How Energy Efficient Is Our Campus Building?

Antioch University New England has contracted with Zero by Degrees, LLC to conduct an analysis of the 40 Avon Street campus building envelope. Using techniques such as infrared thermography and fog testing, Jon Haehnel from Zero by Degrees can pinpoint heat-loss problems and air leaks. The evening tests on October 19 will be a crash course in blower-door testing (air-tightness testing), measuring R-value with an infrared thermometer, infrared imaging, and determining the R-value of windows.

The event will start at 7:30 p.m. Testing will begin to wrap up at midnight and be fully completed by 2 a.m. Volunteers may choose to leave at 10 p.m., 11 p.m., or midnight. Please note that the building must be closed between 11 p.m. and midnight, when no one can enter or leave. This testing is weather dependent.

The second round of testing will be held on Wednesday, October 21. On that date Haehnel and volunteers will measure the building, check air leaks identified with infrared camera, use a smoke pencil, and conduct R-value investigations. The program starts at 7:30 p.m.

Interested in learning more about this process? If so, ten volunteers are needed for each of the two pieces of training/test schedules. Contact Abigail Abrash Walton if you would like to participate.

Both programs will meet in the ANE Community Room.

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