No one is the most expensive. All distributors of Retrotec doors are required to honor MAP pricing. Meaning that we all have to advertise the same price. Currently MAP price on the Q46 is $4154. If you shop around to all Retrotec distributors it is the same price.
As far as what Chris’s original post was refering to on the PA setup on the Retrotec vs the TEC (Minneapolis door) is the fact that you can only do 25pa or 50pa on the TEC door. So if you go in to a structure and your door can only get to say 37pa, then on the TEC door you drop down to 25pa and simply multiply your numbers by 2. Do you honestly think that is accurate? If you do, then do your own tests on the same structure. Go to a structure that you can get to 50pa. Do your 50pa test, then do the same test only using 25pa and do the conversions.
Now here is the big question, what are you going to do if the powers that be were to abolish that practice? Meaning you can only do 50pa, which by the way is never 50pa on the nose you have to do a baseline first then get to a 50pa differencial. So most of the time you will actually be doing 46-54 on your door.
To be honest with you, no one should buy a TEC door or the Retrotec Q46 door, and yet that is what most people buy. It is like anything else, people buy strictly on price then find out later on, you will probably end up buying a Q4E. The people buy that strictly on price and realize in the future they should of bought a Q5E. If you want the true cheapest blower door, buy an Inflitec.
As far as who to buy from…you should buy from a distributor that carries everything used in an audit. The blower door is only one part. If you want to pay 8 different freight charges then so be it, but ultimately a distributor (not just us) that carries everything can get you a good price on the door, and when you buy in a “kit” or multiple pieces distributors can get you the best price over all. If you are strictly buying a blower door, call Retrotec. But if you are just buying a blower door, you are not doing a BPI audit.
So I suppose Peter Burns has no motivation in selling you a blower door, or the MBD for that matter. He is a strictly non-bias opinion in the matter…right?
Did Peter show you this? http://www.docstoc.com/docs/7266251/Airtightness-Test-Form-Guide-for-US-Army-Corp-Buildings
When I talked to you I told you I am guessing this would happen early 2010, and there is your document from the Army Corp of Engineers backing it up…so I did tell you the truth, so I await an apology.