A recent installation of a rigid-plastic ductwork system in a home in Cartersville, Ga., indicates that plastic ducts can reduce air leakage.
Norwalk, Conn.-based Steven Winter Associates worked with Building America team partner Outlook Construction of Cartersville and Meadows Heating and Air in Cassville, Ga., to install and test the ducts, manufactured in prefabricated parts by ATS Inc.
The team, working under a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, found four key benefits to using the plastic, or thermoformed, ductwork:
Building America is a DOE-sponsored private/ public partnership that conducts research to find energy-efficient housing solutions that can be implemented on a production basis. SWA and Outlook are members of the Consortium for Advanced Residential Buildings team.