Home Energy Score

Do you want to know how the energy efficiency of your home, or the home that you are considering buying, compares to that of others?  Do you want to know what energy improvements you can make that are worthwhile? The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) has created the Home Energy Score to do this and more.

Also known as “drafted architectural plans” or “structural plans,” engineering designs can come in a variety of small  to large scale projects. These can include an entirely new building, proposed additions, roof adjustments (such as added dormers or skylights), deck designs, or remodeling projects involving the removal of a post or bearing wall.
 
Getting it right the first time. Anyone who has ever had a new home built knows quite well, it is far easier and most cost effective to iron out potential wrinkles ahead of time on a drafted plan set, rather than once the construction has begun. Our drafted architectural or structural plans can also help our clients stay within their proposed budget.  For example, a homeowner wants  a skylight in their master bedroom, but cannot afford to in the initial phase of construction. We can design the framing in the plans, so that in the future, the skylight can be easily installed once their finances are available.  This process is easier and cost effective  because the framing adjustments are already made!
 
Our team is proud to offer top-notch engineering design services. Homeowners, architects, contractors, property managers, and residential &  commercial realtors come to us for these services for a variety of reasons. We frequently work with homeowners who want a set of architectural plans that will allow them to see what their proposed new home or remodel will look like—this can include the sizes of the rooms, where the storage areas will be, and the general kitchen layout. Structural plans can help contractors construct these designs at a quick and cost-effective manner. We have done many projects for building inspectors as well, who typically have a keen eye for identifying problems, but they require an engineered solution to establish a fix.
 
The possible scenarios for these engineered plans and drafted sketches are seemingly endless. As building inspection engineers, Team Engineering looks at structures every day with a critical eye for practical solutions. Our engineered design services allow us to draw your solutions into reality.

Home Energy Score (HES) is a national scoring system for single family homes and townhouse condominiums.  Like a miles-per-gallon rating for a car, the Home Energy Score is a rating designed to help homeowners and homebuyers gain useful information about a home’s energy performance.
 
Home Energy Scoring is an in-home assessment. It ranks your home’s envelope as well as its heating, cooling, and hot water systems.  The Score is easy to understand.  It is a number between 1 and 10 (10 is best). A score of 5 indicates average energy use.  A home scoring of 1 is estimated to consume more energy each year than 85 percent of U.S. homes, after accounting for local climate.
 
Recommendations for energy efficiency improvements are provided with the Score in an easy to read report.   Recommendations for lower cost and most effective improvements are provided first.   Recommendations for eventual replacements are provided last.  Estimates for energy and annual cost savings are provided.
 
DOE supports and maintains the scoring tool used by professional Home Energy Score assessors.  DOE and its Partners carry out quality assurance through on-site reassessment of homes scored by energy professionals skilled in energy efficiency, energy rating, and evaluation methods.
 
Home Energy Scoring can be performed by Team Engineering’s energy professionals together with a Home Inspection, or as a standalone inspection.

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