The primary function of the thermal envelope of your home is to separate the outside of your house from the inside of your house. Or, to put it another way, the thermal envelope keeps the outside out and the inside in, including your conditioned air. The building envelope acts to a building somewhat like our skin acts for a human.
With green remodeling, the home owner is concerned with both sides of the building enclosure but he or she is always looking for breaks in the building envelope.
Often when an energy-efficiency remodeling is started, there are many breaks in the building envelope or skin. Your home is "bleeding" conditioned air which is costing you utility dollars.
One of the purposes of the green remodel, then, is to restore the building envelope to a whole "skin."
Although you may already know where some air leakage occurs in your home, looking for breaks in the envelope is sometimes done with a blower door test.
This test, also called a door rater test, is employed to determine the air leakage in a home. It uses a variable-speed fan to pressurize or depressurize a house.
Once the breaks are discovered, the skin can be stitched together and healed.
This is done in a variety of ways but chief among this repair process is plain old caulking and weather stripping.
In general caulking and weather stripping any gaps will pay for itself within one year in energy savings.
Caulking and weather stripping will also help eliminate drafts and help your home feel warmer when it’s cold outside.
Since any plan to tighten the thermal envelope of a home should also include an inspection of the home’s ventilation, a super-tight home is best examined by a remodeling consultant or professional.
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