Tune in Sunday 11/27/2011 ~ 9-10AM , 1350AM KSRO; www.KSRO.com, as John Sutter of Applied Building Science joins us again to explain…
BIO: John Sutter, Applied Building Science (ABS Northbay)
Applied Building Science is the North Bay’s premier building performance contractor. We assess, repair, replace, and correct building defects to enhance the comfort, healthfulness, durability, and energy efficiency of our client’s homes and businesses.
Among the services we offer are audits and assessments, air sealing, window replacement, insulation enhancement, crawlspace sealing, appliance replacement, furnace replacement, duct design and replacement, solar electricity and water heating, ventilation enhancements, and air conditioning upgrades. We are also a full service remodeling contractor.
We are also proud to be an authorized PG&E Energy Partners weatherization contractor, and a dealer for the most energy efficient windows made in America, Serious Windows.
Among our many certifications are Build It Green Certified Green Building Professional, CHEERS Whole House HERS rater, BPI certified building analysts, and California Building Performance Contractors Association contractor.
To find our how ABS can improve the comfort, healthfulness, and efficiency of your home while reducing greenhouse gas emissions please contact us at:
Office: 707.528.3468 Fax: 707.528.3433 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
1350 Central Ave. #6, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
What is a Home Energy Rating?
A home energy rating involves an analysis of a home’s construction plans and onsite inspections. Based on the home’s plans, the Home Energy Rater uses an energy efficiency software package to perform an energy analysis of the home’s design. This analysis yields a projected, pre-construction HERS Index.
Upon completion of the plan review, the rater will work with the builder to identify the energy efficiency improvements needed to ensure the house will meet ENERGY STAR performance guidelines. The rater then conducts onsite inspections, typically including a blower door test (to test the leakiness of the house) and a duct test (to test the leakiness of the ducts). Results of these tests, along with inputs derived from the plan review, are used to generate the HERS Index for the home.
Unlike a Building Performance Audit or a weatherization assessment, a home energy rating is a recognized tool in the mortgage industry. Home energy ratings can be used in a variety of ways in the housing industry. Since a rating quantifies the energy performance of a home, the HERS Index provides an easily understandable means to compare the relative energy efficiency of different homes.