Seal the building envelope with innovative products
Air sealing offers a proven and cost-effective solution for reducing energy expenses and increasing the energy efficiency of a home.
With heating and cooling accounting for more than half (56 percent) of the energy used in a typical American home, which representing the largest energy expense for most homeowners, it’s important to keep energy efficiency top-of-mind.
At the 2015 International Builders' Show, Brian Lieburn, residential applications technology leader for Dow Building Solutions, reviews some of the products and building techniques that go into a tight building envelope with thorough air sealing.
Air sealing is becoming a more prominent part of building codes across the country, so it will be vital for builders and homeowners to understand what it takes to seal the home properly.
As the name implies, air sealing is the process of filling gaps in a home where air may have the opportunity to enter or exit, ultimately impacting how much energy is needed to effectively heat and cool the living spaces. In a typical home, this air leakage can account for between 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating and cooling.
Air leakage also affects homeowner comfort – allowing moisture, drafts and unwanted noise to enter a house – and can lead to an unpleasant living experience. Additionally, air infiltration may lower indoor air quality by allowing dust and airborne pollutants to enter the space, which can make even the most beautiful home unwelcoming.
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Companies: Dow Building Solutions
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Sponsored by: Environmental Water Systems
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Sponsored by: Enertech Global, LLC
All unit components designed to be removed in less than 10 minutes
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Solution design focuses on positive up-front, back-end financial impact
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Improving efficiency, occupant comfort key as building envelopes tighten
The system provides 100 percent heating capacity down to -5 degrees Fahrenheit, for customers in the colder climates of North America.
Though the floor plan is compact, homeowners of the Saltbox won't have to sacrifice having friends over or entertaining.