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Air-sealing 101 for new home builders who have failed their blower door tests

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jacob Corvidae Apr 5. 13 Replies

Looking for web links to good sources of info on air sealing, stuff that would be helpful for builders who need to go through their almost-finished home and tighten it up. I do a lot of testing of…Continue

Fix this leakage?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bud Poll Feb 16, 2012. 2 Replies

What sort of leakage reduction could I expect if I try to plug all these tiny gaps? This is a typical cathedral ceiling around these parts, 2x6 tongue and groove over 4x beams. In this image we're…Continue

New digital meters... were the old ones S L O W ?

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Meiland Jan 19, 2012. 2 Replies

The local electric co-op has now installed new digital meters for 100% of members, and some folks are being surprised by higher-than-normal bills. The co-op has stated that old meters may have…Continue

 

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Jacob Corvidae replied to David Meiland's discussion Air-sealing 101 for new home builders who have failed their blower door tests
"Yeah - these!  At EcoWorks, we used to take things like the BSC document and just get builders to print them out, post them on site, give them to their subs (these and diagrams from the EEBA guides). They're so clear and straightforward,…"
Apr 5
Michael Schettine replied to David Meiland's discussion Air-sealing 101 for new home builders who have failed their blower door tests
"David "nailed" it."
Apr 5
David Meiland replied to David Meiland's discussion Air-sealing 101 for new home builders who have failed their blower door tests
"A little semi-amusing follow-up on this one. I ended up loaning a door set-up to each one of these guys so they could get some personal experience with guided air-sealing. They all made it work. In one case, it was a very seasoned custom building…"
Apr 4
Sean Wiens replied to David Meiland's discussion Air-sealing 101 for new home builders who have failed their blower door tests
Mar 30
Michael Schettine replied to David Meiland's discussion Air-sealing 101 for new home builders who have failed their blower door tests
"I speak with hundreds of builders on the topic of air-sealing. When I ask them this simple question, "are you sealing from the inside (post frame) trying to stop conditioned air from leaving the space or stop moisture latent air…"
Mar 30
Ed Minch replied to David Meiland's discussion Air-sealing 101 for new home builders who have failed their blower door tests
"The three things I would do first is to try to find any big holes - returns missing pans in the attic and stuff like that.  Use a scanner to check interior cavities. Second, I would seal the wall/ceiling joints in the attic - we have found an…"
Mar 29
Michael Schettine replied to David Meiland's discussion Air-sealing 101 for new home builders who have failed their blower door tests
"We have a new  system that air seals stick-framing by over 80% according to New York State Energy Agency. In a side-by-side identical test we scored 30.4% better than comprehensive caulking method from the interior. Builders that are…"
Mar 29
Sean Lintow Sr replied to David Meiland's discussion Air-sealing 101 for new home builders who have failed their blower door tests
"Yeah I finally got a chance to read it & while they say it can be done with finishes installed I wouldn't chance it. Made by same company that does ducts - activates by lower humidity & temperatures outdoors to turn to gel... They…"
Mar 25
David Butler replied to David Meiland's discussion Air-sealing 101 for new home builders who have failed their blower door tests
"@SeanL wrote: As for Sean Wiens piece - looks great if done pre drywall... I was curious about that too. One of the photos shows house with drywall taped & mudded. Seems like an aerosol sealant would leave a slight residue or build-up around the…"
Mar 24
Sean Lintow Sr replied to David Meiland's discussion Air-sealing 101 for new home builders who have failed their blower door tests
"David Butler nailed it for the best all around resource - I have quite a few on my site also starting with My Take: How hard is it to hit the IECC Air Leakage Targets? Beyond that where are the leaks coming in at (it is just like an older home) Two…"
Mar 24
David Butler replied to David Meiland's discussion Air-sealing 101 for new home builders who have failed their blower door tests
"Energy Star and Building America have some great resources for builders who want to learn how to air seal and reduce thermal bridging. I don't have any specific links for Building America, but here's a link to their Guides search engine.…"
Mar 24
Sean Wiens replied to David Meiland's discussion Air-sealing 101 for new home builders who have failed their blower door tests
"In my opinion, it is often too late to tighten up near end of construction, but something like http://www.jlconline.com/how-to/insulation/a-game-changer-for-airtight-construction_o may help them. No idea on durability of system and what VOC's…"
Mar 24
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Air-sealing 101 for new home builders who have failed their blower door tests

Looking for web links to good sources of info on air sealing, stuff that would be helpful for builders who need to go through their almost-finished home and tighten it up. I do a lot of testing of new homes, and in the past several years most people have passed without a problem. Right now, I have three different guys who are not meeting the standard and are faced with the gory task of trying to air-seal brand new homes. I honestly do not want the air-sealing work at all, and I don't even want…See More
Mar 24
David Meiland replied to Brad Cook's discussion When is a fuel history confidential and why?
"The electric co-op I do assessments for gives me a three-year history even if ownership has recently changed, but I don't give that to the new owner. I've seen a few situations where the seller has told the buyer  something to the…"
Mar 24
David Meiland replied to Steve Eberly's discussion Infrared camera recommendations for general contractor use
"You might be able to get a distributor to demo their cameras for you, so you can see what level you want to buy at. I went with 320x240 resolution and would want to do that again, but if you can be happy with less it will cost a lot less."
Mar 24
David Meiland replied to Eric Sperline's discussion Blower Door Testing for Code Compliance
"Eric, you never know, the building inspectors may not be dinging builders for failing blower door tests. Building inspectors have to go head to head with builders on many items during construction, and they may not choose to make a sticking point…"
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At 1:11pm on March 9, 2011, Andrew McDowell said…

David,

 

Thanks for the comment.  I was intending to use pressurization, but still am concerned about the liability.  Even a pressurized house can disturb the material; then, with a leaky duct system, there is no assurance the material won't be drawn back in the house.

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