# Locating the Neutral Pressure Plane

I am not an energy Rater .. I am an architect

I am curious if any "Home Energy Pros" make an effort to locate the Neutral Pressure Plane (NPP) of a house that is being blower door tested?

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Don, I agree, I agree,

As for actually pointing to an elevation and saying the NPP is about here, somewhere in one of these posts I explained how to do that and it is rather easy.  All that is necessary is a ▲t and a manometer.  From inside and outside temperatures, a stack pressure per foot can be calculated.  Then, by taking a high or low pressure reading (that's where the pressure will be the largest) through the envelope, you have it.  If the front door reading is 2pa and you had calculated a 0.25pa per foot stack pressure, then the NPP is 8' above the penetration at the front door.

If you want to get fancy and you have a good ▲t, you can open a window a measured amount and, just like the "add a hole" process for pressure diagnostics, you can estimate the CFM50.  I keep baiting people with this in hopes that someone will do the math for me :).  My to-do list it too long.

As for the metal capillary tube, you can't get too small as a manometer does require a flow of air.  I would have to ask to be sure.  Just an FYI.

Bud

PS, I have started another thread to get into this issue a bit more: http://homeenergypros.lbl.gov/forum/topics/controlling-passive-air-...

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