RSR has worked with energy savings programs since energy programs were first implemented. For over a decade (and counting) RSR has helped implement new energy savings programs like ENERGY STAR® to the homebuilding market in Colorado and Minnesota.
As the experts in building science and energy efficiency, RSR lets our work speak for us. That means our clients are provided clear, detailed documentation and recommendations for each and every service provided by the RSR team.
AUDITS AND RATINGS
Audits help homeowners increase energy savings, improve indoor air quality in homes, and ultimately increase resale value. Residential Science Resources (RSR) works with trained auditors to perform full home energy audits to assess where and how energy is being lost in homes. All audits include recommended steps to improve home safety, occupant comfort, house durability, and energy efficiency.
Energy ratings show how a new home ranks in terms of energy efficiency when compared to a standard code-built home. A certified RESNET Home Energy rater uses the HERS Index as a way to compress over 200 collected data points into an easy to understand single number rating.
At RSR we take a holistic view to training. Not only does RSR have RESNET Training Provider status, RSR provides raters and auditors with ongoing building science and code compliance education and training. RSR’s proprietary software is updated regularly to meet new standards and codes.
But energy efficiency doesn’t just depend or stop with a home rating. Homeowners and builders who want to implement energy efficient best practices to meet and exceed energy codes need training too. That’s why RSR provides training tailored specifically to the needs of raters, homeowners, and builders, empowering them to make the best possible energy efficiency decisions.
FIELD TESTING AND VERIFICATION
A staple of house testing is measuring the tightness of a home. RSR contracted raters and auditors are experts at performing all field tests, including the use of a blower door to measure both the tightness of a home and the amount of air exchanged between the house and the outdoors. Results of these tests are directly related to household energy use.
Under the new 2015 Minnesota Energy Code, homes with heating and cooling duct systems outside the insulated area of the house must meet certain leakage parameters of the homes heating and cooling ducts. RSR has developed a reliable and accurate testing protocol that identifies duct leakage areas so ducts can be properly sealed to meet the new code requirements.
It is hard to “stay green” when your lips are blue. Properly sealed ductwork helps avoid indoor air quality problems and assures that heated or cooled air gets to the intended rooms, helping reduce energy costs. Whatever climate you live in, insulation defects have a significant impact on the comfort and costs associated with home energy efficiency. RSR analyzes infrared scans to assess heat loss in homes by visually documenting the effectiveness of air sealing and insulation.
BUILDING SCIENCE CONSULTING
RSR helps builders construct more energy efficient homes to meet and exceed every performance standard. RSR’s rigorous rating and certification processes rely on energy modeling and performance testing to evaluate energy use based on home design and construction. Quality assurance site visits at key points during construction maximize energy savings potential and provide detailed reporting resulting in standardized best building practices for builders.
PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION AND DOCUMENTATION
RSR has built a solid program base by working with utilities, municipalities, and government agencies. RSR designs programs to achieve the highest degree of rating consistency while working hand-in-hand with builders to meet and exceed program standards. RSR ensures every participating home is qualified for any and all available rebates or energy efficient certifications.
Whether it’s a required code sticker, photos of the construction process, or detailed program analysis, RSR provides the necessary documentation on energy efficiency to ensure code compliance and access to rebates and tax credits, paving an avenue to improvement opportunities.