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Test Driving the New Brattleboro Food Co-op Building

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 13, 2012 01:01 AM
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by Alex Wilson last modified Jun 12, 2012

Author name:  Alex Wilson Blog Category:  Energy Solutions Blower-door testing of the nearly complete Brattleboro Food Co-op building shows it to be remarkably tight. Andy Shapiro (standing) and Terry Brennan set up a two-fan blower door for air tightness testing at the Brattleboro Co-op. Click on image to enlarge. Photo Credit: Alex Wilson The new Brattleboro Food Co-op building with affordable housing on the top two floors is nearly completed, and we’ll be shopping there in just a week or two. So, how did the building turn out? Were the goals achieved? Are the mechanical systems going to work as intended? How effectively was the building envelope constructed? We won’t know the answers to all of these questions for a while, but we do now know about one key measure of performance: the airtightness of the envelope. When most commercial buildings are completed (as well as houses, for that matter) there is no testing of airtightness. There should be. Through pressure-testing of a building, one learns all sorts of things about how well it was built and how tightly windows and doors keep out drafts, and how effectively various dampers on mechanical equipment perform. read more






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