Install a quiet, effective fan in the bathroom

Bathroom ventilation is key, and a quiet fan is more likely to be used.
An appropriately sized bathroom fan makes short work of moisture and odors. Larger bathrooms with more plumbing fixtures need bigger fans than small bathrooms. Consider a fan with an Energy StarLabeling system sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy for labeling the most energy-efficient products on the market; applies to a wide range of products, from computers and office equipment to refrigerators and air conditioners. rating. Noise is another consideration. The lower the sone rating, the quieter the fan will be. Several manufacturers offer fans with sone ratings of less than 1, which are essentially inaudible when running. Timers and other automatic controls make fans more useful.

Green Points

LEED for HomesLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. : An Energy Star bathroom fan with a capacity of 50 cubic feet per minute (cfm) is a prerequisite; 1 point for a continuously operating fan or one of several automatic controls; 1 point for a third-party test of air flow rates (EQ 5).
NGBSNational Green Building Standard Based on the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines and passed through ANSI. This standard can be applied to both new homes, remodeling projects, and additions. /ICC-700: Bathroom fans must be vented to the outside and have a minimum ventilation rate of 50 cfm; up to 9 points for bath fans with automatic timers or humidistats; 2 points per fan for Energy Star models; and 3 points per fan for Energy Star fans rated at less than 1 sone (902.1.2).

Learn more in the Green Building Encyclopedia

Exhaust Ventilation

Learn more in the Green Product Guide

Mechanical Systems/HVAC

Further resources

Home Ventilation Institute

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