Monday, May 23, 2011

Ecofficiency Speaker Series at the The Camp - Greening Your Home Part 2

Happy Monday!

I'm sure you're excited to read about Speaker #2 from last week's Ecofficiency meeting. Meet the Building Doctors. Yeah, I was a bit puzzled too when James approached the stage wearing a set of blue scrubs. But I appreciate the humor! This company specializes in home energy audits and upgrades. And just as a doctor assesses a persons symptoms to determine a plan of health action, so do the Building Doctors for the home.

If you are interested in improving the efficiency of your home, this is a great place to start. Believe it or not, America's largest source of carbon emissions stem from our homes NOT our cars. Surprising, eh?

To start, a home's performance is determined not through its individual units or systems but as a whole. Part of the process of building auditing includes analyzing the various fundamentals in the home (such as air sealing, lighting, etc) and major systems (such as heating, air conditioning, ventilation). Once the problem areas are found, a treatment plan in drawn up. And the retrofitting begins. Interestingly enough, a common source of energy inefficiency? Gaping holes in duct pipes.

Once all is said and done, the performance of the home is tested again for quality assurance purposes. As for costs, that was never covered. But I would imagine that your utility costs would diminish over time as the efficiency of your home improves.

For more information about the Building Doctors, you can visit their website here.


No comments: