Tuesday, May 5, 2009

HEET Weatherization Barn Raising

On April 26, I attended a HEET Weatherization Barn Raising in Cambridge. The Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) is a Cambridge-based co-op bringing neighbors together to weatherize their homes and take the energy future into their own hands. A large group of volunteers, guided by some home energy efficiency experts, went weatherized two houses in the Cambridgeport area. Activities included: insulation and foam around the band joists, flashing and caulking around the chimney opening, mortar around bricks and pipe penetrations, caulking and weatherstripping around doors, foam gaskets behind electrical outlets, adjusted and tightened hinges, a hard piped dryer vent, and more. The houses were later tested with a blower door to determine their air leakage and event ended with pizza and live music. It was an extremely educational, rewarding, and fun experience.

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