Momentum, your home energy efficiency partner, provides the following services for building energy efficient homes.
As part of the Home Energy Evaluation, Momentum will work with homeowners to offer reliable, prioritized, energy efficiency suggestions based on your homes existing needs. Momentum evaluates the home from top to bottom:
- Attic & Crawl Space Insulation Inspection
- Mechanical Inspections (heating, AC, water heating, and appliances)
- Blower Door Test (testing for leaks)
- Inferred Camera
After completing these inspections and tests and pinpointing which areas of the home are losing the most energy, Momentum will discuss how to prioritize your home improvement projects to reap the greatest energy savings. In addition, Momentum will show you ways to use less energy on daily basis and provide information on any current rebates or incentives.
As part of the Blower Door Test, Momentum utilizes the Minneapolis Blower Door on-site, during the final inspection to measure the airtightness of forced air. Blower Doors provide a reliable, highly accurate and cost-effective method for determining a home’s air leakage. The Blower Door test can identify building envelope leakage; leaks such as penetration from plumbing and electrical can cause drafts resulting in an unwanted variance in temperature. Blower Door air tightness measurements can help estimate the need for additional mechanical ventilation.
The Thermal Boundary Inspection, also referred to as the thermal envelope, restricts or slows the flow of heat from conditioned to unconditioned spaces.
Conditioned space consists of:
Any living area of the home. Examples are living room, kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms.
Unconditioned spaces consist of:
Any non-living areas of the home. Examples are a garage, most attics, and most crawl spaces.
As part of the Thermal Boundary Inspection, Momentum will physically review both the conditioned and unconditioned spaces. While inspecting current insulation levels in each of these spaces, special focus is given to areas historically known for leakage: the knee walls, attics, crawlspaces, bonus room walls and windows.
Momentum will also review the home's ventilation along with common air leakage sites such as staircases, chimney chases, recessed light fixtures, plumbing and electrical penetrations, and possibly framing details. This process ensures the homes overall health and comfort.
As part of the Water Management Inspection, Momentum will inspect the flashing, moisture barriers, and membranes of the home to ensure protection from water- and mold-related problems thus preventing moisture-related indoor air quality problems.
Momentum and the builder follow a comprehensive water and moisture management system to protect the roof, walls, and foundation. Also, special care is taken to protect onsite building materials to make sure they don’t become water-damaged during the construction process.