HVAC Design Strategies for High-Performance Homes

High-performance homes require better HVAC design strategies than code-built homes. Builders can more easily understand high-performance needs by familiarizing themselves with basic HVAC design concepts and strategies.   The first step is conducting a room-by-room load calculation.   Local climates determine whether a building’s HVAC system is designed to first meet cooling or heating needs.…

New Building Practices and Codes are Driving the Need for Dedicated Moisture Control and Fresh Air Ventilation

New residential energy efficiency building codes are trying to tackle the challenge of how the home’s flow of energy, air, and moisture will affect the indoor environment – including attics and crawlspaces.  These codes are requiring homes to meet specific air tightness and indoor air quality standards – both are driving the need for dedicated…