The Forgotten Air Barrier – Garage Partition Walls

Drive by virtually any new home development, and you will notice the homes have a building fabric wrap or OSB sheathing (coated with a green weather barrier product) in conjunction with taped seams. These products, depending on the specific brand, may serve multiple...

Ventilation for a Healthy and Comfortable Home

A mantra in the high-performance building community goes something like this: “Build it tight and vent it right”.  The idea is that to ensure occupant comfort and health, as well as building health and durability, it is better to build a tight enclosure and then...

Poor HVAC Airflow – Part 2

  Poor HVAC Airflow – Part 2   In part 1 [LB1] of this blog series, we covered how the design of Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can affect poor airflow. This discussion will focus on the devices located in the air stream of a...

BUILDING AIR LEAKAGE, TESTING, AND MECHANICAL VENTILATION

BUILDING AIR LEAKAGE, TESTING, AND MECHANICAL VENTILATION An Energy Code Discussion with a Local Jurisdiction Introduction: A local jurisdiction requested assistance with their goals to increase energy code compliance within their building department and to improve...