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Project Profile: Boyle Residence

April 02 2015
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The Boyle Residence

Energy assessment identifies breaks in insulation and a substanial interior air leak

the problems

The 3,200 square foot brick Roanoke County home was generally in good condition and built with sustainability in mind. The builder installed abundant insulation in 1990 and oriented the home to receive passive solar radiation. The initial blower door test, however, measured three time higher than the reading indicating significant breaches in the building envelope.

Project Profile: Tiffany Residence

October 02 2014
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Tiffany house photoThe Tiffany Residence

Home Retrofit Work Minimizes Drafts, Moisture Issues and Gives Heat Pump a Rest

the problems

Built in 1950, this 3400 square foot brick-veneer home presented several heating challenges during winter months. The family room was cold, the front entryway was drafty and the heat pump ran constantly. A geothermal system was installed by a previous owner which worked well in the spring, summer and fall seasons, but expensive electric backup heat was over used during the winter.

Project Profile: Rech Family

March 20 2014
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 Rech Residence project profile

Troy Rech

Client Makes Home Renovation Project More Cost Effective While Retrofitting Home for Energy Efficiency

the problems

This two-story Colonial was built in 1941 in the city’s South Roanoke neighborhood. Just under 3400 square feet, the home is made of wood frame construction and has a full basement. The owner was interested in making the family’s home more energy efficient while closing in a screened porch. He timed the renovation with the energy retrofit. The attic contained ineffective insulation and unsealed ductwork and windows were present throughout the home. Several ceiling bath fans were unsealed and in need of replacement.

Commercial Project Profile: Roanoke Valley Resource Authority - Tinker Creek Transfer

March 20 2014
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Tinker project profile 

The Surprising Connection Between Energy Loss and Odor Control (and the Big Pay-off)

The Roanoke Valley Resource Authority owns the Tinker Creek Transfer Station, the Smith Gap Landfill and the Waste Line Express train. This regional, public-private partnership was the first project in the United States to use rail as the sole transportation link between a solid waste transfer station and a landfill.

A visual and diagnostic Facilities Energy Performance Assessment of the Administration Building and Tipping Floor at Tinker Creek Transfer Station resulted in recommendations to reduce energy usage and maintenance costs and to improve the working comfort of employees and visitors.

Commercial Project Profile: Roanoke Valley Resource Authority - Smith Gap Landfill

March 19 2014
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Smith Gap project profile

Hidden to the Eye, Thermal Imaging Exposes Energy Losses

The Roanoke Valley Resource Authority owns the Tinker Creek Transfer Station, the Smith Gap Landfill and the Waste Line Express train. This regional, public-private partnership was the first project in the United States to use rail as the sole transportation link between a solid waste transfer station and a landfill.

A visual and diagnostic Facilities Energy Performance Assessment of the Administration Building, Tipping Floor and Maintenance Shop at Smith Gap Landfill resulted in recommendations to reduce energy usage and maintenance costs and to improve the working comfort of employees and visitors.

Project Profile: Creamer Residence

March 18 2014
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Creamer project profile

The Creamer Family

Client Goes the Extra Mile to Make Home Energy Efficient

the problems

A 5,700 square foot home on the fringe of Roanoke provided a welcome opportunity for energy efficiency. This 1992, all-electric structure was built with two heat pump systems. The performance of the HVAC ducts and water heater were poor and attic and basement insulation minimal. Although the forced air system provided adequate heat, the air conditioning was only average. Utilizing blower door technology, the energy audit indicated air leakage of the home to be three times greater than normal. This is equivalent to almost a 3 foot square hole. Our crews noted a lack of insulation in many areas, unsealed supply vents and a dirt crawlspace.

Project Profile: The Grasty Residence

March 17 2014
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Grastyhome project profile

Grasty Family

Family of Four updates century old house to high energy efficiency standards

the problems

The Grasty home is located in the Old Southwest Historic District on a busy thoroughfare in Roanoke. The 1915 wood frame construction covers 2200 square feet. This older home had minimal insulation and experienced air leakage at doors and windows and at plumbing, electrical and HVAC penetrations.

Project Profile: Simmons Family

March 14 2014
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Simmons project profile

Sharon Simmons

Fixed Income Client Gets Control of Energy Bills and Refinances More Valuable Home

the problems

This 1920s, 800 square foot home in Roanoke's Riverdale neighborhood was originally a two-room structure that has been expanded with two small additions. The roof and front porch were modified in the early 1980's by Total Action Against Poverty (TAP) and mechanical equipment was updated in 2006. Fast forwarding to 2012, high energy bills, dust and drafts prompted the homeowner to contact the Community Alliance for Energy Efficiency (cafe2). Retired and on a fixed income, the rising utility costs were a big monthly dent in the budget. Through cafe2, the homeowner learned about the team at Better Building Works, LLC (BBWx).

Business and Home Owners Can Cool Their Energy Bills

August 12 2013
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thermography-280x300With rising energy costs continually being pushed at consumers, regional businesses have found a way to help rescue their local communities. Better Building works was featured in a Roanoke Times article that showcased the benefits of energy assessments for homeowners. 

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