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Title: Measure Guideline: Summary of Interior Ducts in New Construction, Including an Efficient, Affordable Method to Install Fur-Down Interior Ducts

This document illustrates guidelines for the efficient installation of interior duct systems in new housing, including the fur-up chase method, the fur-down chase method, and interior ducts positioned in sealed attics or sealed crawl spaces. This document illustrates guidelines for the efficient installation of interior duct systems in new housing. Interior ducts result from bringing the duct work inside a home's thermal and air barrier. Architects, designers, builders, and new home buyers should thoroughly investigate any opportunity for energy savings that is as easy to implement during construction, such as the opportunity to construct interior duct work. In addition to enhanced energy efficiency, interior ductwork results in other important advantages, such as improved indoor air quality, increased system durability and increased homeowner comfort. While the advantages of well-designed and constructed interior duct systems are recognized, the implementation of this approach has not gained a significant market acceptance. This guideline describes a variety of methods to create interior ducts including the fur-up chase method, the fur-down chase method, and interior ducts positioned in sealed attics or sealed crawl spaces. As communication of the intent of an interior duct system, and collaboration on its construction are paramount to success, this guideline detailsmore » the critical design, planning, construction, inspection, and verification steps that must be taken. Involved in this process are individuals from the design team; sales/marketing team; and mechanical, insulation, plumbing, electrical, framing, drywall and solar contractors.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1029856
Report Number(s):
DOE/GO-102011-3421
KNDJ-0-40339-00; TRN: US201201%%240
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Related Information: Work performed by Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction (BA-PIRC), Cocoa, Florida
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Building Technologies Program
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; AIR QUALITY; ARCHITECTS; ATTICS; BUILDERS; COMMUNICATIONS; CONSTRUCTION; CONTRACTORS; DESIGN; DUCTS; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; IMPLEMENTATION; INDOORS; MARKET; MARKETERS; PLANNING; PLUMBING; RECOMMENDATIONS; VERIFICATION BUILDING AMERICA; HVAC; DUCT SYSTEMS; INDOOR AIR QUALITY; Building America