HVAC & Mechanicals
Stack effect is relentless: it is always working, when you’re awake or asleep, even during blackouts. And it feeds on itself.
Holes in walls amount to big walls full of holes unless you seal the hole after you make it
Built tight and verify. And then ventilate.
Floor plan dictates hood placement, roof framing dictates fan placement
Everything there is to know (well, almost) about blower door testing with a few engineer-y jokes along the way.
To suck air from under a slab, the slab must be airtight
A tight path to the outdoors keeps the indoors fresh and you can call it a day because you’re one step closer to the Energy Star.
A super efficient heat pump with a GWP of 1
You can dig in to the roof without adding more insulation, but you can't dig far
Range hoods are a key player in the kitchen mechanical system: If they are not tied to a makeup air system, they make their own.
Be economical, direct, and don't get kinky.
Yes. Brett Singer, a scientist with the Indoor Environmental Group at Berkeley Lab explains how pollutants get into the air from cooking and his group's research to clear the way for a rating system for range hoods.
The nuts and bolts of ducts and volts
Soffits should be tight boxes hidden in your ceiling.
But some buckets are more relative