The following report is an excerpt from the 2010 Building Science Corporation Industry Team Building America Annual Report.
A wide variety of ventilation systems are installed in US houses to reduce interior contaminant levels and safeguard occupant health. The relative merits of these systems are subjects of ongoing research. Prior work by Building Science Corporation has investigated the effects of air distribution and mixing on pollutant levels within the building. The present work is aimed at discovering the energy costs of various ventilation approaches in operation, through modeling of typical houses across the TMY2 location set. Both measures are helpful in recommending a particular ventilation system.