Pre-Drywall Test Helps Build More Efficient Housing

Posted 2013-08-28
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Certified Energy Advisors (CEA) from Arctic Energy Alliance performed a pre-drywall blower door test at a new home being built in Old Town, resulting in an excellent achievement of 0.93 air changes per hour @ 50Pa. Stephen Fancott designed and built the house using double wall construction to minimize thermal bridging and achieve a high R-value in the most cost effective way. Stephen, Andrew Spaulding, and Greg Upton paid close attention to the installation details of the vapour and air barriers which contributed to their great results. Air leakage issues can be more easily be resolved by performing a blower door test before the drywall goes on. Pre-board air leakage tests help to ensure the home is on its way to meeting its EGNH 80 requirements or better. This home will likely qualify for the New Home Rebate through the Energy Efficiency Incentive Program (EEIP) of up to $4,500.

The photo shows: Left to right Ken Baigent (CEA), Stephen Fancott, Mike Stuhec (CEA)