Preferred home characteristics for auditors/retrofitters?
This is my first post here at greenbuildingadvisor. I know that auditing companies/retrofitters will often screen homes with surveys, or by collecting publicly available information to determine whether or not a home has potential for energy savings.
I’m trying to figure out what home characteristics different contractors look for when evaluating the potential for energy saving. This could be something like the age of the home, it’s location, it’s sq footage, construction type (ranch, raised ranch, etc.). Obviously this will be dependent on what specific services are offered, and if you are involved with any programs that incentive you to pursue specific project types (for example, a utility program that rewards auditors per CFM reduction measured from the blower door will incentivize that company to look for homes whose characteristics suggest a high potential for savings from air sealing, as opposed to other improvements to the BE, like insulation).
Ideally I would like to know:
1. What type of service do you offer?
2. What home characteristics do you look for, and how do you look for them (surveys, etc)?
3. Why do you look for these specific characteristics?
4. Are you involved with any programs that incentivize you to pursue certain project types, and therefore cause you to look for certain home characteristics?
Feel free to use this format if it is convenient. Any feedback at all would be very helpful! Thank you very much,
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