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Canterbury Woods Neighborhood Pilot Energy Audit Project
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Common Air LeaksIn 2010, with funding support from the Building America Program and Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, VSBN worked with the Canterbury Woods Civic Association of Fairfax County in a pilot project to evaluate and perform energy audits on some of the most common home models in the neighborhood.

This neighborhood of more than 500 homes was built in the 1960's and early 1970's, and fit the demographics of a neighborhood of similar housing stock, where group assessments could be made that would result in quick movement towards housing retrofit. Six models were selected for energy audits. As a result of the project, model-specific deficiencies were uncovered that homeowners with the same or similar model may use to determine which types of energy upgrades are needed in their own homes.

Common Air Leaks
Infrared thermography: air infiltration at top plate. (Click for larger image)

Additionally, the Canterbury Woods' homeowners were able to learn of common builder issues that were uncovered, to further aide them in evaluating energy deficiencies in their own home. As part of the program, the homeowners also received information on available retrofit funding options.

Canterbury Woods Reports

The following reports are available for Canterbury Woods Neighborhood residents to use in evaluating their own home’s energy retrofit needs. Click the report to obtain the details.

Summary Report by Chris Bellanca,
The Avenue Builders
PDF Format

Audit Reports for Sample Home Types

Ranch PDF Format
Split Level PDF Format
Split Foyer PDF Format
Colonial on Slab PDF Format
Colonial with Basement PDF Format
Dutch Colonial PDF Format

For more information on the audit reports, contact Chris Bellanca, The Avenue Builders, Alexandria, VA, 703-299-9251, , www.theavenuebuilders.com.

For more information on the pilot project, contact VSBN at 703-486-2966.

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