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The 2012 IECC – or International Energy Conservation Code – ushers in some major changes to make homes and buildings more efficient. In this 5-part series, Newport calls out code provisions which will change how homes are designed and built. … Continue reading
On Marrano’s high performance home, spray foam was used at the rim joist detail on both floors and building shell penetrations, while caulks were used in all top plate penetrations and around windows. The insulation contractor’s scope of work included air sealing all of these details, so the responsibility for air sealing the shell was clearly defined. Continue reading
Modeling a basement as a conditioned space reveas significant energy efficiency gains that can be obtained by moving away from standard basement insulation practices. While deciding to increase insulation values in a basement to increase energy performance may sound like low fruit on the energy efficiency tree, there is a wide chasm between specifying a system and actually achieving it.
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A blower door is used to depressurize or pressurize a home. A blower door test refers to depressurizing a home to obtain a number which represents a home’s air leakage. In the simplest terms, a fan sucks air out of a home to measure the amount of air pulled into the home. Continue reading