Air leakage is a major source of energy loss as well as discomfort in many homes. Common areas of air leakage include kneewalls, recessed lights, attic hatches, windows and doors, flue and duct chase ways, vents, wiring holes, cantilevers, band and rim joists, etc. Besides the cost and comfort issues, air leakage also contributes to issues with indoor air quality by allowing moisture, mold and dust to enter inside conditioned space from the attic, crawlspace and outside.
Air-sealing (followed by insulation) remains the key to “Step 1” home energy efficiency. One of the most common mistakes homeowners make is adding insulation without air-sealing the envelope first. Insulation cannot stop air movement! In fact, fiberglass, cellulose, and the vast majority of insulation materials are designed as nothing more than a filter. Air is not “trapped” in the filter, it is just slowed. Over time, insulation will reflect this filtering effect by looking dirty.
EDGE Energy is a highly-regarded Residential, Commercial, and Government renewable energy systems installer and “green” building contractor which is licensed, insured, and bonded in all counties of VA, DC, and MD. We design and install custom solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy systems with pride and with proven track records. Our special focus is completing projects which decrease utility bills and energy consumption by 25% to well over 100% – even creating homes that are “net-positive.” An Energy Audit is the first step to your energy efficient home!
Visit our project maps page to learn about homeowners in your neighborhood that have worked with EDGE in the past. Remember, EDGE Energy works with HOA’s, civic groups, trade organizations, office pools, or just simply any GROUP of organized homeowners interested in completing blocks of energy audits AND retrofit services like weatherization, duct-sealing, or air-sealing, and attic insulation. Many special pricing offers have been extended in the past due to the hard work of various “Neighborhood Champions” – those who have dedicated extra time to organizing group meetings, gathering email distribution lists, and assisting with scheduling.
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To achieve Passivhaus certification, the homes have to achieve a minimum air tightness level of 0.60 ACH 50, which is five times “tighter” than the 3.0 ACH 50 required of new Maryland code-built houses. In this image, Robert Champ of...
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