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 the built environment.[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
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  4. ^ "Home Energy Rating System (HERS)". Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
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  8. ^ "Mold Overview and Health Concerns". Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
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