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Short-Term Experiments

Short-term experiments provide valuable information that can be obtained only when the home is unoccupied and hence the internal conditions can be controlled. They are appropriate for brief, high-value tests such as measuring building UA and tracer-gas measurements of air-tightness and distribution. One limitation of short-term experiments is that datasets cannot be obtained for a wide range of weather conditions and occupant behaviors.