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Reference Publication:McIlvaine, Janet, David Beal, Neil Moyer, Dave Chasar, Subrato Chandra (2004). Achieving Airtight Ducts in Manufactured Housing. Symposium on Improving Building Systems in Hot and Humid Climates, Richardson, Texas, May 2004. Report No. FSEC-CR-1323-03.
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Achieving Airtight Ducts in
Manufactured Housing
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This work was sponsored by the United States Department of Energy under the Building America Program ( The researchers acknowledge the support and encouragement of our project oversight staff:

George James and Chris Early
U.S. Department of Energy,
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,
Building Technologies Program,
Building America Program

Keith Bennett
DOE Golden Field Office
Project Technical Officer

The data presented here was gathered by the research staff of the Building America Industrialized Housing Partnership (BAIHP) and the Energy Efficient Industrialized Housing Project.

The principal researchers responsible for working with manufacturers to identify the causes of duct leakage and develop improved assembly and production methods were:, Subrato Chandra (BAIHP Project Director), Neil Moyer, David Beal, and Dave Chasar. Supporting these activities were Janet McIlvaine, Armin Rudd, and Bob Abernethy. Janet McIlvaine spearheaded this report, aggregating and analyzing test data.

This body of research, spanning eight years, would have been impossible without the genuine desire of our industry partners to improve their products and their willingness to share their experiences with others. We are pleased to partner with them as they strive to achieve their goals. Our current list of BAIHP Partners can be found on our BAIHP website,, under “Team Members.”

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