I have been recently getting a flood of calls from general contractors wanting to get some “Obama money” and require a blower door, duct blaster, thermal imaging evaluation after their jobs are done.
How much do these inspections cost?
Should this inspection be ongoing throughout the construction progress to expedite and more efficiently correct air infiltration and insulation loss?
How much can an energy contractor afford on a project like this?
What about all the free energy audits?
Tennessee Valley Authority in the Southeast will do that energy audit for $150 which you recoup at end of the project.
Existing home renovations with Obama money is directed towards low income housing!?
Under what standard are we supposed to be working under?
I have been all the way to the governor’s office in Tennessee and besides installing Energy Star equipment on inefficient building structures, I really don’t see a plan.
I am completely familiar with blower door technology. I can tell you why they work not just how they work. However, I am going to have to spend about $10,000 to get certified and purchase equipment under a new name to collect Obama money. I’m sure this is a stimulus effect.
I see all kinds of negative aspects involved with this technology such as sucking hazardous natural pollutants out of the wall and crawlspace, having to work in low income housing areas, not fixing the real problem, other agencies giving this testing away for free (under the Obama plan).
My County got $6.7 million under this program and I cannot find a single way to collect on one dollar that to “actually correct the problems”.
There is already a conflict of interest, TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) one of the largest government conglomerates in existence from the last Great Depression! They have electric power to sell, and they’re doing energy audits for “almost” free. From what perspective should I look at this?
Can some of you professional auditors out there shed some light with some “real $ numbers” as to why and in what direction we should approach this situation?
I see inspectors complaining about low fuel prices destroying their energy auditing incomes, wishing fuel prices would rise! Isn’t this great for those power companies?
Then, we have equipment providers trying to sell us some of the most expensive test equipment for the layman Inc. in conjunction with education required to adequately operate it. Are they just collecting their Obama share?
How long is this going to last?
Is someone going to come out and say you shouldn’t be sucking VOC’s, radon, mold, substances unknown to man from behind those walls and floors? Then condemning the use of all this equipment for the sake of energy efficiency?
Are we going to tighten up our homes so tightly that the need for ventilation which will be overlooked due to excessive costs and create another “legionnaires disease”?
I do not wish to insight a battle from both sides of the row. Feel free to contact me by e-mail. I am only interested in real information not about message board discussion.
David A. Andersen