Dara Bowser
  • Brantford, Ontario
  • Canada
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Dara Bowser replied to Don Fugler's discussion Depressurization/make-up air issues in the group Kitchen Ventilation
"I agree. For modest homes a specialist is not likely to be engaged unless the Building Official flags it during construction. If it is done after the fact (conversion from wood to gas) then the only knowledgeable person who could stop it would be…"
Jan 13
Dara Bowser replied to Don Fugler's discussion Depressurization/make-up air issues in the group Kitchen Ventilation
"I agree that is a gap in combustion appliance certification testing. There is a logical disconnect between combustion appliance standards and ventilation/depressurization standards. Being the first on the block combustion appliance producers have…"
Dec 30, 2018
Dara Bowser replied to Don Fugler's discussion Depressurization/make-up air issues in the group Kitchen Ventilation
"Hi Don. Yes, we are still doing depressurization testing. We use the CSA F326 test criteria. Now-a-days (as opposed to the '80's), new homes do not have spillage susceptible combustion appliances so we apply the 50 pa limit. As larger…"
Dec 28, 2018
Dara Bowser replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Stud cavity air returns
"In Canada, return air in stud cavities is the normal practice, as are "lined" joist bays which serve as return air routes. There are some practices which have to be respected. But if the supply & return air system is completely within…"
Aug 27, 2018
Dara Bowser liked Don Fugler's discussion Choosing a range hood
May 26, 2018
Dara Bowser replied to Don Fugler's discussion joining ducts in the group HVAC
"That would be in the SMACNA installation standards, but I will not be in the office until Monday & I do not have an E-copy that I can access."
Nov 28, 2017
Dara Bowser replied to Don Fugler's discussion joining ducts in the group HVAC
"The best connector would be what is called generically a "Draw-Band". The Hart & Cooley Catalogue call theirs the "QC" and it is shown on page 12 of their accessory catalogue (attached). Fantech also has these. These are…"
Nov 26, 2017
Dara Bowser replied to Don Fugler's discussion joining ducts in the group HVAC
"See my reply to Don Fugler earlier. Dryer ducts can usually be cleaned effectivly with a shop-vac and the right connector. The difficulty is getting access to the duct. This is why we recommend this product…"
Nov 26, 2017
Dara Bowser replied to Don Fugler's discussion joining ducts in the group HVAC
"Good to hear you have clean dryer ducts Don. The dryer duct issues that we run into are predominantly upper story dryers that are vented out through the roof. Installers use a roof-cap with a screen and the lint packs up inside the screen. This can…"
Nov 19, 2017
Dara Bowser replied to Don Fugler's discussion joining ducts in the group HVAC
"Hi Don. We have never considered screws as impeding airflow, but I can see how in some ducts (e.g. dryer exhaust) they would catch lint etc. We always look for am minimum of two screws per joint in round duct. In cases where there are high solids…"
Nov 18, 2017
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"Hi Dara, Welcome to Home Energy Pros Forum. Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for…"
Oct 3, 2017
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Best Practices (Residential)

Best Building, Retrofitting, or even Auditing Practices - what are they, what should change, what needs to find it's way to the dust bin of history?See More
Oct 1, 2017
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Online Training

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Oct 1, 2017
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HVAC

HVAC design, Manuals J, S, T, & D, Duct leakage, Air flow, ENERGY STAR new home requirements, and more. Since heating & cooling are such a big part of home energy use, understanding HVAC is critical.See More
Oct 1, 2017
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Oct 1, 2017

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Bowser Technical Inc
Role in Home Performance Marketplace
Architect / designer, Building energy modeler, Educator / Trainer, Energy auditor / assessor / analyst, Engineer, Researcher (Lab. academia. etc.)
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HVAC, Ductwork, ventilation, hydronics, heat pumps, net zero, Solar PV, Energy Storage, Indenpendent Power, Co-Generation, Quality Assurance, Commissioning, Testing
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http://www.bowsertech.com
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At 8:15am on October 3, 2017, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Dara,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros Forum. Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!

Thanks!
Diane, HEP Moderator

 
 
 

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