What is the going rate for an energy modeler?
My architect and I are trying to design my home around a Passive House standard. My architect has some knowledge but readily admits to not being very familiar with Passive House design standards. He is well known and has designed many homes in the area, but none to Passive House criteria. Recently, I met with a building science professor who teaches energy efficient building/Passive House and is building his own home to be a non-certified Passive House zero-energy house. He has a Masters in Building Sciences and is a licensed architect. He would like to move from teaching into full time "green architecture". I would like to bring him on as an energy modeler. My current architect has no problem with this arrangement and looks forward to working with the energy modeler. He will be using a fairly sophisticated modeling program to determine, wind, light, heat, cool, ect. throughout the year to optimally enhance the concept design of the house. He has just provided me with proposal which was quite a bit more expensive than what I would expect for a first time contract. What would be a fair hourly rate of compensation for someone offering these services?
Posted Jun 2, 2014 12:12 PM ET
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