CBPCA Improves a Home Energy Home

September/October 2005
A version of this article appears in the September/October 2005 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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September 01, 2005
        As was described in the last issue of Home Energy, Carol Markell, the magazine’s advertising and marketing manager, had volunteered her house for use during a training for the California Building Performance Contractors Association (CBPCA), a nonprofit organization that introduces contractors—and the general public— to home performance services (see “Training Day,”HE July/August ’05, p. 24). During the training, Markell’s house was run through several diagnostic tests, which tested her home’s performance while educating building contractors on the process of building performance testing.         About a month after the training was completed,CBPCA trainers Rick Chitwood and Tim Locke and students returned to Markell’s Kensington, California, home to conduct a complete energy-feature retrofit. The home received a new heating system, a new duct system, a new water heater, a new gas dryer,warm floors in the bathroom, a quiet bathroom exhaust fan, infiltration reduction, high-efficiency air filtration, insulation in the ceiling and stemwalls, a lighting improvement, and a cleaned and sealed crawlspace (see “Test-Out Results”).         Robert Mitchell and ...

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