The Building Performance Contractor’s Association in partnership with The Home Performance Coalition welcomes you to our Winter 2018 Dense-
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A Short Intro to the Building
For those of you who are reading this because you are interested in learning more about Building Science, I will provide the short version of the meaning of a home as a one system.
Long gone are the days in which houses were just four walls and a roof in which the main consideration were looks and comfort. Those homes were built very loosely with very little insulation and with little health considerations in mind.. Home construction and renovation in early days were influenced by extremely cheap energy sources and the freedom to pretty much modify any component of the home with no consequence to the rest of the house. Because of that, a thermostat was just a device to turn the heat and cold air conditioning “ON” and if a room got uncomfortable, the easiest thing to do was to crack a window open.
Because of this ideology, it is still common to think that houses are made of a bunch of independent pieces of a puzzle, like the heating system, the water heater, the ventilation, the insulation, etc all placed on an attractive lot with a nice white fence. The oil embargo of the 70's forced construction and renovation to change dramatically with the use of new technology. We began to save energy by building tighter, having greater use of insulation, air/vapor barriers, and the installation of energy-
We now understand the need to manage the indoor environment in a deliberate and systematic way with proven methods of air sealing, insulating and using high efficiency equipment. Those processes do save energy and upgrades our home comfort level. In order to have a well balanced home, it needs to be properly designed to make certain that each part functions properly with all the other parts. This will provide a safe, comfortable and healthy living environment for the occupants. The proper design of a healthy home takes into consideration fluctuating temperatures, controlling moisture levels, as well as air pressures changes. An unplanned change of any of these pieces, due to a repair or an upgrade without planning can sometimes produce unforeseen changes that could potentially lead to unhealthy consequences for the home and its’ occupants.
“Home Performance” to indicate how energy efficient a house is, and how we can make it much more energy efficient, and self-
About our sponsors
The Building Performance Contractors Association (BPCA) of New York State is a 12-
BPCA Winter 2018 Insulation Workshop
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