SynerGreen's Whole House Systems approach not only
takes a comprehensive view of the components of your home; it puts
special attention on the most important element of an excellent home
improvement plan: you.
Walk Through and Interview. The
process begins with a discussion with a SynerGreen consultant about
your concerns and interests in improving your home, including any plans
for upgrading or remodeling. Then, a careful walk through is
performed to identify likely sources of problems and potential
Diagnostic Testing. Comprehensive
and sophisticated testing is performed to collect data that identify
and measure the root causes of comfort, health, and energy efficiency
problems. SynerGreen's team of consultants and technicians utilize the
following diagnostic equipment to measure how your house operates as a
Blower Door with Digital
Manometer — Measures air infiltration.
Duct Blaster with Digital
Manometer — Measures duct leakage. The Department of
Energy determined the average forced air duct system has a leakage rate
of 25% to 40%. Title 24, Part 6 of the California Building Energy
Efficiency Standards allows less than 15% duct leakage for Additions
and Alterations. New houses require less than 6% duct leakage.
Infrared Camera —
Measures temperature differences in ceiling,wall and floor assemblies.
— Measures temperature (ambient and flue gas), carbon monoxide (diluted
and ambient), carbon dioxide, oxygen and pressure (draft).
Measures window glass and air space with low-e sensor.
Measures moisture content in building materials.
Balometer (Flow Hood)
— Measures supply and return air flow.
Gas Leak Detector
— Measures gas leaks from combustion appliances.
— Measures temperature, relative humidity, wet bulb and dew point.
Watts-Up Pro —
Measures watts, volts and amps on appliances.
Current Probe —
Measures volts and amps on hard wired equipment.
Data Logger —
Measures temperature, relative humidity and light.
Measures solar irradiance (watts/m2).
Measures house orientation and azimuth of solar array.
Digital Level —
Measures tilt of solar array.
— Measures on-site shading conditions for solar analysis.
collected from the diagnostic testing is analyzed with an integrated
set of computer programs that calculate the potential for cost
effective improvements to best satisfy your needs and concerns.
Report and Recommendations. The
results of the analysis are detailed in a performance assessment report
that explains all of the identified issues and summarizes their impact
with helpful graphs, tables, graphics, and easy to comprehend
descriptions. A comprehensive set of recommended solutions is
included with realistic estimates of the improvements to comfort,
health, and efficiency that can be attained by pursuing the
suggestions. Issues and recommendations corresponding to your
objectives and concerns are highlighted. If you are interested
in making improvements to your home, SynerGreen will draw up a detailed
scope of work and cost estimate for your consideration. The
scope of work may be expanded to include remodeling or other
enhancements of interest to you. SynerGreen will point out
Federal, State and Local tax and incentive benefits for which you may
qualify. You are under no obligation to make repairs and
improvements and you are free to gather input from other contractors.
Repairs and Improvements. Your
SynerGreen consultant will work with you to see that a repair and
improvement plan that satisfies your desires and budgetary constraints
is undertaken and properly completed.
Retesting. When the
repairs and improvements to your home are complete, SynerGreen will
conduct several tests to measure improvements to your home's
performance and to document or photograph the elimination of problems,
some of which may be hidden or obscure.
Final Report. The
process is completed with the presentation of a final report that
provides easy to understand before and after results. You are left with
no doubts or guesses about the impact of the improvements to your home.
We are sure you will enjoy sharing this information with interested
family and friends, as well as potential buyers of your house if you
choose to sell it.