Program TitleBalanced Ventilation for High Performance Homes
Time, LocationOctober 30 (Tuesday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm) San Jose--Pipe Trades
Also Offeredn/a
DescriptionThis intermediate to advanced class is intended for builders and developers of zero net energy new homes, as well as home performance and mechanical contractors working to improve the energy efficiency, comfort, and indoor air quality of existing homes. Residential energy consultants, utility personnel, and building officials will also find it useful.
Audience LevelWe recommend that students already have a basic understanding of the purpose for California minimum requirements for whole house ventilation systems (which is covered in PG&E’s class Ventilate Right, Build Tight), and/or have experience selecting, designing, and installing whole house ventilation systems.
Introductions and Safety Announcements
The state of residential ventilation in California.
Diagnostics (testing ventilation systems and house tightness levels).
Evaluating if ventilation meets the needs of the occupants (indoor air quality).
How ventilation systems impact building pressures.
Fan energy vs. building heating and cooling load.
Equipment selection criteria.
Control strategies.
Locating the system to maximize performance.
Proper ducting for ventilation systems.
Commissioning balanced ventilation systems.
Measuring system energy performance.
Measuring effective heat recovery.
Evaluating ventilation systems for primary heat distribution.
Wrap-up, Q&A, Post-course evaluation
Instructor(s)Gavin Healy
Gavin Healy has worked in residential remodeling for over 12 years, with a focus on fixing houses that are 75 years or older. In 2006, Gavin co-founded Balance Point Home Performance with Dan Perunko and has since been running a successful full service home performance analysis, retrofit and consulting company. Gavin is a trainer with and a Building Performance Institute test proctor. Gavin enjoys making existing houses perform better than typical new construction. His goal as a trainer is to get individual contractors and companies to focus on the details that measurably impact a building’s efficiency, comfort, and cost of operation.

Dan Perunko
Dan Perunko has worked in construction-related fields for 20 years, and he has 10 years experience renovating residential buildings. In 2006 he co-founded (with Gavin Healy) Balance Point Home Performance Inc., a home performance testing and retrofit company in Nevada County, California. He is also a trainer for CBPCA (California Building Performance Contractors Association) and test proctor for BPI (Building Performance Institute). Dan has a BA in psychology and a MA emphasizing experiential education. He brings skills gained in his education to his home performance training.
CostNo fee for this program for California businesses and residents.