The importance of properly modeled and installed residential and small commercial energy improvement projects cannot be overstated.  When every trade understands the value of the other trades involved in the energy improvement process they begin to form into efficient, reliable teams.

Why is this important? 

Numerous studies over many decades have proven time and again that properly installed energy improvements and clean energy projects can and do save significant amounts of money with resulting ROIs (Returns-On-Investment) that can beat most other investments. However, the key words in the previous sentence were 'properly installed' and traditional methods of securing good, knowledgeable contractors can be very risky. Many folks try to find reliable contractors by asking family, friends and neighbors, scanning the internet or other method.

Properly modeled and installed energy-saving projects also can make the building more comfortable, durable, safe and resilient plus;

  1. Have better indoor-air-quality or IAQ
  2. Be water efficient
  3. Include clean energy options
  4. Add smart home automated control features and
  5. Have a higher resale market value through the energy mortgage process*

The current chaotic nature of the energy improvement and clean energy installation marketplace makes many lenders or investors quite nervous unless they have confidence in the energy (monetary) savings to be produced by each project. The lending and investment communities inherently understand the significant value of properly modeled and installed energy improvement projects, also known as 'deep energy retrofits', as less risky investments than most. If the energy and monetary savings do appear on the monthly utility bill(s) then their clients have more money to spend on other items, including their mortgage payment.

So, why aren't lenders offering loans large enough to cover the investment needed for a deep energy retrofit? It all comes back to reduced levels of risk with predictably reliable results in each and every energy improvement and clean energy project. And, it all then comes back to the need for Certified EnergySmart Contractors, builders and teams.

*Energy Mortgages - An energy mortgage, such as an Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM) or Energy Improvement Mortgage (EIM) automatically adds market value to a home by approximately $20 of value to every dollar of annual energy savings achieved. For example, if an energy improvement project can reliably save $50 per month, which adds up to $600 per year, then the post-improvement home is now worth $12,000 more than before improvements. (600 X 20 = $12,000)

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