Selecting Fresh Air Ventilation Systems to Meet Energy Codes

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • SDGE Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117


New energy codes require homes to be far tighter than ever before. Title 24 now requires fresh air ventilation systems to maintain healthy indoor air quality. Selecting ventilation systems can be complicated and builders are challenged to choose between many different system types. Learn from real-world pictures and graphics to sort through the myriad of system choices to help choose the most cost-effective system to meet and exceed code. This class explains why properly ventilated, well-insulated and tighter homes have fewer moisture problems, perform better, last longer and are healthier to live in than the typically insulated, “accidentally ventilated” home.


  • Learn how fresh air ventilation systems enhance indoor air quality and why they are needed to avoid back drafting of combustion appliances and fireplaces.
  • Understand the differences between negative, positive and balanced ventilation systems.
  • Discover the common pitfalls and mistakes when selecting a fresh air ventilation system.
  • Learn the fundamentals of ASHRAE 62.2, the national ventilation standard that is referenced in the energy codes.


Steve Easley has more than 25 years of industry experience and is recognized internationally as a construction consultant specializing in solving building science-related problems and educating building industry professionals. He focuses on increasing the energy efficiency, sustainability and performance of construction, reducing costly mistakes that lead to construction defects and potential call-backs. Steve’s mission is to help industry professionals build and remodel structures that are durable, energy efficient, healthy and comfortable to live and work in.

Additional Details

Check-In: 8:30 a.m., with breakfast and lunch provided

Level: Intermediate

This course is eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and Building Performance Institute (BPI) CEUs.

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This is a project of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, which is partially funded by California utility customers and administered by San Diego Gas & Electric® (SDG&E) under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. The Center for Sustainable Energy® is a member of the collaborative. Trademarks are property of their respective owners.