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Energy Efficiency


RecoverIR™ and its affiliate companies have an extensive amount of experience using a combination of aerial infrared thermography and sophisticated systems engineering analyses to not only identify inefficient buildings, but identify and prioritize which parts of each building are contributing the most to the inefficiency of the building. Every government and utility has a limited amount of scarce resources, both funding and personnel, to deploy to correctly identify and prioritize which groups of buildings are the "low hanging fruit" or the buildings which provide the greatest return for any efforts to improve the efficiency of those buildings, neighborhoods, residential homes, or areas within a city.

The Infrared Image shows entrained, subsurface moisture in a commercial roof, where the higher wet mass is contributing significantly to the thermal inefficiency of the building. In large buildings with flat roofs, these types of problems are easily detected using aerial infrared. These thermal shorts (the moisture) result in much higher energy usage during summer and winter months. RecoverIR™ has extensive experience in using aerial infrared surveys to assess the condition of many government, industrial, and commercial buildings over many acres at a relatively low cost and a much higher effectiveness.

Imagine how much more effective the new DOE Home Energy Scoring Program might be if the entire region was scanned with aerial infrared and those commercial, industrial, and residential buildings showing the greatest energy losses were targeted! While the DOE is projecting a cost per home of up approximately $250-$300 for their pilot "Home Energy Score" system, each utility has the opportunity to effectively accomplish the equivalent for an entire region for a fraction of the cost.

Vice President Biden Launches Home Energy Scoring Program

(November 9, 2010) WASHINGTON - Vice President Biden joined U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu …to announce the launch of the Home Energy Score pilot program. The Home Energy Score will offer homeowners straightforward, reliable information about their homes' energy efficiency.A report provides consumers with a home energy score between 1 and 10, and shows them how their home compares to others in their region. The report also includes customized, cost-effective recommendations that will help to reduce their energy costs and improve the comfort of their homes.
Under this voluntary program...will use a standardized assessment tool … to quickly evaluate a home and generate useful, actionable information for homeowners or prospective homebuyer.…That means a homeowner can see how their home's systems score, regardless of whether a particular homeowner takes long or short showers or keeps their thermostat set high or low.
A score of "10" represents a home with excellent energy performance, while a "1" represents a home that will benefit from major energy upgrades.
The Home Energy Score initially will be tested with local government, utility, and non-profit partners in ten pilot communities across the country… located in both urban and rural areas that cover a wide range of climates…After the pilot tests conclude in late spring 2011, DOE expects to launch the Home Energy Score nationally later next year, based on the findings from the initial programs.

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