Where is the money in energy auditing / home rating?

I'm a real estate broker that became certified as BPI building analyst to provide energy audits for my clients when buying a home.  Since then I have expanded into providing home ratings for my sellers that have taken the time and investment to improve the energy efficiency of their home and it has rewarded my real estate business ten fold. I'm thinking about taking it a step further and become a HERS rater but want to see if there is additional income possibilities if I move forward with that step.

I'm curious though for those of you that are energy auditors and home raters, where is there a viable business model for energy audits?  Is it pursuing home performance work with air sealing, HVAC, insulation or are there individuals/companies out there that perform energy audits and home ratings for architects, builders, contractors, etc and make a nice income strictly on the rating side of the business?

Thanks in advance.

Rob

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Great post Rob.  I'm glad to see your business is doing well auditing clients' homes!  I think you'd have to ask yourself if the fees equate to best time spent vs. earning commissions.  It's great to be able to offer the service, but will it take away from your client base selling homes?  All the best to you!

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