Energy audits are also performed by Newport Builders to determine the efficiency of existing homes. Most older homes can be audited and retrofit recommendations can be made. Many times a lot of repairs can be don’t before we start spending lots of money. The programs we use are ENERGY STAR, BPI and Alabama Wise. These programs are recognized by the government with tax incentives and loan cost home improvement loans. As a state licensed home builder, Newport Builders can have all these upgrades and repairs made to make your home more efficient and comfortable.
Diagnostic equipment is used today in residential construction to quantify the amount of conditioned air leakage. The test pulls negative pressure on the home to verify that the home meets code compliance. Verifying the integrity of homes is one of the ways we that we increase the performance and comfort for the homeowners.
All homes we build, audit or upgrade are combustion tested if the use fuels for heating. We look for the performance of the furnace and water heaters. Not only is carbon monoxide and fuel leakage checked but the overall function of the units are checked. As we air seal homes we need to take extra care to make sure these units have air and exhaust to burn properly and not give off CO.
Already in many parts of the country, new demographics coming into the home market, are looking for sustainable, energy efficient and healthy living. More builders for these homes will be energy stting to document by testing and marketing the HERS index. Newport Builders is ready for home builder consulting Many builders including the largest across the country have entered into MOU’s with Resnet and started marketing the HERS index as a yardstick or mile per gallon energy use. Newport Builders can guide builders ready to join in with these new building practices.
The State of Alabama has adopted a new energy code and as municipalities state wide start enforcing the codes, Newport Builders is ready to do all compliance testing and reporting.
We duct test the integrity of all our duct systems in our new homes this is a requirement in both Energy Star and Energy Smart homes that we build. The EPA has determined that the average home has up to 30% leakage of conditioned air. So if you by $100 of conditioned air and loose 30% that gets expensive. Energy Star and Energy Smart Home are require to be tested with low leakage thresholds.
We have access to loan programs and rebates to homeowners on home performance upgrades. Alabama Wise and other programs have access to grants and low interest to qualifying homeowners. This includes the audit, insulation and hvac.