about membership options)
Course price includes lunch!

Contact – Rhett Major to register – theenergydoctor@comcast.net  or 724-863-5986!

Or mail your contact info and check to:

The Energy Doctor
1739 Guffey Rd.
North Huntingdon, PA 15642

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iManifold APP quick guide

iManifold_Quickguide_screen_shotHOT OFF THE PRESSES! (electronic presses that is)

The iManifold APP quick guide.

iManifold Quick-Start-Guide rev0

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Bill Spohn, President and CEO of TruTech Tools Ltd., joins the Home Energy Magazine Board of Directors

As a customer or fan of TruTech Tools, LTD, you have a connection. Not just any connection, but a strong connection to a vast network committed to improving your work, your profit potential, and the policies that govern your industry. Your connection and your network just expanded.

The Home Energy Board of Directors also gained a valuable asset by bringing on Bill Spohn, President and CEO of TruTech Tools, Ltd. Home Energy Magazine is concerned with providing you objective and practical information on residential energy efficiency, performance, comfort and affordability. To be on the Board of Directors, candidates must have the right credentials such as experience in a corporate governance position, but also they must possess the same zeal for improving residential energy efficiency and furthering your industry.

To be invited to be a Director, a candidate has to deal directly with residential energy, HVAC and building contractors across the nation; bring a market-driven supplier viewpoint; have a deep understanding of contractor needs and attitudes; and have the ability to further Home Energy’s role as a bridge between the Home Performance and HVAC communities.

“Bill’s unique background in instrumentation, HVAC, and business development, combined with his reputation as a trusted resource in related technical and education communities, well serves Home Energy’s needs during a time of unique challenges for our industry.” ~Tom White, Home Energy Magazine.

As President and CEO of TruTech Tools, Ltd., Bill Spohn is dedicated to this very mission of providing you with relevant and practical information, supplying your needs, and furthering your industry. He represents you and your industry, and he is proud to be your connection to Home Energy Magazine and the greater network within  your industry.

By Liz Crawley, Marketing Asst. TTT, LTD.

 

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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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Our TruView: FLIR’s NEW THERMAL IMAGING CAMERAS AND TEST AND MEASURMENT PRODUCTS

CaseyCasey1 TruTech Tools was pleased to be present at FLIR’s distributor launch of nine new Thermal Imaging Cameras and an exciting line of new Test and Measurement products. FLIR’s President and CEO, Andy Teich gave a superb overview of FLIR’s mission to take “IR everywhere.” Teich noted how FLIR provides a customer focused package of Design, Functionality, Value, Ruggedness, and Support in everything they do. Additionally, FLIR has created a complete ecosystem for managing information with apps and software along with BlueTooth and WiFi enabled products that combine physical measurement data and thermal images to maximize your efforts and share your results. Traditional IR imaging only allows you to see beyond visible rages into the world of heat signatures. Kudos to FLIR for incorporating their patented Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging technology (MSX) into ALL E-Series cameras, even the $995 Model E-4. Rather than simply blending visual and thermal images (dilution), MSX takes thermal image quality to the next level by augmenting a thermal image with details from a visible image. In one sense, there is almost no longer a need for a separate digital image as FLIR’s new MSX technology embosses digital camera detail right into thermal images. Seeing Is Believing

Electrical Panel Thermal Only

Electrical Panel Thermal Only

Electrical Panel With MSX

Electrical Panel With MSX

Electrical Panel Picture in Picture

Electrical Panel Picture in Picture

MSX TECHNOLGY AND DARK PRECISION, TOGETHER FLIR E8 The new Thermal Imaging Cameras include the all new E4, E5, E6, and E8 models, the second generation E40, E50, and E60 and the utra-performance T-600 and T-600bx. Starting at $995, with a camera for all budget ranges, the new E-Series models feature FLIR’s patented Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging technology (MSX) which raises key visible details from an on-board high resolution digital camera onto the infrared image. MSX makes it much easier to identify and locate issues while preserving the full integrity of the thermal image. FLIR’s new Dark Precision interface is simple but powerful, making the cameras easier than ever to use. Details on each of these new E-Series cameras can be found HERE. CLICK HERE for an interactive experience using FLIR thermal imaging to find and address the common household energy wasting culprits. THE NEXT GENERATION OF TEST AND MEASUREMENT FLIR T&M FLIR’s new line of test and measurement products builds upon 50 years of work serving military, government, and commercial customers, with a commitment to innovation, quality, and reliability. What impressed us most, about the new line of T&M products was the added features designed to meet the needs of customers to solve tough, real-world, field problems. Problems like ghost voltages from VFD’s and lighting in the work-space were considered and addressed. The NEW T&M line includes the CM78 Clamp Meter, CM83 RMS Power Clamp, MR77 Pinless Moisture Psychrometer, DM93 True RMS Industrial Mulitmeter, and the VP50 Non-Contact Voltage Detector and Flashlight. All these high-end  T&M products include powerful (nearly blinding!) work lights and IR thermometers, and METERLINK (BlueTooth) technology which lets you wirelessly add readings of electrical and moisture data to the infrared image on your FLIR Cameras (Exx series and up). Even the non-contact voltage detector includes a powerful work-light and indicates by vibration in your palm, not in your fingertips – a sensation you don’t want to feel when looking for “hot” lines! CONTACT: Eric or Josh 1-888-224-3437  OR  info@TruTechTools.com

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