From the video team that created Home Diagnosis comes the documenting of HOMEChem (House Observations of Microbial and Environmental Chemistry), the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's historic indoor chemistry campaign at the University of Texas at Austin. Learn more at: https://HomeDiagnosis.tv/homechem
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Corbett gets Atila Novoselac to share what the Test House is all about at the University of Texas at Austin. Delphine Farmer and Marina Vance show off the trailers surrounding it, and describe the instruments that'll be running 24/7 measuring the indoor chemistry of the Test House's air. https://HomeDiagnosis.tv/homechem
Corbett and Grace report from HOMEChem in Austin during the open house extravaganza.
Grace and Corbett report from the frontier of indoor air quality, HOMEChem (House Observations of Microbial and Environmental Chemistry). This is their crash course in the instruments that were assembled for this experiment, and the experience of having those millions of dollars of chemistry instruments take a long, hard smell of your offgassing.
Grace and Corbett tour the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources with THE TRAVELER of HOMEChem, Lea Hildebrandt-Ruiz. She shows off her atmospheric chemistry laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin, where she's been testing the harmful effects of pollution on tiny pieces of people!
Corbett freaked out about particles from mosquito repellant and spray sunscreen, especially for his 3-month old little girl. Luckily, he has two of the world's top indoor chemistry experts to advise him and Grace.
Welcome to HOMEChem's last Festivity-Associated Kitchen Emissions Study (FAKESgiving) complete with turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce cooked like you'd drive a submarine. As House Observations of Microbial and Environmental Chemistry wraps up, we're digging deeper and deeper into how our cooking, cleaning, and hanging out habits affect the air we breathe in homes.
Body Splash or Body Sprays- these teen-loving products carry more than what is listed on the bottle. What is lingering afterwards and what is the chemistry looking like as the school day ends?
Grace and Corbett brain dump on the last day of HOMEChem, as researchers swab the Test House's surfaces for microbe samples.
Meet some of the heroes of HOMEChem (House Observations of Microbial and Environmental Chemistry) and the University of Texas-Austin's Test House! Subscribe and stay tuned for more about this first-ever groundbreaking experiment that will change how all of us see our homes.
Corbett performs a blower door test on LG Squared Architecture's #OffGridHomestead. Will Chris's toolshed beat the record set by the #DryVault? Will Passive House standards be outperformed? Will Corbett remember to plug in all his hoses?
Last week I made my first site visit to the mountains of North Carolina to start performance testing the #OffGridHomestead. This is an uber-homebuild with LG Squared Architects (now also LG Cubed Builders) and Chris Laumer-Giddens has a lot to show us, even at this rough in stage, with saws running and tractors rumbling around.
I'd love to show you this, but my client has asked that I take this video down while they try to reconcile with the installer. Fingers crossed everybody, and sorry to be a tease.
Corbett traveled from Atlanta to Orlando to help Matt Moreman of Obsessed Garage get all the spec's on his 4000 sq. ft. house. See the blower door setup, 3D modeling, kitchen exhaust hood pressure testing, and inspection of the home's exterior and attic in preparation for the Vitals Checkup package:
Next, we run the blower door depressurization and pressurization tests, and the beginnings of infrared thermography and zonal pressure testing across the house:
We continue going beyond the traditional 'energy audit' performance testing to create a prioritized map of home improvements to control comfort, moisture, air quality, energy efficiency and durability:
Time for home improvement conclusions and recommendations for Matt's family, including air sealing, duct sealing, and equalization of heat flow in rooms of the house:
As Matt plans for his future headquarters for Obsessed Garage, Corbett starts the energy consulting process for controlling all the invisible dynamics of the building: heat bleed, airflow and pressure, moisture, and air quality:
See Corbett put the finishing touches on the airsealing and insulation of the #DryVault's enclosure in Atlanta. All that's left is to test the airtightness and insulation perfection with blower doors, infrared cameras, lasers and spaceships. For more on the Intello material and process, visit http://foursevenfive.com
Part 2 of building the #DryVault- the world's highest performance tool shed, in Atlanta. See Corbett insulate it to Grade 1 quality with Roxul Comfortbatts! For more on the insulation material, check out http://www.roxul.com/
Welcome to the #DryVault, a super airtight, insulated, and dehumidified tool shed for the Building Performance Workshop's diagnostic tools in Atlanta, GA. Corbett will be helping homeowners make higher performance decisions on home improvement and new construction in Atlanta from this home base, and we can't wait to show off the framing and airsealing systems used here! For more on the airsealing products used, check out 475 High Performance Building Supply.