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2013/Nov/16 Hands On Workshop - Home Energy Efficiency, Part 2
« on: October 17, 2013, 11:12:24 AM »
Place: By RSVP (in State College), please email info at transitiontownstatecollege.org.
Time: 10a-6p

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In continuation of the Home Energy Efficiency series, which started with a lecture and discussion (see: http://forum.transitiontownstatecollege.org/index.php?topic=109.0), we'll be hosting a hands-on workshop showing how an energy audit is performed and common mitigation strategies.

If you are interested in attending, please contact info /at/ transitiontownstatecollege \dot org.

Activities:
- Blower door test with thermal camera to check for heat leaks
- Attic insulation, including foam insulation around recessed lighting
- Building a cover for the whole house->attic fan
- Band joist foam insulation in the basement
- (Materials pending) Moisture and thermal sealing the cinder block basement wall
« Last Edit: November 09, 2013, 01:39:21 PM by jcd »

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Re: 2013/Nov/16 Hands On Workshop - Home Energy Efficiency, Part 2
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2013, 02:59:52 PM »
Basement insulation materials have been acquired!

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Re: 2013/Nov/16 Hands On Workshop - Home Energy Efficiency, Part 2
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2013, 10:04:23 PM »
Four of us (myself, Matt, two others) joined up for the workshop.  Matt gave initial instruction, installed the blower door (conventionally, it blows out for most tests, but can also blow in), gave an initial sweep of the house with the infrared camera (we took turns), then headed into the attic with a helper to seal around the recessed bathroom ceiling lighting/vents with spray foam.  The rest of us went to the basement to prepare the Thermax insulation panels in the basement, cleaning out and resealing the connection between the cement block floor and the exterior cinder block walls.  With a second/replacement caulk gun purchased, we picked up speed and finished the first/larger room.  Then we trimmed the panels to size (the cinder block walls are 4 inches shorter than 8 feet) and set them in place.  Then Matt spray foamed the band joist along the first 4 feet stretch of wall from the stairs.  Then he installed the first and second token panels.  We couldn't find washers of the right size for the tapcon screws we used, so we cut out plastic pieces from an old kitty litter bucket.

There's more to do, but we each learned a few of the techniques.

Next steps at this location:
- basement project:
  - fix water leaks
  - obtain a hammer drill to improve the process of drilling tapcon screws into the cinder block wall
  - cut Thermax boards vertically to fit horizontally
  - finish installing the insulation boards
- find and install house fan cover
- consider central air system

I heard some initial interest in doing a second round at this location.  Let us know if you are, too, so we can decide if we'll host a reprisal.
« Last Edit: November 21, 2013, 10:19:38 AM by jcd »