Whether you are performing blower door testing or hiring someone to perform the test for you, it’s a good idea to understand how a home should be setup for the test. Should a door be open or closed? What can be sealed off? How to address rooms attached to the house but are outside the air control layer? That’s today’s topic, attached garages and three season porches. How should those spaces be setup for a blower door test?
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I have a confession to make, but you will have to read this blog post before you’ll know what that is.
I woke up this morning to a very cold temperature. Nowhere near the coldest I’ve ever experienced, which was right around -50°F. (I remember that stretch of weather back in 1996, Minnesota set its all-time low temp about an hour away from where I live, that temp was -60°F.) This got me thinking about the climate zone I live in and heating degree days.
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Back from IBS, as always, what a great show. This was my fourth time attending, I always learn something new, get the chance to meet new people, and catch up with old friends. This year was no different.
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A few days ago, I posted a test about the cold weather application of construction tapes. A few of the tapes performed well, but most I expected more from. Many of these tapes aren’t cheap, some are downright expensive. I thought a second, quick test was needed at a more normal application temperature (68°F) compared to installations in cold weather. Here’s what I found.
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I was recently teaching a continuing education class on energy code, the class was attended by about 100 general contractors. We covered a lot of information about energy and building science, one of the topics I discussed, and was hoping every contractor there would remember, was the topic; who is responsible?
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Sliding patio doors are very popular in my market. Thier large glass panels allow us to view the outside. They open and close without needing floor space and are simple to operate. But they have a dark side…
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What needs to be under a slab? Well, it kind of depends. Is the slab for a home or an accessory building? Is there heat in the slab? Is there a radon requirement? This quick post is all about what I like to see included under a slab and the reasoning behind the sequencing.
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Several of the posts on my blog were first published on the website Green Building Advisor. I’ve enjoyed writing for them, but my hope has been to get an article in their sister publication, Fine Homebuilding Magazine. In issue #304, December 2021/January 2022, that finally happened. Funny thing is, I didn’t get just one article published, I have two plus a tool review, oh, and I’m on the cover.
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It’s Halloween, thought I’d share some of the scary pics I’ve taken over the years.
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As most of you probably know, I live in a very cold climate, climate zone 7 in Northern Minnesota (almost Canada). How we build homes up here is different Continue reading “Shorts-Climate Matters”