What is a Green Energy Science Performance Audit?
An energy performance audit is a service whereby the energy efficiency of a home or building is evaluated by a certified person using professional equipment (such as blower doors, smoke, and infra-red cameras), has the ability to suggest the best ways to improve energy efficiency in heating and cooling.
An energy audit may involve recording various characteristics of the building envelope including the walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, and skylights. For each of these components the area and resistance to heat flow (R-value) is measured. The leakage rate or infiltration of air through the building envelope is of concern. These are strongly affected by window construction, insulation, ventilation, and quality of door seals such as weatherstripping. The goal of this exercise is to quantify the building’s overall thermal performance. The audit may also assess the efficiency, physical condition, and programming of mechanical systems such as the heating, ventilation, air conditioning equipment, and thermostat.
An energy performance audit is often used to identify cost effective ways to improve the comfort and efficiency of buildings. In addition, homes and offices may qualify for energy efficiency grants from central government. A by-product of increasing energy efficiency is energy conservation, which makes for a better tomorrow. Another by-product is allergen reduction, which makes for a healthier living environment for you and your family.