Building performance

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Building performance or home performance is a comprehensive whole-house approach to identifying and fixing comfort and energy efficiency problems in a home.[1]

Energy audits are performed by energy auditors, also known as building analysts or consultants,[2] which, in the United States, are usually certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) or the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET).[3][4]

The United States Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy started a national program "Home Performance with ENERGY STAR" to offer a comprehensive, whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency and comfort at home, while helping to protect the environment.[5] The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program has 40 programs, to date, across the country which are administered by various utilities and state energy offices.[6]

Home performance applies building science to address the following issues:[7]

Diagnostic equipment includes:[7]

A home performance energy audit results in home energy retrofit recommendations to improve the comfort and efficiency of the home, the most common of which include:

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  1. ^ Residential Sector: Designing a prescriptive whole house retrofit program Michael Wheeler, California Public Utilities Commission, page 15
  2. ^ http://www.energystar.gov/ia/home_improvement/Consultant_Model.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.energy.ca.gov/HERS/index.html
  4. ^ http://www.southface.org/learning-center/trainings/home-energy-rating-system
  5. ^ Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
  6. ^ http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_improvement.hm_improvement_index
  7. ^ a b http://www.stlcc.edu/Workforce_Development/Events_and_Seminars.html
  8. ^ http://www.csuohio.edu/ce/catalog/courses/ENGR499101.html

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