The Future of Pressure and Flow Measurement Is Here Now
One of the most useful tools for any building performance contractor, HERS rater or BPI Building Analyst is their trusty manometer. Few days go by when the device is not put into service measuring building leakage, duct leakage, worst case depressurization, pressure differentials, exhaust flow, or an array of other pressure and flow measurements needed to ensure that a home is operating efficiently and safely.
Just as smart phones have replaced older technology, the time has come for existing manometers to make way for new high-tech instruments. These instruments can perform not only pressure and flow measurements, but also include a variety of connectivity options and a host of other advanced features-making these new devices practically indispensable.
The two major manufactures of manometers used by the home performance industry (in no particular order) are The Energy Conservatory (TEC) and Retrotec. Both companies have introduced entirely new touch-screen manometer/flow meters: Retrotec's DM-32 and TEC's DG-1000. To make these devices even more powerful, each manufacturer offers an app that expands the instruments' capabilities while making operation a breeze. With these new introductions, Retrotec's DM-2 and TEC's DG-700 are no longer available from the manufacturers.
By no means is the Program advising you to buy these new pieces of equipment just for the sake of buying them. However, if you are in the market to purchase new equipment, these new tools are worth considering. Keep in mind that Retrotec's DM-32 works with Retrotec equipment and is also compatible with TEC blower doors and duct blasters as well as a host of other TEC equipment. Each company has quite a bit of information online pertaining to the new instruments. In addition, both manufacturers have numerous videos available online describing their new devices. The video links below give in-depth instruction regarding proper use of the pressure and flow gauges in a variety of applications. One of the best ways to stay abreast of upcoming trainings and webinars is to sign up for the company's newsletters (the second link listed under each company).
For more information, follow the links below:
The Energy Conservatory
An Excellent Holiday Gift for Your Customers
With the holidays rapidly approaching, it would be nice to have a few extra bucks in your pocket. You can do your part to see to it that your customers receive their incentives in time for holiday gifts, parties, home improvements or just to stash away for a rainy day.
ICF, RHA and Program management have been hard at work for the last few months assisting Participating Contractors with project completion. The Program has recently communicated the importance of having all projects post-retrofit submitted by November 15 for incentives to be paid prior to year-end. Once projects have been post-retrofit submitted, it's important that Participating Contractors complete their punch lists and address any issues brought up by the Program in a timely manner. Not doing so might keep projects from being processed, and the customer's incentive will be delayed.
Your help will go a long way in closing out projects. Our tech reviewers, Account Managers and coordinators have been and will continue to work closely with one another to keep Participating Contractors informed regarding documents, images or any other items that may be required to close out a project.
We realize that this will be a busy time for many Participating Contractors as you complete your final projects of the year. By taking the time to supply requested documentation, there is a better chance that all of your projects will close out in a timely manner. Doing so will allow your customers to receive their incentive in a timely manner, and that's a great holiday gift!