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Can you get condensation on a sponge?
Posted by Allison Bailes on September 7, 2017
Last week I taught a class called What the Duct!? at the Builders' Boot Camp in Virginia. Paul Francisco was one of the other instructors (teaching about indoor air quality), and on the last evening at dinner, our conversation turned to building science. (Imagine that!) I don't recall exactly how...
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Moisture problems at the air conditioning diffusers in a trendy restaurant
Posted by Allison Bailes on August 25, 2017
I've got the curse, you know. I can't walk into a building and not check out what's going on with ductwork, windows, and anything else that lets me apply what I know about building science. Yesterday, I went to lunch at a trendy restaurant near Emory University and of course looked up at the...
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To understand heat, air, and moisture flows in buildings, think materials, assemblies, and enclosure.
Posted by Allison Bailes on August 17, 2017
When you approach the subject of building science, especially as it regards heat, air, and moisture flows through the building enclosure, it's easy to get confused. There's a lot to learn: blower door testing, insulation grading, R-value, permeance, radiant barriers, combustion safety, solar heat...
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Builders' Boot Camp in Christiansburg, VA, 30-31 August 2017
Posted by Allison Bailes on August 9, 2017
Now that Summer Camp is over, I'm excited about Boot Camp. That would be the Builders' Boot Camp that Community Housing Partners (CHP) puts on each year. It's being held on 30-31 August. I haven't been part of it before, but this year I'm teaching a half-day class four times over the two day affair...
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Flex duct presentation intro, 2017 Buildng Science Summer Camp
Posted by Allison Bailes on August 8, 2017
One week ago I spoke at the Westford Symposium on Building Science. You may know it better as Building Science Summer Camp, since that's what everyone calls it. I wrote up a little summary of the whole conference last week but didn't say a lot about my presentation. Today I'll fill you in on what...
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raised heel truss, photo by APA - The Engineered Wood Association
Posted by Allison Bailes on August 7, 2017
A comfortable, energy efficient home begins with a good building enclosure. That means control layers. You've got to control the flows of moisture, air, and heat. Today, let's talk about controlling heat and further, let's focus on heat going through the top of the house. If you've read my Flat or...
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Dr. Claudette Reichel speaking at Building Science Summer Camp 2017 (photo by Neil Randol)
Posted by Allison Bailes on August 4, 2017
Well, another Building Science Summer Camp has come and gone. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you probably know about it. You may even know that I have a special history with it. Dr. Joseph Lstiburek and Betsy Pettit, his wife and business partner, (shown below) host it each year at...
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Onboarding training for Florida's new certified rating program
Posted by Allison Bailes on July 14, 2017
Last month I told you about the new certified rating and code compliance program that's launching in Florida. I mentioned there will be a training for it at the Southeast Building Conference (SEBC) in Orlando this month. And now I have the details. If this is something you might be interested in,...
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ASHRAE commercial building engineers live in residential buildings
Posted by Allison Bailes on June 29, 2017
I've just returned home from Long Beach, California, where I've spent the past five days attending the ASHRAE conference, which focuses on heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. One of the things I heard there was this statement:  95% of ASHRAE members work on commercial...
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Things we should ban to improve home building in America
Posted by Allison Bailes on June 10, 2017
Let's face it. The state of home building isn't good. Yes, we have building science and energy codes and green building programs out the wazoo. We have cool new products and home energy raters and even Joe Lstiburek. Despite all this, we still have wild ductopuses, holey air barriers, and insipid...
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