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Overcoming Common Challenges in Designing & Building Zero Energy Homes in Rhode Island

Overcoming Common Challenges in Designing & Building Zero Energy Homes in Rhode Island

June 5, 2024

Navigating the Path to Zero Energy Homes in Rhode Island The journey to building a zero-energy home in Rhode Island is both rewarding and challenging. As homeowners and builders commit to sustainable construction, they often encounter obstacles such as budget constraints, complex regulations, and finding skilled professionals. This manual, which draws on the experiences of…

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The Role of Passive Design in Zero Energy Homes

The Role of Passive Design in Zero Energy Homes

May 22, 2024

Embracing Passive Design in Rhode Island’s Zero Energy Homes As Rhode Island moves towards a more sustainable future, the concept of passive design becomes increasingly significant in the construction of zero-energy homes. Passive design utilizes the natural environment to minimize energy consumption, relying less on active mechanical systems and more on the home’s architecture and…

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Learn to implement early duct leakage testing in southern New England homes for optimal performance, guided by Energy Geeks' best practices and benefits.

Implementing Early Duct Leakage Testing

May 10, 2024

Streamlining Construction with Early Duct Testing Building a new home in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island presents an excellent opportunity to embed energy efficiency right from the start. Early duct leakage testing, performed before the sheetrock installation, is a critical step in this process. It ensures that the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems…

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Steps to Take After Failing Either the Blower Door or Duct Leakage Tests

Steps to Take After Failing Either the Blower Door or Duct Leakage Tests

May 8, 2024

Failing a blower door or duct leakage test can be a setback in the journey to making your home energy-efficient and obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy (CO). However, it’s an opportunity to address and improve your home’s energy performance. Understanding Why Failures Occur Failures in blower door or duct leakage tests often stem from a…

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Emphasizing Early Duct Leakage Testing in Construction

Emphasizing Early Duct Leakage Testing in Construction

May 1, 2024

Pioneering Better Building Practices with Early Duct Testing Duct leakage testing is a crucial procedure typically performed towards the end of a home’s construction. However, conducting this test early in the construction process—specifically “in the rough,” before ductwork is covered by sheetrock—can have profound benefits for both homeowners and builders. This proactive approach ensures any…

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Understanding Duct Leakage Tests: Preparation and Importance

Understanding Duct Leakage Tests: Preparation and Importance

April 24, 2024

Duct leakage tests are critical evaluations in determining the energy efficiency and air quality of a home. These tests assess how much air leaks from a home’s ductwork, directly impacting heating, cooling, and overall energy use. Why Duct Leakage Tests Matter Leaky ducts can significantly increase energy bills and reduce indoor air quality, making it…

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