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Delivering Measurable Gains


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Lotesto employs a staff of eight to perform upgrades on the building envelopes of the homes that he tests. He believes that the testing has a positive affect on his crew.

"Going into a project, my installers know that their work is going to be evaluated because I retest all of my homes after the renovations are complete," Lotesto says. "They look forward to this because they get verification that they did a great job. This has a positive effect on them--it makes them feel like they're involved in a stronger operation with a superior end product. It increases morale."

This gauge for the blower door test tells the user exactly how leaky the house is.GETTING STARTED IN BUILDING PERFORMANCE TESTING

The amount of time it takes to become certified in building performance testing varies according to the depth of knowledge a building professional desires. It took Lotesto a year because he wanted to come a BPI-Certified Building Analyst, a BPI-Certified Shell Specialist, a RESNET-Certified HERS rater, and a BPI-Accredited Contractor. He estimates that others could satisfy one or two of the basic requirements in less time if they passed the requisite field and written evaluations. Preparing for those evaluations could take a few weeks or months.

According to Lotesto, the basic equipment needed to perform the tests costs about $5,000 dollars, while the length of time it takes to make up for that investment depends on the aggressiveness of your marketing strategies and how popular building performance testing is in your region.

"Testers working in areas where the testing has already gained acceptance will have an easier time earning back their initial investment," says Lotesto.

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