RSR offers energy modeling services of planned or existing commercial and residential structures. Our experienced team has modeled hundreds of structures to evaluate their predicted energy usage.
By energy modeling a structure, RSR can predict energy savings resulting from the physical details vs. a code-built structure, offering the possibility to impact its energy consumption early in the process. Design revision recommendations may include building orientation, window size or placement improvements, lighting revisions, or changes to the mechanicals or HVAC components.
Energy modeling also provides the necessary documentation needed to qualify for energy ratings, energy credits or certification programs and standards such as ENERGY STAR®.
Poor indoor air quality can have a significant impact on health, safety, comfort, and energy costs. Often air quality issues trace back to duct leakage, where untreated and unclean air from attics, additions, and floors is drawn inside the home through leaky ducts. This unintentional leakage may cause air contamination as well as varying temperatures throughout the building, leading to higher energy bills.
Duct leakage testing became required with the 2012 IECC release and has been included in both the 2015 and 2018 IECC. Many State codes will also require this test if they are based on the 2012 or later IECC.
Duct leakage testing assesses the tightness of the entire duct system by measuring forced air heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) ductwork. During a total duct leakage test, RSR helps builders and their contractors identify areas where leakage is noted so ducts can be properly sealed to avoid indoor air quality problems.
Whatever the climate, insulation defects have a significant impact on the comfort and energy efficiency of all structures. Thermal imaging is used to assess heat loss in new or existing structures by measuring or testing the effectiveness of air sealing and insulation.
During a build, thermal imaging helps auditors determine if a home needs additional insulation and air sealing. Thermal scans are often performed in conjunction with duct leakage testing to pinpoint heat loss and air leaks within the structure.