Residential Crawl Space Conditioning and Sealing Retrofits

Category: 
Residential
Project Number: 
ET14SCE1100
Start Year: 
2014
End Year: 
2018
Markets Segments: 
Residential
Project Type: 
Demand Savings
Gas Energy Savings
Type of Technology: 
Demand Response
HVAC, Residential
Organization: 
Southern California Edison (SCE)
Project Status: 
Completed
Savings Type: 
Home

The measure under study is the sealing and conditioning of existing baseline, and vented crawl spaces at single-family residences. Sealed, conditioned crawl spaces have a vapor barrier on the earthen floor, insulation on the crawl space walls, and a pathway for conditioned air to circulate. The measure can improve building envelope air tightness, reduce duct leakage loads, reduce humidity levels, and improve overall air quality. It may also improve demand response effectiveness by increasing available cool air that comes in contact with the thermal mass during a Demand Response (DR) event. Past studies have found that the measure can achieve Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) energy savings of 15-32% in new construction and eliminate excessive crawl space humidity.

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