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Water vapor mass balance method for determining air infiltration rates in housesAuthor(s): David R. DeWalle; Gordon M. Heisler
Source: Research Note NE-301. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 7 p.
Publication Series: Research Note (RN)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionA water vapor mass balance technique that includes the use of common humidity-control equipment can be used to determine average air infiltration rates in buildings. Only measurements of the humidity inside and outside the home, the mass of vapor exchanged by a humidifier/dehumidifier, and the volume of interior air space are needed. This method gives results that compare favorably with those obtained with standard methods that include the use of CO2 as a tracer gas.
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CitationDeWalle, David R.; Heisler, Gordon M. 1980. Water vapor mass balance method for determining air infiltration rates in houses. Research Note NE-301. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 7 p.
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