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Blower Door FAQ

Blower Door FAQ

Have you been told that you need a blower door test?  If you have it’s probably because it is required by the building code official for new construction or a major renovation. It can also be a key component of an existing building energy audit, an energy model...

How has Covid-19 impacted the health of your building?

How has Covid-19 impacted the health of your building?

You should ask yourself if Covid-19 has impacted the health of your building, here is why. It’s pretty obvious that too many people in a building can be a problem - occupancy limits are often posted for fire safety reasons. But under-occupied buildings can also create...

CSI: Building Edition

CSI: Building Edition

Forensics: "scientific tests or techniques used in connection with the detection of crime." If Ted Danson and his rowdy crew of crime scene investigators have taught us anything, it is that a good forensics team can save the day. Forensics plays an important role in...

Fire Safety Hits Home

Fire Safety Hits Home

As homeowners we go the extra mile to avoid letting danger into our homes, but what about the dangers that are already inside? In 2017 the U.S. Fire Administration recorded over 370,000 residential fires, stating that almost 10% were caused by appliance and electrical...

Electricity Demand Spikes in Summer Heatwave

Electricity Demand Spikes in Summer Heatwave

We’ve all been feeling the heat. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that the July heatwave led to higher nationwide peak demand than last year – 704 gigawatts at 6:00 pm on July 19 – about 20% more than a typical summer day.  In the mid-Atlantic, peak...

Buildings Have The Most Impact

Buildings Have The Most Impact

It’s natural to assume that tailpipes and smokestacks are the main source of greenhouse gases. Transportation and manufacturing do account for 35% of our carbon emissions.  But, we start to question our “tailpipe intuitions” when we learn that agriculture weighs in at...

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