I live in New England, New Hampshire, to be specific, and I just don't get the lack of seriousness about weatherization and credentials here. I'm BPI Certified Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist, have taken the Resnet Energy Smart Contractor test, have OSHA 10, lead certified renovator, the list goes on and on. Means nothing here. Area contractors insulate to be just good enough and nothing more. I can't tell you how many times that I have gone to a new construction job and have been told to not waste the time with air sealing the attic before insulating! Bidding wars between contractors have created a "trunk slammer" mentality and large corporate owners have a heavy hand on the bottom line. No one wants to step up and be better than the rest. There are really only 3 companies here and all are the same. Get it done quick and move on. Exasperating, to say the least. After 15 years in an industry that I truly love and have devoted so much time and effort to help raise the bar, I am seriously considering retiring.  

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Comment by R Higgins on July 6, 2013 at 11:34pm

Your story is very much the norm.  Few care to spend any money upfront, and many can't, despite end savings.  As another poster noted, start your own company, but first check into governmental programs that you could tap into as your own co, doing audits of sr housing, getting rebates from the gov for clients insulating, etc..  Set your company up around these, and expand out into private work. 

Your story is the story of all real estate development.  Market forces SHOULD enable some developers and builders to differentiate product and attract customers via BETTER building that is cheaper to run, healthier to live in, etc.  This assumes freely available capital to many in order to enter the business and compete.  It presumes a diverse group of entrepenures williing to accept different rates of return.  Banks lend money mostly to those with money, prev. projects, etc., whose idea of return is MONEY NOW! ensuring the same product and market mentality forever.   It will take the gov't to force a "higher" level playing field upon the RE industry.  Yes, "bad" big gov't, stepping in where private business no longer responds to market forces, instead dictating what the market is.  Cheap crap sold fast.  The NYC ECC code and related plans are FORCING large building owner to track and report energy useage, install seperate metering, undertake upgrades with 5 yr or less paybacks.  The standards will be continually raised as reporting exposes waste.  In this way ALL RE developers and owners are on a "level" playing field and none will lose competitive advantage to another.

Comment by Perry Ning on July 6, 2013 at 10:02am

I still own an old house in Connecticut.  I understand exactly what you are talking.  One good way to show people heat is an infrared thermometer with a good display if you do not already have one. Scan inside of a house in summer and outside a house in winter to show people where the heat leaks are. That would get more attention.  Here are some <a href="http://heatexch.com/heat/heat-transfer/">infrared house scan images</a>: http://heatexch.com/heat/heat-transfer/.

Cheers, Perry

Comment by Sean Lintow Sr on July 4, 2013 at 9:27pm

Considered starting your own company? In many ways that is the only way to make the changes you see being needed & forcing others to raise their bar (well that & code changes). With that I will say it can be very tough starting out but when you do get a good reputation it can help a lot... Make sure if you go that route you look at your market carefully & be ready to travel

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