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BlueGreen Consulting and Humber receive grant from the NSERC ARD program
September 29, 2013
BlueGreen Consulting is a dynamic company that provides practical a wide variety of technical services for high performance new homes as well as deep energy retrofitted vintage homes. With many aging homes in Toronto experiencing massive heat loss, discomfort and condensation issues, BlueGreen provides the diagnostic and remediation services that keep Ontario homes comfortable and super efficient. Establishing that a house is air tight is a large part of this process: air tightness can reduce energy consumption due to air leakage, decrease problems associated with moisture, increase durability and minimize drafts and indoor air pollution.
Greg Labbé, co-owner of BlueGreen, is collaborating with Humber faculty Kerry Johnston & Dragos Paraschiv, from the Sustainable Energy and Building Technology (SEBT) program, to measure air leakage of vintage brick semi-detached and town homes in the Junction and Riverdale neighbourhoods of Toronto. This study aims to improve modeled energy savings projection accuracy for government energy efficiency programs including utility based conservation programs for low income Canadians. Using a blower door that mounts into the frame of an exterior door of a house, students from the SEBT program at Humber will measure the air infiltration rate of participating attached homes simultaneously. The data collected will help homeowners and contractors make informed decisions when retrofitting older homes effectively and durably, increase the energy performance of Ontario housing, and provide the industry partner with valuable information to identify areas of energy savings in aging buildings.
Funding for this project has been provided by: