Historic Denver has recruited three homeowners with properties that represent historic architectural styles that can commonly be found in the Denver area. Each of these homes had an energy audit performed and the result is the video below, which illustrates the process and provides valuable tips for saving energy.
The first property is a late nineteenth century brick Italianate home. This property has been updated on the interior and has replacement windows. The purpose of including a home with non-original windows is to get quantifiable information on how these windows perform compared to the other homes which retain their original windows.
The second property is a c.1930 bungalow which retains much of its original fabric and is a good representative of the bungalow style. The attic space above the first floor was finished many years ago, so pay attention to how that space performs compared to the original construction.
The final property is a c.1958 Mid-Century Modern home in excellent condition with original windows and many of the original HVAC components. Homes of this vintage are relative newcomers to the "historic" category, and require a rethinking of traditional approaches to preservation.
Each of these homeowners has specific concerns that they would like addressed by the energy auditor, which makes the video valuable not only as an explanation of the energy audit process, but also to address common issues that many owners of older homes share.
Eric Van Orden is an expert at showing home and business owners how they can lower their energy bills, improve comfort & productivity while also benefiting from reduced carbon emissions. Eric has managed and performed more than 1,500 commercial and residential energy audits, while facilitating the installation of more than 2MW of solar photovoltaic installations.
With a Bachelor's of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, a a minor in sociology and information technology specialization, Eric is LEED AP Certified, a AEE Certified Energy Auditor and RESNET trained.
As a member of the Colorado Governor's Energy Office Retrofit Rampup Working Group, Eric has assisted in the development of energy saving initiatives such as Boulder's EnergySmart, GreenPrint Denver and Arvada's Sustainability programs. Eric has also developed numerous trade partnerships with progressive utilities including Xcel Energy, Ft. Collins Utlity.
Eric is a firm believer that creating energy efficient buildings are the solution for making smart financial decisions, reducing environmental impact and achieving energy independence.