A lot of advanced remodelers are testing homes and then sitting down with their clients to look at some of the problems and talking about the long-term issues.
“People tend not to want to spend money on the things that aren’t visible,” adds Seville. “They would prefer to spend it on granite countertops and appliances. Part of the hurdle is that homeowners aren’t aware of the problems, but it’s like driving around a nice Mercedes with a leaky sunroof, bad exhaust and a terribly out-of-tune engine.”
A great way to implement building science in a business is to find someone who can do the testing and evaluation or have someone in the business learn to do, which includes education and purchasing some equipment.
“There’s so much to learn in relation to building science that it’s amazing,” explains Raymer. “There are good programs and conferences, and there are organizations like the Building Performance Institute that do training. Remodelers need to be trained in building science to grow their business and to protect them from mistakes.”