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Download our presentation slides (pdf) Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLESHow to Install Flex Duct ProperlyShould Flex Duct Be Banned?The Two Main Reasons Your Ducts Don’t Move Enough AirHow to Move Air Quietly Through a Duct SystemThe Science of Air Flow in Flex DuctRaining, Dripping, Crying Duct BootsKeeping Ducts IndoorsWhy Don’t More HVAC Contractors Own Duct Leakage Testers?The Fundamentals of Rigid Duct DesignUsing Total Effective Length in Duct DesignDuct Leakage TestingSealing Ducts: What’s Better, Tape or Mastic? I showed one graph (see Image #2, below) from the Texas A&M research on pressure drops in flex versus sheet metal ducts. What the data show is that if you pull the inner liner of flex duct perfectly tight, flex performs the same as rigid sheet metal ducts. That’s not just three sets of data below in image 2; it’s six. Flex and sheet metal pressure drops for 6-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch ducts. They’re the same, which means you can size flex the same as rigid… if you pull it perfectly tight.Then I got into the Manual D duct design process, which is all stuff that’s in my duct design series here in the blog. I briefly discussed available static pressure, total effective length, and friction rate. I concluded that the pressure drops of fittings dominate the process… unless you install flex like I showed in some of those photos in my introduction. Then we really don’t know what’s happening, but we do know that you’re choking off the air flow.Every turn and every piece of flex not pulled tight results in pressure drops. How many places do you see in image 3 below where you might have a problem? (Thanks to Thomas Battoe for this a-maze-ing photo!)Chris Van Rite and the ASHRAE duct calculatorAt that point, I yielded the floor to Chris and he spoke more about that Texas A&M research on pressure drops. He also mentioned the Air Duct Council (a trade association for flex duct) and their guide called Flexible Duct Performance & Installation Standards. (Yes, I’ve written about that, too.)He wrapped up his part by showing how to use the new ASHRAE duct calculator. (He also managed to get 500 of the calculators donated so everyone at Summer Camp got to take one home.) I covered how to use the duct calculator in my duct design series, so you can check that out here in the blog.Is rigid duct the answer?Well, maybe. In our third part HVAC design here at Energy Vanguard, we design a lot of systems that use rigid duct for the trunk lines and flex for the branches. That’s not one of ours in Image 4 below, but it’s the same concept.But as with just about everything, it’s not the product or the material that matters. I’ve got some fun photos of rigid duct systems, too. I have no idea what the designers/installers were thinking when they created this thing you see in Image 5 below.Flex duct systems that workFlex duct systems can work great. And they really are way better for noise control than rigid duct. You just have to design and install it properly. Some people can do that, like my friends in California. In Image 6 (below) you can see a beautiful flex duct system done by Mike MacFarland and his company Energy Docs.I also showed some work done by Gavin Healy and Dan Perunko of Balance Point Home Performance and by a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Alabama that Energy Vanguard’s own Andy Bell worked on. Based on what I’ve seen, flex duct works best when you:Pull it tightUse it only for straight runsTurn the air with rigid fittingsAnd there you have it. Based on the comments and discussions I had with people after the talk, I think we stirred things up a bit. Maybe it’ll even help bring about a little bit of change. I recently spoke at the Westford Symposium on Building Science. You may know it better as Building Science Summer Camp, since that’s what everyone calls it. I’ll fill you in on what you missed if you weren’t there.IntroductionI gave this presentation with Chris Van Rite, who works for M&M Manufacturing in the Dallas area. We had given a presentation together (along with Robert Bean) at the beginning of this year at the ASHRAE conference in Las Vegas, so he got us on the Summer Camp program to discuss flex duct. He travels around Texas teaching contractors about duct systems and air flow and was on the ASHRAE committee that developed the new duct calculator showing the results for flex duct not pulled tight.This was the first time I’ve spoken at Summer Camp, so I was a bit nervous. Before my talk I kept asking people if they’d take my place. One person even considered it seriously. When the time finally came for us to go up in front of 450 really smart people, I calmed down a bit. After Joe Lstiburek introduced us, I spoke first, then Chris spoke, and at the end, I came back to wrap things up. Here’s the video of my introduction. (Thanks to Joe Medosch for setting up his GoPro in the front row! Next time I should use a mic with the video.)There it is. You’ve got all my best flex duct jokes now. (A couple of those are from my friend Mike MacFarland.)Air resistance and Manual DAfter the intro, I got serious and jumped into the air flow issues with ducts. Pretty much everything in my talk is something I’ve written about here, so I’ll point you to the appropriate articles. I began with the two causes of reduced air flow in ducts: friction and turbulence.
(Correction: Dan Doreen’s name was incorrectly spelled.)By Kenneth Jackson and Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsAbout three dozen Mohawks from Tyendinaga blocked the main rail line between Toronto and Montreal for several hours Sunday in support of hunger-striking Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and the Idle No More movement.The move forced CN to suspend all rail traffic along the line.The blockade stranded about 2,000 passengers, said VIA Rail in a statement to media.This was the same rail line, between Belleville, Ont., and Napanee, Ont., shut down in 2007 for almost 12 hours by the Mohawks as part of a planned national day of action.“It’s not about me, it’s not about you, it’s about Chief Spence and everyone else dying,” said Tom Maracle, a Mohawk from Tyendinaga, at the blockade.Maracle, however, issued a warning.“This is peaceful. The next one won’t be,” he said.A fire was keeping the blockaders warm. The blockade was launched at about 4 p.m. local time. OPP arrived on the scene at about 8 p.m. The blockade was expected to end sometime late Sunday evening.CN spokesman Jim Feeny said CN had suspended all rail traffic until the blockade ended.“This is the main line,” he said. “It is a heavily used line…We are hoping that the issue can be resolved and that traffic can be resumed as quickly as possible.”[email protected]@[email protected]@JorgeBarrera
Lindsay RichardsonAPTN NewsTwo community-based organizations in Nunavik, northern Quebec, will be receiving a million-dollar investment from the provincial government in the hopes of improving quality of life for the region’s elders.“Nunavik has a distinctive character and unique characteristics in Quebec,” Andree Laforest, Minister of municipal affairs and housing, said in a statement Thursday. “Its cultural and linguistic heritage, its art, and the history of its people make it a territory rich in traditions that are essential to preserve.“To achieve this, we must support seniors in order to ensure that they have access to adequate living conditions and that they can pass on their knowledge,” Laforest added.Laforest confirmed that more than $1.8 million provided through the Regional Radiation Support Fund (RARF) would directly fund projects overseen by the Kativik Regional government and the Ayagutaq Inukjuak Seniors House.The boost comes as a part of a province-wide strategy to prioritize senior care and re-distribute resources – news that was well-received by leaders in Nunavik.“For the past four years, our regional councillors and mayors have asked that [these services] be available to seniors,” explained Jennifer Munick, chairperson of the Kativik Regional Government.“It is on their behalf that that Kativik Regional Government expresses its gratitude for the efforts invested in the implementation of this service,” she added.Kativik Regional Government will receive a majority share of the investment – a total of $1.7 million – in order to hire a coordinator in each of Nunavik’s 14 villages on a three-year contract basis.Coordinators will be tasked with “organizing recreational activities for seniors in their community, representing them on various local and regional committees, and facilitating the transmission of traditional knowledge to future generations,” according to a press statement.The funds will also be used in part to implement initiatives prioritizing senior safety, as well as access to traditional food and housing.“The resources we’re investing in will make life easier for these people, thanks to new services such as snow shoveling and sawing,” according to Marguerite Blais, Quebec Minister for Seniors – the province’s first minister appointed specifically to alleviate strain on caregivers and those who support aging loved ones.The 2019-2020 Quebec Budget, tabled by the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) government, saw a 5.4 per cent overall increase, including $215 million annual investment to hire and retain caregiving staff at long-term care centers and hospitals, $280 million to add home care and support services, as well as $21 million to support “informal” caregivers.A controversial report tabled at the National Assembly in 2018 revealed that senior or long-term care services were “deficient and flawed” under the previous Liberal government – something Premier Francois Legault promised to amend.As part of this most recent announcement, $100,000 will go towards the construction of an eldercare residence for up to 16 people, which will also serve as a day center for all seniors in the community.“This initiative will not only promote the history of the Inuit, but also that of Quebec,” said Sylvie d’Amours, Quebec minister of Indigenous [email protected]@sentimtl
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 1, 2017 – Nassau – Veteran Journalist and Photographer Eric Rose presented a copy of his book, Poetry of A Life Renewed, to Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, during a courtesy call at Government House, Tuesday, October 31, 2017.(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) Related Items: