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Basics & Theory

HVI: Overview Of Bathroom Exhaust Fans
Home Ventilating Institute brochure includes information on why bathroom fans are necessary in all homes, what function bathroom exhaust fans serve, what to look for when purchasing a bathroom exhaust fan, and more. (PDF)
Issues & Performance

Building America: Bathroom Fan Ratings
Building America describes issues and considerations around ratings for bathroom fans.

Building Science: Exhaust-Only Ventilation Does Not Work
Building Science says exhaust-only ventilation does not work in tight building enclosures and certainly not in new houses, apartments, townhouses and row houses.

CAN/CSA-C260-M90 (R2007) Rating Performance of Residential Mechanical Ventilating Equipment
CAN/CSA-C260-M90 (R2007) Rating Performance of Residential Mechanical Ventilating Equipment standard establishes a uniform method to determine air movement characteristics; and to measure sound output of residential mechanical ventilation equipment.

CAN/CSA-F326-M91 (R2014) Residential Mechanical Ventilation Systems
CAN/CSA-F326-M91 (R2014) Residential Mechanical Ventilation Systems standard defines requirements for performance, installation and application, and performance verification of mechanical ventilation systems.

Energy Star Canada: Qualifying Criteria For Ventilating Fans
Natural Resources Canada outlines qualifying criteria for Energy Star residential ceiling or wall-mounted fans, in-line fans, and kitchen range hoods. (PDF)

Energy Vanguard: 5 Reasons Bath Fans Have Such Poor Air Flow
Energy Vanguard describes, with pictures, 5 reasons why many bath fans have such poor air flow.

Fine Homebuilding: Exhaust Fans Should Not Be Ducted To Soffits
Fine Homebuilding Q & A describes why exhaust fan ducts should not be vented to or through a soffit.

HVI: 915 Procedure For Loudness Rating Of Residential Fan Products
Home Ventilation Institute standard 915 Procedure For Loudness Rating Of Residential Fan Products specifies prescriptively HVI procedures for sound testing and loudness rating in sones for residential ventilating products, in accordance with (ANSI) consensus standards. (PDF)

HVI: 916 Airflow Test Standard
Home Ventilation Institute standard HVI 916 Airflow Test Standard specifies HVI procedures for testing and rating airflow in residential ventilating products in accordance with (ANSI) consensus standards. (PDF)
Procedures

Canadian Contractor: Bathroom Ventilation Facts & Fiction
Canadian Contractor describes some steps in properly selecting the correct bathroom exhaust fan.

Energy Vanguard: Installing Exhaust Fan During Bathroom Remodel
Energy Vanguard describes how to install an exhaust fan during a bathroom remodel.

For Residential Pros: Selecting & Placing Bathroom Fans
For Residential Pros article covers selection & placement of bathroom fans including proper sizing, fan placement, and fan types.

GBA: Bathroom Exhaust Fans May Satisfy Whole-House Ventilation Requirements
Green Building Advisor says bath fans help remove odors and moisture and can be used in some homes to satisfy whole-house ventilation requirements.

GBA: Exhaust-Only Ventilation Can Be Best In Some Cases
Green Building Advisor summarizes a study that shows exhaust-only ventilation systems can be a very effective, low-cost ventilation option.

IE3: Proper Bathroom Ventilation & Your Health
`Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency says many homeowners have come to recognize the importance of bathroom ventilation, for obvious reasons. But what many people donít realize is that beyond disagreeable odors, there are also significant health risks associated with improper bathroom ventilation.

US DOE: Air Sealing Bathroom & Kitchen Exhaust Fans
Building America Solution Center online guide describes how to air seal bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans.

US DOE: Installing Bathroom Exhaust Fan
Building America Solution Center online guide describes how to install a bathroom fan.
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