What is Home Performance Contracting?
Home Performance Contracting (HPC) is different from other approaches to home improvement. We achieve measured results, as opposed to the hoped-for benefits of many other investments. Test-in measurements and quantitative information allow the homeowner to understand the issues and make an informed energy investment. Home energy retrofits demand a comprehensive understanding of building science with respect to heat and air movement, as well as the design principles, installation, measurement, and verification procedures of residential HVAC systems.
After a comprehensive assessment, all the energy features of the home are designed and installed to work as an integrated whole, rather than in pieces by separate organizations. The resulting home is not only carefully engineered; it’s measured in its critical aspects.
Why is this a Smart Investment?
The building as a whole – working as an integrated system – is what provides increased comfort, safety, and indoor air quality. These projects are not small in scope, but annual savings of 40-60% are quite typical. In some cases, the savings can be enough to make the project self-funding. In other words, the homeowner’s monthly energy expense will be lower, even with the cost of a loan that may be required to finance the project.
Additionally, homes that have been retrofitted or fixed to become more energy efficient will be easier to sell, thanks to the added cost benefits and the potential to qualify for an Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM). If the buyer has to make the improvements, they would qualify for an Energy Improvement Mortgage (EIM). Both types of mortgages are new and are a great incentive to better your existing or new home.
What is the Process?
Phase 1 – Consumer Education and base-load electrical reduction
- Low-cost consumer education
- Lighting replacement with CFL/LED fixtures
- Replace power strips with “smart strips” which automatically turn off accessories when computers or the TV is switched off
- Replace major electrical appliances with energy efficient models
Phase 2 – Enclosure and HVAC (Health, Safety, and Comfort)
- Crawlspace and drainage remediation
- Any necessary siding and roof repair
- Air sealing (crawl space, plus the assembly which separates the house from the attic)
- HVAC equipment and water heater replacement or remediation, plus air distribution system replacement or remediation
- Insulation (attic, crawl space and duct work)
- Window replacement
Phase 3 – Active Renewable Energy Systems
- Solar photovoltaic generation
- Solar hot water
- Ground-Source Heating
Our professional staff is fully certified and accredited to the highest industry standards. We already know the best subcontractors in the area and have existing relationships to leverage to your benefit. We pride ourselves on building homes right the first time, so that’s why we got into the business of fixing the ones that weren’t.