Month: June 2012

Energy audits a waste of energy

NR Can energy audit is another failed government program which only has had limited success due to rebates for audit required to obtain rebates for windows and furnaces etc. Will this become another program like the "emissions testing", only kept in place because of cost of dismantling program. NR Can has licensed Providers whose

The Beginning of Energy Management and Audits

In the Beginning ASHRAE 90-75, released in 1975, was the first ASHRAE Standard 90 and the first real energy standard for commercial buildings. Standard 90-75 led to a short-lived and virtually unknown energy code called the Model Code for Energy Conservation (1977). The requirements in 90-75 showed up in the first Model Energy Code in

WETT Inspections in Barrie ON

Cast iron and steel have almost identical conductivity ratings and both are suitable for stoves; however, the Insurance Information Institute recommends cast iron. In either case, the thicker the metal, the longer the stove will last. About 70 percent of a stove’s usable heat comes from radiation; therefore, it is important that it be made

Foundations – Cracks and Cures

Concrete foundations are of two types – poured concrete and concrete block. Poured concrete is a modern manner of laying foundations, while concrete blocks are more traditional. Concrete blocks are preferred for their visual appeal and strength. Yet, as time passes, there may be degradation of concrete. The prime cause of cracks in concrete foundation

Oil Tank Certification in Ontario

Basic Information 1.    Oil tanks installed prior to 1971 are grandfathered and are “deemed” to be approved. 2.    All oil tanks installed after 1971 are required to be ULC approved. 3.    Oil tanks are to be inspected annually by TSSA certified fuel oil burner technician, and a comprehensive examination every ten years 4.    90 day period may be granted

The Air Barrier and Your Home

Prevention is possible by ensuring all your insulation is covered by a vapour barrier, most codes call for a minimum of 6 mm poly, and all penetrations are overlapped and taped by Tuck tape, the red tape not the silver duct tape of Red Green fame. All electrical boxes, windows, switches, and

Chimney Fires and WETT Inspections

The first indication of a chimney fire is usually the noise-a roaring sound that grows louder as the fire’s intensity increases. Clouds of black smoke and sparks will be seen exiting the top of the chimney; in severe fires, flames can extend several fee about the chimney. A chimney fire occurs when a creosote or


WETT (Wood Energy Technology Transfer) SITE (System Inspections and Technical Evaluation) SITE is a set of standardized guidelines recommended by WETT for the inspection and evaluation of wood-burning and other solid fuel burning systems. This chart identifies what each inspection level includes, its purpose and process. An inspection at any level may include more but not less