We fix comfort, health & safety problems... while increasing home value and energy efficiency.
We begin by thoroughly exploring your needs and wishes, as well as your house’s structure and systems. We will do this over the phone with you and in person at your house. We will use a variety of tools that measure the draftiness, insulation, electricity, fossil fuel use, and other factors that influence the performance of the house.
Using a whole-house approach, we determine which repairs, upgrades, and replacements will produce the best combination of comfort, indoor air quality, and energy efficiency. We rely on our extensive hands-on experience with mid-atlantic homes, and specific home performance training.
Analysis + proposal
We will present you with a report that describes your home in its existing state, and a retrofit plan listing the recommended improvements and their associated costs. The plan is prioritized to address health and safety first, and then whatever is necessary for your comfort; every item will improve your efficiency. Because we are a general contractor, we can commit to a fixed price for doing the retrofit work; this feature distinguishes us from other audit services who may provide just the analysis.
Every home is unique, and specific improvement options are different for each client. Because our service follows a performance-based approach, Building Performance Retrofitters is not wedded to a particular technology, and can offer retrofit solutions that span the range of available products and techniques. Our process allows you to choose the optimal plan, based on your wants, schedule, and budget. We provide information about applicable government and utility incentives and financing.
A one-stop shop
With our integrated approach, there is a smooth transition between the analysis and retrofit work. Building Performance Retrofitters will accomplish the specific requirements in your plan on time and on budget. Typical retrofit work includes air sealing of the building envelope, adding additional insulations, sealing and upgrades of air handling and electrical equipment, and—where appropriate—targeted insulation and window improvements. Less commonly, upgrades include replacement of major mechanical systems (such as furnaces and hot water heaters) or windows and doors.
Building Performance Retrofitters provides the following services:
- Home energy audits
- Blower door testing
- Infrared thermography
- Combustion safety testing
- Crawlspace and basement air sealing and insulation
- Attic air sealing and insulation
- Wall air sealing and insulation
- Duct repair, replacement, relocation, air sealing, and insulation
- High-efficiency furnace and heat pump installation
- Air filtration system installation
- High-efficiency tank and tankless water heater installation
- Heat recovery ventilator (HRV) and energy recovery ventilator (ERV) installation
- Window and door upgrades
- Renewables (geothermal and solar)
- Energy modeling
- Home performance consulting