Building Performance Specialists is all about education. There are so many myths out there that are being propagated among home buyers and contractors that are hurting the industry as a whole. For example that for every 600 sqft of house you need 1 ton of HVAC power, this is completely and utterly untrue. And even if you were to take the average of all the properly sized AC units and the combined square footage and get the 600sqft per 1 ton ratio it would still be wrong. Why?

This is where the proper education comes into play. Like most things in life to truly understand something you can’t just know what works you need to know why it works. Building science as a whole is riddled with these types of myths and misconceptions. So how is a homeowner supposed to know that they aren’t falling prey to one of these myths? Fortunately building codes where written to protect the layperson from falling victim to well-distributed nonsense. Now I am not suggesting that you go out and buy the latest edition of 2009 International Residential Code, that is what building inspectors are for, but I am all for dispersing myths by sharing information.

Now why is this important? Quick poll, Who would like to have their home insurance rates drop? When homes are built to a higher standard insurance companies can lower their rates because they are incurring less risk. Maybe you already have great rates, great! There is still enormous value in insuring your home is built according to the high standards laid out by building codes, namely the security you will feel knowing that your investment has the greatest chance of not failing prematurely.

So that leaves the question of where do we find this information with out going to the code books? Fortunately some really great organizations filled with people much smarter than me regularly keep us up to date on their fields of expertise and offer resources. I will link some of my favorites below.

Everything to do with residential air conditioning.

Thermal envelope inspections.

Should my house “breathe”?

What kind of insulation is best for me?



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