What is Home Performance
No, we’re not talking about an acting troupe showing up to do Shakespeare at your next house party. This is about your home itself becoming a star performer!
Home Performance is a philosophy with five guiding tenants: a home should be safe, healthy, comfortable, durable, and energy-efficient. It is also a science, based on the fact that a home is a complex interactive system that requires accurate testing when problems arise.
Many people either take those five tenants for granted or simply neglect them. That is, until something goes wrong. Your home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. Yet it doesn’t come with an instruction manual! Through MBPA you can learn about your home through the lens of building science. You may conclude it’s not a do-it-yourself project.
Then it’s time to consult a professional who understands building science and uses sophisticated testing equipment to evaluate your home. You will receive prioritized recommendations for action. After work is completed, retesting verifies that problems have really been corrected. This approach can stave off future problems and save you money!
Five Pillars of Home Performance
- Safety: Safety is the most important aspect of your home’s system. For example, backdrafting appliances can send out dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Building materials might be outgassing unsafe levels of formaldehyde.
- Health: Poor indoor air quality is listed by the EPA as one of the top environmental threats to human health. Your home's indoor air quality should never be a threat to health.
- Comfort: Your home is a refuge and should be comfortable. Drafty rooms, cold spots, unpleasant summer humidity and heat, poor quality lighting or incandescent lighting that raises summer heat - are all avoidable!
- Durability: Imperfections within a building can have long-term repercussions. For example, moisture can develop rot that weakens framing. Insufficient insulation causes ice dams that destroy your roof.
- Energy Efficiency: Last but not least, everyone wants to live in a cost-effective home. Often an energy audit will highlight a few simple improvements that can save you money.