EnergyLogic Inspection Report Updates

If you thought that communicating the status of an inspection would be straightforward you would be wrong.    Therefore, in an effort to better ensure clarity and consistency in the delivery of our inspection reports we will highlight the following changes, effective Monday, May 21, 2018. 

One very important change is regarding inspection report language.

The term “Builder Sign Off” will be changed to “Fix and Proceed”.  Items that were formally designated as a “Builder Sign Off” will now be designated with hammer icon and a “Fix and Proceed” message.

   Fix and Proceed

   Correct and Re-inspect

   Photo Re-Inspection 

  • These are inspection items that fail to meet the intent of a program or code but are minor in nature and do not warrant an on-site re-inspection.  They, however, must be fixed in order to ensure compliance with the appropriate code or program.  Any issue designated as “Fix and Proceed” becomes the sole responsibility of the Builder’s field construction management team.
  • Items that were formally designated as a “Failure” will be replaced with the message “Correct and Re-inspect”.  The “Correct and Re-inspect” designation is for inspection items that clearly fail to meet the intent of a program or code and are serious enough in nature to require on-site verification that the item has been corrected.
  • EnergyLogic has added a “Photo Re-inspection” ability which will be designated using a blue camera icon on our reports.   “Photo Re-inspection” is an option used at the discretion of the HERS Rater. It can be used when, and only when, all “Correct and Re-inspect” items do not warrant an on-site re-inspection.

For example, if five items are called out as “Correct and Re-inspect” and four of them could be “Photo Re-inspected” but one needs an on-site inspection the entire group would be assigned “Correct and Re-inspect” with an on-site re-inspection as a trip is required.  On the other hand, if at the time of re-inspection some inspection items have not been fully fixed but it is clear that they are being addressed, a “Correct and Re-inspect” may change to a “Photo Re-inspection”.

Regardless, when “Photo Re-inspection” is called out items need to be addressed, photo documented and sent to the Rater as quickly as possible or an on-site re-inspection may be ordered, drywall may need to be removed, and all kinds of issues could arise. It is EnergyLogic’s expectation that photos will be received within 24-36 hours to verify that the item has been corrected.

It is obvious that every scenario can’t be exemplified here so I want to make it clear that inspection items will be assessed and allocated as Passed, “Fix and Proceed”, “Correct and Re-inspect”, or “Photo Re-inspection” at the sole discretion of the Rater based on their judgment. EnergyLogic is always open to dialogue so please ask questions of our field rating team whenever needed and we will do our best to get you the clarification you need in the timeliest manner possible.

Lastly, the structure and look of our reports are changing as well. 

All changes have been instituted to more clearly express and report the issues that are occurring in the homes we work in.  We need to know if you agree, so please let us know if you see areas for greater clarity.

Thank you!

If you have any questions, please email Robby Schwarz.

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Who to Contact:

Robby Schwarz
Principal, Director of Builder Relations

Email Robby
720-838-0677

Work Completed by EnergyLogic in 2017

We want to begin by thanking each and every one of you for giving us the opportunity to serve your needs, whether it be through consulting, code and program compliance, HERS Index services, or quality assurance needs. We take pride in our partners and relationships, as we couldn’t be successful without each and every one of you to help achieve increasing the comfort, safety, durability, and quality of residential homes.

We are not only proud of our EnergyLogic ‘Logicians’ for the tremendous job they continue to do, but we are also proud to have worked with our industry partners through some challenges which affected many professionals across our industry in 2017. Those issues, such as Flak Jacket and labor shortage aside, we should be proud of what we’ve all been able to accomplish. EnergyLogic is thankful for every opportunity that our partners and their teams have provided by allowing us to strengthen our partnerships, and to tip our glasses toward welcoming another successful year in 2018.

As we’re working our way through the first quarter of 2018, it’s always good to take a few moments to reflect on our collective accomplishments from the year prior. 2017 was a busy year up and down the Front Range of Colorado. As shown in the graphic chart above, EnergyLogic has focused on performance for our partners by completing 4,000+ rough inspections and near 3,900 final inspections. As we reflect upon each of the metrics supported in this graph, we can’t help but get excited about what’s to come in 2018.

Like most of our partners, we continue to grow and innovate to better meet the challenges of our industry. Through the journey that has brought us here, and the journey ahead, we’d like to share a few highlights:

  • We’re beginning our 12th year at EnergyLogic. Much has changed in both our industry and our company, as we have learned that being flexible and adaptable to change is an important focus, and is what has helped to make us successful.
  • A lot of our time in 2017 was spent evaluating our systems and processes, refining our service offerings, and implementing efficiency improvements. This journey brought us to the launch of our new Vision and Mission:
    • Vision: A world in which every person lives in a home that promotes happiness and security.
    • Mission: To meet our partners where they are and engage them in the journey of building the best possible homes.
  • We continue to nurture our strong cultural foundation through the elements of our core values: A – All for one and one for all; B – Build a better mousetrap; C – Chase perfection; D – Do the right thing; and, E – Energy. Each of our core values individually, and collectively, support the passion of what we do, and help us to focus on ways we can work together to become better at what we do.
  • 2017 brought significant growth through our HVAC design service, specifically, our HVAC design, testing and inspection package. Many of our partners have discovered value in pairing these services together to verify and ensure that the system performs in the field, reducing potential warranty and comfort complaints. We also saw increased growth of our third-party quality assurance services. We are actively expanding this offering in 2018.

As we take each new step throughout 2018, we carry forward our insights from 2017 which will help us to better serve our partners and to realize our newly launched vision and mission.  Thank you for your continued confidence in EnergyLogic.

Please reach out to me, or to any Logician if you have thoughts on how we can improve.

Happy 2018!

– Robby Schwarz and the EnergyLogic Team

If you have any questions, please email Robby Schwarz or Rusty Buick

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Who to Contact:

Robby Schwarz
Principal, Director of Builder Relations

Email Robby
720-838-0677

Claiming the $2,000 Federal Tax Credit for 2016

EnergyLogic assesses compliance with the Federal tax credit for every home that we inspect. In addition, we provide a tax credit compliance report that is signed for every home that is tested.208-9x463-2artboard-1800x1200

Over the past several years EnergyLogic has had to reissue these tax credit documents due to software updates that have also changed the physical look and content of the document.  Due to the need to reissue the reports, we were able to issue new passing tax credit certificates and lump them together for your convenience. The reports were typically sent in an email at the beginning of the year or a builder login was issued directing you to pull these reports from our DASH data system.

For 2016 homes, EnergyLogic will not need to re-run tax credit certificates or make any adjustments to the certificates you have already received. Therefore, builders will not be receiving an email containing all passing tax credits. EnergyLogic has already emailed all final report packets to you at the time the home has been rated and certified. Within those final report packets, you will find the tax credit certificate. It clearly states on the tax credit certificate if the home passes or not.  In addition, the tax certificate is signed only for the homes that pass.

Link to Sample Tax Credit Report

Builder Login for EnergyLogic’s DASH database
You can also access these final report packets using your builder login to EnergyLogic’s DASH database. Contact Tracy Larson at tracy@nrglogic.com if you need directions, username and password for the DASH builder login.  Tracy will be sending you a spreadsheet in the next few weeks that lists all homes that qualified for the tax credit which will narrow down the list of packets you’ll need to locate and make your search easier.

Link to document on how to search and locate tax credit documents packets in DASH

The Federal tax credit expired on January 1st, 2017.  As in the past, Energylogic will continue to issue tax credit certificates for all homes that we inspect. We will do this because historically every time the tax credit has expired it has been re-authorized and made effective retroactively to the date it expired.  For example, on January 1st, 2015 the tax credit expired. In December of 2015. the tax credit was re-authorized to be effective from January 1st, 2015 through December 31st, 2016.  The only way we can be sure that your homes will be able to get the credit if the tax credit is re-authorized is to keep track of whether they pass or not at the time of the final inspection.  We strongly recommend that your office file the tax credit certificates for those homes that pass and are signed off on, so you are prepared to file for your credit if and when re-authorization occurs.

At this time, because nobody knows if re-authorization will occur, EnergyLogic does not recommend changing your building specification to optimize for the tax credit.

Additional information regarding the rebate structure and requirements is located on our website.

Robby Schwarz

 

Who to Contact:

Robby Schwarz
Principal, Director of Builder Relations

Email Robby
720-838-0677

Field Fusion: Learning How to Sell the Benefits of High-Performance Homes

Get in the Game by Selling High Performance 

Field-Fusion-LogoDate: November 16, 2016
3:00 – 7:00 PM

Cost: None

Location: Tavern Tech Center (Upstairs) 
5336 DTC Blvd
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Please RSVP here

Event Logistics:

3:00 – 5:00 PM 

Presenter: Todd Gamboa, President of Building Trust LLC

Issue: New construction is on the rise again. However, the real estate market is still dominated by older homes as they represent over 85% of sales. Homebuilders, HERS® Raters, trade partners, suppliers, and manufacturers have a significant impact on the way new homes are designed, built, and sold.
 
Objective:  Converting prospective buyers to new construction is a team effort. Leveraging your knowledge of building science, energy efficiency, and consumer trends and behavior, is the most effective way to create opportunities. Get in the game by learning how to demonstrate and sell the benefits of high-performance homes, services, and products. You will increase your sales, improve your profitability, and differentiate your brand!

5:00 – 7:00 PM 

EnergyLogic’s Mixer and networking

Drinks & hors d’oeuvres provided!

Todd Gamboa

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Todd Gamboa, President of Building Trust LLC, has been in the building industry for over 30 years, managing private and public companies. As a homebuilder, he has been responsible for the creation of thousands of homes. As a building science consultant, public speaker, and host of “New Home Solutions Radio”, he educates homebuilders, contractors, architects, appraisers, and realtors all over the country about the value and benefits of buying new construction. Mr Gamboa has launched and managed several, energy efficiency and “market transformation” programs for utility providers; home builder and realtor associations; and  state and federal government agencies throughout the U.S. His fast-paced, fun, and informative sales training have been described as “Info-tainment” by attendees.

 

This Field Fusion event is generously supported by Tyvek.

 

Get to know our new Field Services Manager & Software Technical Liaison, Steve Eagleburger

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EnergyLogic is proud to announce some exciting changes to our team! Get to know our new Field Services Manager & Software Technical Liaison, Steve Eagleburger.

Q&A: Learn more about Steve, his comprehensive background, and credentials!

What was your first job in the residential construction industry?

I’ve been involved in construction most of my life. I started as a painter/faux finisher around 30 years ago. I moved on to handyman work and eventually became a General Contractor around 2003.

How and when did you first become interested in high-performance homes and energy efficiency?

I’ve always been interested in environmental construction and design. I built the one and only Compressed Earth Block home in Denver and currently live there. It’s imperative that the construction industry realizes the impact it has on this planet and its inhabitants and take steps to move toward more efficient, cleaner and safer homes.

What insights did you gain in your time working as a general contractor?

Contractors can change the way we build homes and by making that change we can create longer- lasting, more comfortable, better performing homes. We often are focused on the bottom line when we should step back and look at the big picture. Success comes when we meet a triple bottom line -Economic Value, Environmental Sustainability and Social Responsibility. This is what drove me as a G.C. and eventually what lead me to work at Energylogic.

You’ve been with EnergyLogic since 2010 and have worked at a number of different roles.  What are some things you can share about your background in residential energy consulting?

You don’t know what you don’t know until you know it and as soon as you know it you need to share it. This is a constantly evolving industry and as raters and builders, we have to stay informed. Codes and programs evolve over time. It’s our responsibility as energy consultants to keep our clients informed and be as pre-emptive as possible when change is coming. Nobody likes surprises!

What are some of the common design mistakes or misconceptions builders should watch out for?

Demand a detailed set of drawings from your architect and engineer before you start to build and make sure those drawing specify local codes and builder program details! Refresh your plan set to include updated codes or details that were missed originally so you don’t keep repeating the same mistakes. So many failures and re-inspections can be avoided by having a knee wall framing detail somewhere in your plan set, or air barrier detail drawn for double framed walls, or by making sure there’s room between the stairs and foundation wall to add insulation, etc. These details allow everyone to do their job better, from estimators to installers.

Little things do matter. Even though we don’t like to delay construction schedules over minor issues, small improvements on a national scale can make an impact. We call these things out to help you build a better product, not to be obstructive. The building code and national programs such as Energy Star and DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes exist to help you build a better product and get to that triple bottom line. Embrace it and accept the future of construction!

What do you like to do in your free time?

When I’m not working you’ll find me hiking or camping with my wife and dog, but nothing too extreme. We like the quiet places.  Or maybe I’m down at the local brewery for a pint of cask-conditioned English ale.  Once a week you’ll find me at Zenko Kyudojo in Boulder, practicing Japanese archery.