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Energy Services Group, Energy Diagnostics And Conservation Design Services Energy Services Group
420 Oakland Drive
Downingtown, PA   19335
(610) 363-6144


SIX STEP ENERGY INTEGRITY PROGRAM

Step 1:
Architectural plans and specs are reviewed prior to construction to identify areas of the envelope that through our experience are the source of comfort and high bill problems in structures we have tested.

Recommendations will be made to the design and / or construction staff on developing the envelope and on HVAC techniques that should be used for problem areas such as heated space over garages or other unconditioned space, finished lower levels or basements and any part of the structure utilizing knee wall construction.

In most cases, the suggested changes do not require new drawings and can be implemented in the field.  For design changes that require special insulation or HVAC detail, we will meet with the construction staff and appropriate subcontractor to outline the procedure to be used.

Step 2:
Under roof inspection - An inspection of the structure with construction personnel will be made once all rough framing is completed to determine if there are any areas that would require special framing or the addition of sheathing to assure the integrity of the envelope.

Step 3:
Rough mechanical sealing - Once all rough wiring, plumbing and ductwork are completed all openings in the envelope will be sealed with expanding urethane foam and or silicone based caulk.  All framing seams that contribute to air infiltration will be sealed.  All floor penetrations,drop ceilings,soffits,packed out walls and chases that connect conditioned space to unconditioned space will be sealed.

The HVAC return system will be inspected and all wire and pipe penetrations will be sealed.  Any ductwork design or installation problems will be reported to the construction staff.

Step 4:
Insulation inspection - After wall insulation has been installed and prior to drywall, an inspection of the structure with construction personnel will be made to identify any voids in the installed insulation that need to be corrected.

Step 5:
Post drywall sealing - After drywall has been installed and taped and prior to the installation of the attic insulation, the tops of all interior walls adjacent to the attic will be sealed.

Step 6:
Instrumented analysis - When the building is finished and conditioned, an air leakage test and infrared scan will be conducted to assure that all insulation is in place and working and that all major convective loops have been eliminated.

Fire place dampers, windows and exterior doors will be inspected for proper operation.

At this point we will certify that the home meets the State Energy Act insulation and air sealing standard.


Energy Diagnostics & Conservation Design Services