(All papers are by R. Karg unless otherwise
Mexico Energy$mart Technical Standards, January 2012.
Midwest Weatherization Best Practices Field Guide (234 pages, 5 MB),
with Paul Knight
and Don Jones, July 2005.
Maine Weatherization Standards, January 2005.
Maine Weatherization Standards,
Hampshire Weatherization Standards, March 2005.
North Dakota Weatherization Field Standards, January 2003.
draft testing form
West Virginia Weatherization Field Standards, March 2009.
West Virginia Weatherization Field Standards, March 2012.
Standards for the Maine Home Performance with ENERGY
STAR Program, 2008, with Tom Boothby and Heather Rae.
Weatherization Training and Evaluation
One-on-One On-Site (O4S) Training Project for the Low-Income Weatherization
Program, DOE Boston Region,
1 (2004) and
Home Weatherization Assistance Program Training Evaluation under
contract with Quantec, LLC for the Ohio Department of Development, Office
of Energy Efficiency, by R. Karg; A. Lee, Ph.D.; and M. S. Khawaja, Ph.D.,
June 2, 2006.
core sampling kit materials list and instructions for use, including
sampling chart, June 2007.
Insulation Density Calculation Forms, 2003.
Wall Insulation Experiments with Cellulose, October 2003.
Blowing Tips and Tricks, Bob Pfeiffer, Tom Wilson, and Jim Fitzgerald,
Removal and Wall Insulation Techniques, handout for a presentation by
Chris Allwein and Dennis Biddle, April, 2002.
Insulation Density Test Cases (coming soon).
As a trainer and technical writer for the last 25 years, I have become very
aware of the importance of using standardized terminology and definitions. I
have found this to be especially important in the field of combustion
appliances, venting, and combustion safety testing. I have put together a
list of terms with some illustrations that I hope will help bring uniformity and enhance
communication: Standardized Terminology for Combustion Appliances and Combustion Safety
Testing. I welcome suggestions regarding this document.
Carbon Monoxide Emissions from
and the Development of a Field Protocol for Measuring CO Emissions, (for
sections of Karg's chapter), Carbon Monoxide Poisoning,
David Penney, PhD, CRC Press, November 2007.
CO Testing for the Real World, Home Energy, January/February
2002, pages 30-33.
Proposed Field Protocol for Gas Range Carbon Monoxide Emissions Testing,
July 2001. Annotated
version, July 2001.
Measurement of Carbon Monoxide Emissions from Gas Ranges: Analysis and Suggested
Field Procedure, October 1998.
of Carbon Monoxide Readings from Two Propane Range-Top Burners, May
Maine Guide to Energy Efficient Residential Construction: A Manual of
Accepted Practices, 2nd (1997), 3rd (2002), and
4th (2006) editions, Maine Public Utilities Commission.
Under contract with the Maine State Planning Office, Karg wrote the following:
Maine Residential Energy Standard, May 2002.
Energy Standard, one-page overview, May 2002.
Analysis for Maine Residential Energy Standard, May 2002.
Strategies for the Maine Residential Energy Standard, April 2002.
Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation
Guideline 24-2015, Ventilation and Indoor Air
Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, primary editor for the
revision of this indoor air quality and ventilation document. Available at
Guide to ASHRAE 62.2, May 2005, for Maine Public Utilities
Survey of Tightness
Limits for Residential Buildings, July 2001.
Indoor Air Quality and Your Health, 1988, New England Electric System.
Indoor Air Quality and Your Health, 1986, Maine Office of Energy
Estimating the Latent
Heating Load Resulting from the Curing and Drying of Construction Materials,
September 1988, Proceedings from the International Symposium Energy
Options for the Year 2000: Contemporary Concepts in Technology and Policy,
September 14-17, 1988, Volume 3, pages 3.153-3.164, Center for Energy
and Urban Policy Research, University of Delaware.
Zone Pressure Diagnostics charts and spreadsheet by Anthony Cox and Collin
method House to Zone, PDF chart
method Zone to Outdoors, PDF chart
method House to Garage (zone), PDF chart
method Garage (zone) to Outdoors, PDF chart
and Door methods, Excel spreadsheet
Depressurization Tightness Limit (DTL) charts from Maine Weatherization
Program, 2012, by Tae Chong and Rick Karg. For the necessary vented
combustion appliance depressurization limits, please see Table 1 in Standardized Terminology for Combustion Appliances and Combustion Safety
by Chong and Karg, PDF chart
chart by Chong and Karg, example, PDF chart
chart by Karg, JPG chart
Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Specification of Energy
Efficient Installation and Maintenance Practices for Residential HVAC
Systems, with John Krigger for the Consortium for Energy Efficiency,
Inc., Boston, MA, January 2000. Sorry,
this document is now out of print and no longer available on the web.
Psychology of Energy Behavior
The Soft Audit, Energy
Auditor and Retrofitter (Home Energy), July/August, 1987, pages
30 - 33. This classic article has recently (2011) be rediscovered and read
by hundreds of home performance personnel.