Our engineers provide custom energy-efficiency solutions that integrate structural, thermal, and moisture performance in a holistic building science approach. Through our extensive range of capabilities, we help builders achieve superior energy efficiency, durability, and comfort for their specific climate regions in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.
To determine the most cost-effective solution with the greatest energy savings we conduct energy usage simulations for a home in a specific climate in parallel with a comprehensive cost analysis. We can also outline additional benefits such as durability, indoor environmental quality, and comfort to help you determine the most marketable combination of features for your customer base.
Beyond maximizing insulation, our experts analyze building envelope design to address air leakage, moisture performance, and structural considerations that can all factor into energy optimization.
We evaluate the structural performance of your energy-efficient designs. We can also evaluate disaster-resistant solutions for high-hazard areas, develop design methodologies for innovative products and systems, and assist with obtaining code acceptance.
To assess the durability of various cladding and wall systems our engineers analyze moisture performance of wall systems through computer simulations, laboratory testing, controlled outdoor evaluations, and monitoring of occupied homes.
After analyzing the building envelope, the next step in the optimization journey is to determine the best way to provide heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Our mechanical engineers increase your home buyers’ comfort – a highly marketable attribute – by optimizing duct layouts, correctly sizing equipment, and determining the best equipment to install.
We make strategic recommendations for the optimal hot water heating and distribution systems, sprinkler systems, and solar hot water heating solutions to implement in your energy-efficient home designs.
For clients exploring solar options for the homes they build – whether to achieve net-zero energy homes, as a marketing advantage, or as a way to garner points for green certification – we can help determine the best solar systems for a specific design and region.
The best way to ensure the effectiveness of energy-efficient solutions is through short-term performance testing and long-term monitoring. We verify a home’s performance through air leakage tests, HVAC system tests, duct leakage tests, and energy monitoring.