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Extreme Retrofit Winners Get Blower Door Test

CIMA awarded the Extreme Insulation Retrofit to a Kentucky couple selected at random in April from the hundreds who visited the online sweepstakes.

(L-R: Jerry Robinson, Robinson Insulation, Russell Buckman, Cell-Pak, Bob Eipert, Bremen Energy Auditors, winners David and Susan Heath

Now, CIMA is blowing the door out of the Extreme Insulation Retrofit winner’s house. Well, to clarify, the air is being blown out the front door in a blower door test to identify air leaks in the home of David and Susan Heath as the first step toward their retrofit.

CIMA producer member David Parr and his team from Cell Pak are making ready to upgrade the 3,000+ square foot home with cellulose insulation. The first step of a proper retrofit is to determine air leaks by a professional energy auditor, says Parr. Cell Pak enlisted the support of Berman Energy Auditors to perform a “blower door” test. The process involves mounting a special high-speed fan in the frame of a main exterior door of a home. The fan pulls air out of the home lowering the air pressure inside and draws in higher pressure outside air through leaks and unsealed openings. (more…)

2011-08-10 14:35:50
Energy Audits Lead To Improved Energy Efficiency « The Greenest Of The Green Weblog says:

[...] with testing air drawn into the home at access points mentioned above (see an example from the Extreme Retrofit Winner story.) Thermal imaging uses infrared camera images to demonstrate variations in surface [...]

2014-07-22 19:11:37
Insulating Wall Cavities With Cellulose Best For Older Homes | Greenest Insulation Blog says:

[…] identify air leaks and insulation deficiencies.  Typically an energy audit will include a “blower door” test to show air leaks and infrared camera analysis to identify where insulation is missing […]

2022-05-03 18:02:19
Summer Home Energy Savings Tip | Greenest Insulation Blog says:

[…] raises energy bills. Sealing around obvious visual leaks is easy. For a complete assessment have a blower door test done by a qualified […]