Better Measurements, Better Models: Advances in Measuring and Predicting Thermal Performance

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Better Measurements, Better Models: Advances in Measuring and Predicting Thermal Performance

As 2-D and 3-D modeling to predict building performance becomes more widespread, we need to consider what data are feeding those models. At this point, modeling software has become quite sophisticated, and many users don&...

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Smoke Pencil Puffer Research

January 07, 2010

I am a manufacturer’s representative for Chimney Balloon USA. Since Chimney Balloons are air sealing devices for the fireplace, I use a smoke pencil to exhibit the effectiveness of this product. I conducted ... [continue reading]

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Energy Modeling Versus Reality

Author: Steve Mann
January 06, 2010

Modeling software can be very useful for helping you understand how a building works. As I’ve described in previous articles, you can calculate heating and cooling loads, HVAC air delivery requirements, and duct ... [continue reading]

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EnergyGauge HERS Rating Software

Author: Steve Mann
May 06, 2009

EnergyGauge, from the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), is one of only two software applications certified by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) for producing HERS ratings for new and existing buildings. (The other, which ... [continue reading]

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Right-Suite Universal

January 02, 2009

Steve Mann is a HERS rater, Green Point rater, LEED AP, remodeler, and long-time software engineer. Home performance analysis, HERS ratings, and green building ratings like Energy Star for Homes and LEED for Homes all ... [continue reading]

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IR - Worth a Thousand Words

September 07, 2008

An infrared camera can become a top tool in your home performance toolbox. [continue reading]

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REM:Rate 12.5 - A Versatile Energy Application

Author: Steve Mann
September 07, 2008

Steve Mann is a HERS rater, Green Point rater, LEED AP, remodeler, and long-time software engineer. As many Home Energy readers know, the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) is a U.S.-based, national standards-making ... [continue reading]

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