Retrotec Newsletter: February 2017

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Newsletter February 2017
Is Duct Leakage To The Outdoors Always Needed?
Yes, even if duct work is inside the conditioned space.
Ducts hidden in wall cavities will typically connect to the outdoors because the sheetrock acts as an air barrier that separates indoors from outdoors.

Some of the largest leaks to outdoors are in two story buildings where joist cavities are used for returns. They connect directly to wall cavities that are open to outdoors causing the depressurization of large portions of the exterior walls, filling them with outdoor air creating huge energy losses. Even worse is that moisture will be pulled into wall cavities leading to mold and fungus growth that degenerates the structural integrity of the building.

In cases where all duct work is clearly visible and contained within the conditioned space, leakage to outdoors will be near zero until interior doors are closed. Then pressures will develop in rooms without returns forcing air outdoors.  Simply close all the bedroom doors and repeat the test and you'll measure significant leakage to outdoors which is now caused by whole house leakage paths. 

Wohler Visual Inspection Cameras

Camera systems to inspect risers, pipes, chimneys, and duct work in buildings

Wohler makes the world's best inspection cameras in Germany. They feature industry leading pan-and-tilt camera heads, video-recording, digital-distance measurement and location beacons

Ask us about large and small applications, from video borescopes for residential pipe inspection, a more advanced push-camera system with an optional L200 locator for sewer inspection, or a push-rod camera for chimney inspection. These inspection cameras will accurately investigate damage and obstructions then provide detailed reports.

Upcoming webinars

Preview of the First Hands-On Large Building Training
February 3rd, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST

At this webinar, participants will learn about Red River College's new large building airtightness training program that will be delivered by its Building Envelope Technology Access Centre. 

This unique training opportunity will include the actual testing of a building with analysis and interpretation of results. 

IECC Code Compliance - It's Not Rocket Science!
February 14th, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST

The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is used nationwide. Testing is mandatory...are you be ready? 
  • If you work in the building industry, this webinar is for you.
  • Testing options for compliance
  • Overcome common testing problems
  • Confirm, documentation and share compliance
  • And bring your questions for an IECC Code Official
Upcoming events
3 Day Large Building Airtightness Testing Training
February 22nd-24th, Red River College, Winnipeg, Canada
Katrina Florendo at 204-632-2195 or to register. 
Several more courses are planned for 2017.

The 2017 RESNET Building Performance Conference
February 27th-March 1st, Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, Booth #301, Scottsdale, AZ

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