Ben's Column

  1. Should a Builder Own a Blower Door?

    Yes, according to this high-performance builder, who uses it to constantly raise the quality bar

     

    This is the 6th installment of a monthly column from Ben Walker, Co-CEO of Retrotec. Ben's column focuses on observations on the art and science of high-performance building and home testing. 

     

     

    Home builders are using blower doors  
    to go beyond code compliance

     

    With codes and high-performance construction programs requiring airtightness testing, a small but growing cadre of home builders have been purchasing t

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  2. Healthy Home Environment Evaluations: The New Consumer Demand

    This is the 5th installment of a monthly column from Ben Walker, Co-CEO of Retrotec. Ben's column focuses on observations on the art and science of high-performance building and home testing. 

     

    During my recent conversations with builders, remodelers and other industry pros I've been hearing more about an increasing change in homeowner expectations when it comes to home performance. The gist of it is that they have moved past concern about energy savings.

     

    Industry and governments have worked hard to promote energy efficiency and people have come to expect it. Today, saying that you build an energy efficient home is like saying you build roofs that don't leak. The likely response will be "I should hope so." Howev

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  3. Adult Summer Camp

    This is the 4th installment of a monthly column from Ben Walker, Co-CEO of Retrotec. Ben's column focuses on observations on the art and science of high-performance building and home testing. 

     

    Mention the phrase "Summer Camp" and most people conjure images of happy kids frolicking at a lake while learning fun skills with friends. What they don't realize is that there's an adult version that's just as fun and rewarding.

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  4. Danger Zone

    This is the 3rd installment of a monthly column from Ben Walker, Co-CEO of Retrotec. Ben's column focuses on observations on the art and science of high-performance building and home testing. 

    As many as 30 million U.S. homes may have loose-fill attic insulation made from asbestos-contaminated Zonolite. Here's how to determine if a home has it and what to do if it does.

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  5. Blower Door Testing in 1915?

    This is the 2nd installment of a monthly column from Ben Walker, Co-CEO of Retrotec. Ben's column focuses on observations on the art and science of high-performance building and home testing. 

    A blower door test, along with before and after load calculations of a leaky 1915 home, show the value of these technologies for remodelers and homeowners.

    A lot has been written about making new homes energy efficient, comfortable and healthy. That's important, but as more communities with high-performance new homes become available, more owners of existing homes want the same benefits.

    Just tightening up a home isn't enough, however. Homeowners want you t

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  6. Air Tightness Testing Comes of Age

    Blower doors and duct testers have become important tools for high-performance builders. A longtime industry veteran looks a how we got here and what's next

    This is the first of what will be a monthly column with my observations on the art and science of high-performance building and home testing. In this first column, I want to introduce myself and help you understand why you should care about these topics

    My name is Ben Walker and since May of 2017, I've been co-CEO of Retrotec, the world's largest manufacturer of blower door and duct testing equipment. Our products help designers and builders reduce building energy use, which contributes to a cleaner, healthier environment. That contribution is what gets me up every day.

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