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Demonstration of full height basement insulation construction methods.

In the summer of 1991 Buchan, Lawton, Parent Ltd. was issued a contract by the Ontario Home Builders' Association Steering Committee on Full Height Basement Insulation (FHBI) with representation from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Canadian Portland Cement Association, Ontario Ministries of Energy and Housing, Low Rise Forming Contractors' Association, Ontario Concrete Block Association, Ontario New Home Warranty Program, and The Society of the Plastics Industry of Canada, to carry out a demonstration of FHBI construction methods.

The indoor air quality and the ventilation performance of four occupied residential buildings with dynamic insulation.

Dynamic insulation has been used in non domestic buildings for 20- 30 years in order to reduce the heat loss and to bring preheated air into the buildings. Dynamic insulation means a construction where the air is being forced through the insulation, usually from the colder outside air into the heated building. The Norwegian Building Research Institute has been engaged to evaluate 12 row houses, with dynamic insulation used in the roof, which has been built in the Oslo area. 4 of the houses were monitored over a period of time.

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