I love to hear from homeowners on the internet, although it's not always a homeowner from a publication that had work done on the subject of their publication. I always learn something about the homeowners expectations, grievances and the message they want to send about the company. People who share ideas are genius, people who share accomplishments are smart, and people who talk about people are ignorant.

Because this is relatively a new field for a lot of people I'm prone to remind folks that it is still construction renovation.

The type of construction company and the years of experience are important when hiring someone. Check their work and references.

Personally, I don't do cheap energy retrofits, this is a specialized field and I'm not going to do it cheap, fortunately I have other types of construction and real estate functions I perform. I would never hire a weatherization crew to work on my house. I would encourage construction general contractors to get into energy efficiency as a part of their business, I think they can do a better job, knowing how the business works than someone who doesn't know the difference between a left handed hammer than a right handed hammer.

Granite counter tops were popular with homeowners at one time but is now typical in homes of a certain value, therefore, it does not warrant an adjustment. Value was there at one time only because of it's popularity with homeowners - if only that were true of energy efficiency - maybe someday it will be once we educate the masses but I think it will only happen with higher energy costs which, aren't far away at the inflation rate we're experiencing; pain is a larger motivator than style unless.....there are several options.....we won't go there.

Homes that typically have doors and windows, insulation and HVAC systems are typical and do not warrant a much higher dollar for dollar replacement value due to the reality of necessity and maintenance. It may change the effective age of the home overall but not significantly unless it is a total remodel.  A whole house energy system make over would warrant an adjustment in my opinion. The homeowner would have to produce the total cost in copies of contracts for the address. The total cost for the job would be depreciated to the difference between what is typical and what is above average quality & efficiency within the boundaries of the marekt. The value in use, i.e., energy savings, comfort & health, have to be weighted over the effective life and quality of the improvements and energy costs. The behavior factor of the owner/tenant would be extremely hard to quantify and maybe we'll come up with a mathmatical stupidity factor for that someday. New Energy Building codes are going to hurt the itemized value of energy improvements for a time as they become typicall in the market place, however, the cost and/or sale of the building should reflect the higher building standard, this would also allow for a better analysis for value between homes below the new builiding standard.



Views: 102


You need to be a member of Home Energy Pros to add comments!

Join Home Energy Pros

Comment by Home Energy Magazine on October 31, 2011 at 11:19am
Hi Chris, nice blog. As I assume you are referring to Alana's recent blog about her experience with retrofitting, do you think we could post this blog on the Home Energy website as a response? Thanks so much - always great to have opinions from others in the field.

Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros was founded by the developers of Home Energy Saver Pro (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy,) and brought to you in partnership with Home Energy magazine.  Home Energy Pros is sponsored by the Better Buildings Residential Network.

Latest Activity

Rod Fox replied to Rod Fox's discussion Utility Meter Accuracy
"Walter, very useful info here! That "system cannot be accurate if the load is less than 20% of…"
18 minutes ago
Walter Ahlgrim replied to Rod Fox's discussion Utility Meter Accuracy
"The problem is this metering type of system cannot be accurate if the load is less than 20% of the…"
2 hours ago
Dennis Heidner replied to Rod Fox's discussion Utility Meter Accuracy
"yes,  I'd think even for a very large house / residence that you'd want to look…"
3 hours ago
Bob Blanchette replied to Rod Fox's discussion Utility Meter Accuracy
"50KW is REALLY pushing it on a standard residential meter, that's 208A @ 240v. $873 minimum…"
5 hours ago
Dennis Heidner replied to Rod Fox's discussion Utility Meter Accuracy
"Yup,  but it also looks like for the tariffs above residential services that they include…"
11 hours ago
Dan McKee posted a blog post

9 Tips To Get Your Furnace Winter Ready

A well heated, cozy home is what makes the day better when the winter comes in full fledged. So, it…See More
12 hours ago
Tauran Ivall replied to Tauran Ivall's discussion Energy Efficient Entry Door options out there?
"Thanks Graham, There is a distributor in Portland for them. Thanks for the link to the blog.  "
14 hours ago
Bob Blanchette replied to Rod Fox's discussion Utility Meter Accuracy
"The use of CT's screams commercial service, most likely over 200A. 200A and lower uses simply…"
15 hours ago

© 2015   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service