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Despite the increasing demand for environmentally green homes and greater energy efficiency in new and existing homes, only a few architects, builders and subcontractors in the Prescott area have studied and are committed to the green building process. That’s why it’s important to align, with an independent partner such as Green Home Energy Advisors, a professional team that has the expertise to deliver the energy and environmental home that compliments your lifestyle.
Green Home Energy Advisors was founded by Paul Scrivens with a mission to provide independent and unbiased advice to clients on how to reduce their energy costs by improving their homes sustainability and durability. Also guide homeowners and builders through the Energy Star and LEED certification process.
Paul trained as an electrical engineer and spent his career in the high technology industry in engineering, marketing and corporate management. A number of years ago he decided to build an energy efficient home. He studied the International Energy Conservation Code and the Energy Star and LEED standards and trained as a RESNET energy rater. His home was completed LEED Gold in 2012 and featured in the Prescott Courier in May 2012 (Link)
Green Home Energy Advisors offer services in all areas of residential energy and environmental management. We advise at all stages of the construction process, encouraging homeowners, builders and architects to incorporate as many energy efficient and environmentally sensitive steps as financially viable. Depending on the homeowner’s interests and desires, these range from a full-scale green approach to earn Energy Star and LEED certification to “shades of green” that significantly improve energy efficiency in older and existing construction.
An energy efficient advocate makes all the difference.
Energy efficient homes whether certified or not are becoming very popular with buyers, and this trend is expected to continue as more people become aware of the advantages. Energy efficiency improves energy use and lowers cost, it also improves home environmental comfort and home health. All three are addressed when a home is built with energy efficiency in mind. Energy efficiency advocates council, guide and verify the conformance and quality of an energy efficient project.
There are many players involved in building or renovating a home and energy efficiency is in everyone’s best interest. Unfortunately few architects, builders and subcontractors know the rules, and many more do not implement them correctly, or at all. A builder should represent the buyer, but in many cases supports his sub-contractors and suppliers first, which can lead to accepting sub standard and non conforming work.
Many homeowners are absent when building is underway and never see what goes on behind the walls, foundation or roof. An advocate works for the buyer/homeowner not for the builder, architect, subcontractors, or town. There is a lot to learn regarding the various aspects of energy efficiency; the advocate knows the rules, regulations and processes required, and has quality and the best interest of the homeowner in mind. The advocate monitors the implementation and makes sure processes are done right and no short cuts are taken. You know your home has been built to the highest energy standards.
Unfortunately you don’t know how energy efficient your home is until you test it, when it is almost complete. Any errors during the construction process would be difficult to fix, even if you could identify them; and any analysis would be time consuming and expensive. The advocate makes sure it is done right the first time.
Beware the builder who says don’t worry I know what to do and you don’t need to hire anyone to review my work. He is probably the one who needs monitoring. Collect a set of questions that test his knowledge before you accept his word for it. Test his knowledge of energy codes and what examples he has of using them. How many energy efficient homes has he built and what certification did they obtain; ask to see them and talk with the owners. Or hire an advocate to investigate for you.
Whether you want a certified energy efficient home such as Energy Star or LEED, or just want to know that your home follows the current International Energy Conservation Codes (IECC), an advocate can independently manage and verify that the program has been implemented correctly. Something Energy Star and LEED raters can only partially do!