21May, 2015

Blower Door Test – Personal Experience from Jerry Linder President FHBA

Jerry Linder, President of the FHBA, was our Special Guest and did a marvelous job speaking at our Membership Breakfast on Wednesday.  Read one of the topics he touched on- the Blower Door Test   
President’s ReportIn school, we received grades for quizzes that would determine how we would fair on a real test. I had an opportunity to have a house that I am currently building scrutinized (or graded) by Jane and Randy Conn, local members of the Tallahassee Builders Association who are also HERS Raters. I desired an assessment to determine if I was ready for the new building code effective July 1, 2015. I wanted them to emphasize if I was building a home that would create the appropriate thermal envelope necessary to pass the blower door test.How did I fair? Let’s just say it was an eye opening experience. The results do not suggest that I need to re-learn how to build a home. However, the feedback does suggests that I tweak a few building practices such as framing, insulation and house wrapping. Imagine the frustration of not passing the blower door test because of a minor issues with a few building practices on an already completed house. The changes I am being encouraged to make are easy to comply with, provided I know in advance what to do.

Therefore, I encourage you all to get educated to understand what it takes to pass the blower door test. FHBA and our local BAs are offering educational opportunities. Click here to access these opportunities. Another option, find a HERS Rater who is a member of your local association and ask them to grade your house. Whichever approach you take, you will likely have a similar eye opening experience.
Jerry Linder is a custom home builder, a Past President of the Northeast Florida Builders Association, and 2015 President of the FHBA

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20May, 2015

Thanks For Joining Us For the HBCA Member Breakfast on May 20, 2015

Thanks to all that joined us for the member breakfast.  The food was great and the guest speakers were very informative.  Big thanks to Jim Harvest from Harvest Web Design discussing upcoming improvements to the HBCA website including spotlighting new members on the home page.  Then we heard from Dave Ashley from the NAHB, Rusty Payton from FHBA, and lastly, FHBA President,  Jerry Linder discussing state and national legislation.

If you were not able to make it, we really missed you and hope to see you at the next one.  Here are a few pictures from this event.

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