Blower Door Test

Project: Habitat for Humanity, Episode 13, Part 1



It only took a dedicated team of volunteers five days to complete the house. First, Bob tours the exterior and debriefs with Jim Killoran and Jim Whiteside (from Habitat for Humanity) about the enormous undertaking now behind them. B. Smith joins to show Bob the finished decor. And, last, there is a special housewarming presentation to homeowner Michelle Hayes and her daughters-- a puppy!
Part 1: Blower Door Test
Janet MacIlvaine and George James (from the Department of Energy) show Bob how they conduct a blower door test. The blower door is used to measure the amount of air leakage in the building. Today's tighter homes need controlled ventilation, which is provided in this home by a Tamarack Preventilator exhaust fan. The fan has special controls that continuously maintain a slow ventilation rate. Ultimately, the test shows that the house is both well-sealed and well-ventilated.
Part 2: Back Porch and Kitchen Tour
Part 3: Tour of the Finished Interior Decor with B. Smith
Part 4: A Special Housewarming Gift
Bob Vila introduces the latest in sustainable materials and efficient building techniques on a Habitat for Humanity build. This project documents a five-day process that transformed an empty lot into a snug, comfortable, and sustainable home in Yonkers, NY.

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