air leaks

Tighter Houses with Less Effort

Posted on April 18,2015 by ScottG in Aeroseal

Builders who specialize in high-performance houses spend a lot of time tracking down and correcting air leaks. The process can involve a number of materials and sealants, such as special gaskets, tape, and caulk, plus a lot of time and attention to install them correctly. Researchers at the Western Cooling Efficiency Center at the University of California-Davis think they've found a way to make the process much faster and easier.

Major Thermal Bypasses

Posted on April 18,2015 by user-1048334 in air leaks

First, a bit about my writing: I write in longhand, whenever I have some spare time. Between audits, at lunch, after the gym, when stopping for a coffee. Then I type the notes up. The thing is that I find a lot more spare time in my walking-around day than at the home or office. To say there is a bottleneck getting these notes into electronic form is a disservice to good-flowing bottles everywhere. This is by way of explaining an upcoming sentence.

Joe Lstiburek’s Airtightness Goals

Posted on April 18,2015 by Fretboard in air leaks

In commentary recently posted to the Building Science Corporation website, building scientist Joe Lstiburek takes a stroll down memory lane and reflects on his attempts in the early 1980s to help develop an airtightness standard for residential construction in Canada.

Prevent Ice Dams With Air Sealing and Insulation

Posted on April 18,2015 by user-756436 in air leaks

During snowy winters, many northern homes are plagued by ice dams. If your house suffers from wet ceilings during the winter, you may be ready to call up a contractor. Be careful, though: since most contractors don’t understand the causes of ice dams, they often suggest the wrong solution.

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