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Heat loss calc: basement infiltration?

woobagooba
woobagooba Member Posts: 152
Folks

As part of my GB142 repair / replace adventure, I'm doing a heat loss calc for the premises ... first for the entire house, then per room.

Chapter 2 of Siegenthaler's "Modern Hydronic ..." is my guide. The basement conduction calc, which breaks the basement walls into three parts, makes sense. I am not at all sure how to account for basement infiltration (the example uses a slab). Any guidance on this greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 19,136
    What type of construction is the basement? Poured concrete? Mortared stone? Dry laid stone? Concrete block? And how well -- if at all -- are the sills sealed to the top of the foundation walls? That all makes a difference... if the sills are well sealed to the tops of poured concrete or well made block, and the windows are tight, you might get away with 2 to 4 air changes per hour. On the other hand, dry laid stone... oy. Anyone's guess.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 5,724
    City/State? How many 100's of btu's in gas did you use in the last 12 months?
    Just trying to do a quick calc for you.
    steve
  • woobagooba
    woobagooba Member Posts: 152
    Basement is field-stone with about 1'of sill above grade. No insulation. Premises is in Eastern MA area. No idea what was the prior owner's gas consumption last year.

    I am pretty far along with whole house heat calc (Excel spreadsheet so I can what-if the improvement plans). Just not clear how to handle the basement infiltration.
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 19,136
    Field stone... older? Mortared, more or less, probably no adequate sill seal. I'd be looking at 5 to 10 air changes per hour.
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • unclejohn
    unclejohn Member Posts: 1,757
    Also you need to plug in the landing strip lights.