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The Home Performance Forum Has Launched!

Home Inspector Barrie, Orillia, Midland and Collingwood area. Prime:  prime Subtitle:  A popular LinkedIn group has moved to its own website Images:  The Internet age has made it easy to find information. Occasionally you can find some that’s even true.[...]

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Pete’s Puzzle: Fanciful Fuel

Home Inspector Barrie, Orillia, Midland and Collingwood area. Subtitle:  Where did the water and blue-green staining on this fireplace support column come from? Images:  A new client called me, saying that his insulation contractor urged him to contact me about[...]

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Does a Bigger Volume Mean More Heating and Cooling Load?

Home Inspector Barrie, Orillia, Midland and Collingwood area. Prime:  prime Subtitle:  Many people answer this question incorrectly Images:  What happens to the heating and cooling loads when you encapsulate an attic? With the insulation and air barrierBuilding assembly components that[...]

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Manual J Doesn’t Tell You Equipment Capacity

Home Inspector Barrie, Orillia, Midland and Collingwood area. Prime:  prime Subtitle:  The amount of heating and cooling your house needs isn’t the only factor in determining the size of your heating and cooling equipment Images:  Here’s a little conundrum for[...]

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Building Enclosure Commissioning

Home Inspector Barrie, Orillia, Midland and Collingwood area. Subtitle:  What I learned from a University of Wisconsin course called “Commissioning Building Enclosure Assemblies and Systems” Images:  I have been advising architects and builders on high-performance design, materials, and construction —[...]

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This Radiative Cooling Material Could Supplant Traditional Air Conditioners

Home Inspector Barrie, Orillia, Midland and Collingwood area. Prime:  prime Subtitle:  A new study shows a breakthrough in the cooling effect of a material that’s easy to manufacture Images:  When it’s hot out, we want cold. At night, we like[...]

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Buried Ducts Allowed in 2018 Energy Code

Home Inspector Barrie, Orillia, Midland and Collingwood area. Prime:  prime Subtitle:  The keys are duct leakage, R-values, and the vapor barrier Images:  Water vapor from the air condenses on air conditioning ducts in humid climates. It’s as normal as poorly[...]

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Should Balanced Ventilation Be Required?

Home Inspector Barrie, Orillia, Midland and Collingwood area. Prime:  prime Subtitle:  Aspen’s new energy code requires balanced mechanical ventilation with recovery Images:  “You know where this is going, right? Codes will eventually require balanced ventilationMechanical ventilation system in which separate,[...]

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Measuring (and Understanding) Humidity

Home Inspector Barrie, Orillia, Midland and Collingwood area. Subtitle:  Humidity sensor recommendations for building professionals and homeowners Images:  Author’s Note: I can’t even start this blog before thanking Lew Harriman of Mason-Grant Consulting. Lew very patiently and gently hammered me[...]

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City of Aspen Dumps Energy Rating Index

Home Inspector Barrie, Orillia, Midland and Collingwood area. Prime:  prime Subtitle:  Aspen’s new energy code adopts the “perfect energy code” as the only performance path Images:  The city of Aspen, Colorado has bucked the trend. Well, actually two trends, but[...]

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