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Title: Combustion Safety Simplified Test Protocol Field Study

Combustions safety is an important step in the process of upgrading homes for energy efficiency. There are several approaches used by field practitioners, but researchers have indicated that the test procedures in use are complex to implement and provide too many false positives. Field failures often mean that the house is not upgraded until after remediation or not at all, if not include in the program. In this report the PARR and NorthernSTAR DOE Building America Teams provide a simplified test procedure that is easier to implement and should produce fewer false positives. A survey of state weatherization agencies on combustion safety issues, details of a field data collection instrumentation package, summary of data collected over seven months, data analysis and results are included. The project team collected field data on 11 houses in 2015.
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  1. Gas Technology Inst., Des Plaines, IL (United States)
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Technical Report
Research Org:
Gas Technology Inst., Des Plaines, IL (United States). Partnership for Advanced Residential Retrofit and NorthernSTAR
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Building Technologies Office (EE-5B) (Building America)
Country of Publication:
United States
residential; Residential Buildings; PARR; Building America; combustion safety; gas appliance venting; depressurization; inspection; remediation; Minnesota; Illinois; furnaces; water heaters; field study