•Building• services include every phase of home building
from below the ground up to the roof top. We have embraced building principles that are now called "going green",
from our beginning. The livability of a home involves durability and efficiency as well as comfort, health
and safety for its occupants. Sustainable guidelines are now also considered. With a team of very competent,
skilled tradesmen who take pride in their work, we can guarantee the livability of homes we build or retrofit.
of our services are available as well, for additions and remodeling projects.
•Replacement windows and new siding• installations will be
planned and evaluated for true energy savings based upon building science. We will give unbiased options, with the energy saving calculations for different systems
(of additional insulation R-values) so that an informed consumer decision can be made.
•Heating and cooling system•
services include evaluations and upgrades for energy efficiency. Our many years of home building
experience with the proper sizing and installation design of HVAC systems is now enhanced
with our technicians' own abilities and training.
•Tank-less water heater• installations are evaluated according to annual
savings and payback. The best savings occur when an existing hot water heater needs replacement or chosen
for new construction.
•Solar thermal energy• + •radiant heating•
design - build services are available due to our own "hands-on" experience along with that of our trained technicians.
•Conservation• services focus on reducing non-renewable
energy use by increasing the effective R-values in attic, wall and basement areas, called the thermal envelope. Attics and ceiling areas usually can be upgraded with significant improvements
to a home's thermal envelope and at reasonable costs using blown-in cellulose insulation.
•Air sealing• services
with foam insulation help create a more effective air barrier surrounding the home on all sides and next to the insulation.
Air leakage in homes has been found to contribute 5% to 40% of the seasonal heating and cooling costs. It is often helpful
to use an infrared viewer.
•Infrared scanning• service
is available for (installation quality) assessment of existing insulations and flat roof moisture issues. When used with blower door testing, infrared scanning can make existing insulation more effective by detecting unusual
sources of infiltration. Then, air sealing can be more complete.
•Electricity use• We
also advise on reducing household electrical usage based upon potential savings with upgrading of appliances and lighting.
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•Air quality• services first start with
testing of interior air for carbon monoxide and combustion safety of heating and cooking equipment. Excess
moisture in a home can have several possible sources which can contribute to mold and mildew problems. We have over
30 years experience with diagnosing moisture problems and can test for them. If we observe other potential
sources of indoor air pollution, we will point them out.
•Moisture problems• Moisture
migration into building cavities causes some mold/mildew issues and can also be associated with air and rainwater leakage.
We also have experience finding other interior sources of moisture that are causing mold and mildew.
•Ventilation systems• are
designed to handle specific situations. We install exhaust fans and
active ventilation systems which include heat and energy recovery units. These do the best job of controlling indoor
air pollution. We can also installed radon mitigation systems.
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