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Effective air barrier for the rim joist
Electrical boxes are sealed with air sealing tape.
Electronically controlled dampers allow this central air system to provide zoned heating and cooling to specific parts of the home.
Elevate stored lumber
ENERGY STAR ceiling fans can help occupants feel cool so HVAC air conditioning systems can be turned down for energy savings.
ENERGY STAR certified LEDS save energy and money compared to halogen lamps used for the same application.
ENERGY STAR climate zone map for windows
ENERGY STAR climate-specific criteria for windows and skylights
ENERGY STAR rated dishwasher.
ENERGY STAR reflective roof shingles and low-SHGC windows with low-emissivity coatings help to minimize solar heat gain.
ENERGY STAR reflective shingles cover the roof, which is ideally angled for solar panels.
ENERGY STAR requires exhaust fans set for intermittent operation to have a sound rating of ≤ 3 sones and exhaust fans set for continual operation to have a sound rating of ≤ 1 sone.
ENERGY STAR Window Specifications
ENERGY STAR-certified refrigerators save energy and money for consumers
ENERGY STAR-rated ceiling fans and openable windows oriented to prevailing summer breezes help provide low-cost cooling.
ENERGY STAR-rated ceiling fans save energy when operating and provide cooling movement to reduce the need for coolant-based air conditioning.
Engineered studs of wood mixed with resin provide very straight, strong studs for the 2x6 walls.
Ensure that the air handler location does not conflict with duct routing
Example of an HVAC installer’s balancing report form
Excessive length of duct installed
Excessive length of duct installed causing sharp bends
Excessive length of duct installed causing sharp bends
Exhaust duct has been mechanically fastened and sealed with mastic
Exhaust duct is well supported by framing and support straps
Exhaust duct only mechanically fastened and not sealed
Exhaust duct only mechanically fastened and not sealed
Exhaust duct work and penetration to the exterior have been sealed with mastic
Exhaust duct work and penetration to the exterior have not been sealed
Exhaust fan installed but in wrong direction causing excessive bend and duct is uninsulated
Exhaust fan terminates to the outside
Exhaust fans in separate dwelling units should not share a common exhaust
Exhaust has been properly installed, sealed, and terminates to outdoors
Exhaust pipe should be made of smooth, rigid duct and any bends should be gradual, not sharp
Exhaust terminates inside of soffit and was just covered
Exhaust terminates to the outside away from air inlets
Exhibit 1 - DOE ZERH Mandatory Window Requirements [Revision 07].
Exhibit 1: ENERGY STAR Reference Design Home for Version 3.1 (Rev. 09)
Exhibit 1: ENERGY STAR Reference Design Home for Version 3.1 (Rev. 09)
Exhibit 2 - DOE ZERH Target Home HVAC Equipment Requirements [Revision 07]
Exhibit 2 - DOE ZERH Target Home Window Requirements [Revision 07].
Exhibit 2: Mandatory Requirements for All Certified Homes Version 3/3.1 (Rev. 09)
Existing wall-to-lower roof transition retrofitted with a new strip of fully adhered air control transition membrane, new step flashing, new roof underlayment, and new cladding
Expanded polystyrene insulation is installed with joints taped and lath attached in preparation for the application of stucco. Windows are flashed to the drainage plane (not seen), which is behind the insulation.
Exterior aluminum storm window showing weep channel, example 1
Exterior aluminum storm window showing weep channel, example 2
Exterior aluminum storm windows showing weep channel
Exterior storm window
Exterior surface of below-grade walls finished as follows: For poured concrete, concrete masonry, and insulated concrete forms, finish with damp-proof coating
Exterior surface of below-grade walls finished as follows: For wood-framed walls, finish with polyethylene and adhesive or other equivalent waterproofing
Exterior window replacement detail
Extra-wide air sealing tape seals seam where the structural insulated panels (SIPs) that form the roof and walls meet.
Extruded polystyrene (XPS) rigid foam is taped at the seams to provides a continuous air and weather-resistant barrier so no house wrap is needed; it also provides a continuous layer of insulation.
Faced fiberglass batt insulation can be stapled to the stud faces or slightly inset, but avoid compressing the batts
Faced fiberglass batt insulation incorrectly installed
Factory construction practices offer a climate-controlled environment for constructing high-performance homes.
Fan CFM rating is higher than the requirement increasing the likelihood that it will meet the performance level once installed
Fan CFM rating is higher than the requirement increasing the likelihood that it will meet the performance level once installed
Fan exhaust ducts vent out through the soffit vent.
Fan housing was oriented in the correct direction to allow proper exhaust duct installation
Fan housing was oriented in the correct direction to allow proper exhaust duct installation
Fan shares exhaust and does not have dack-draft damper installed
Fan shares exhaust and has a back-draft damper installed
Fans from seperate dwellings exhausted together without back-draft dampers and not sealed
Fiber board sheets are available with pre-cut shiplapped ends
Fiberglass duct board typically comes in sheets 4 foot wide by 10 foot long
Figure showing the interior workings of a water softener.
Fill area around shield with insulation
Fill in the hole left by the missing top plate with a rigid air blocking material or rolled batt insulation that is spray foamed in place
Fill the joist bays with fiberglass batt orspray foam
Fill the joist bays with fiberglass batt or spray foam

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