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An EnerGuide Report is Sure to Benefit Your Home
Published on February 27, 2018

Accredited by the Government of Canada, EnerGuide is the energy performance standard for homes, vehicles, and appliances. Regardless of the size of your home, energy consumption and energy efficiency should be at the forefront. With the EnerGuide Rating System (and EnerGuide Report) it's easy to understand energy consumption patterns and consider viable improvements.

An EnerGuide Report must be issued by a Certified Energy Auditor, and is recognized by Natural Resources Canada. The aim of an EnerGuide Rating is to give you, the homeowner, a basic "game plan" to improve home energy efficiency, consume less energy, and save on utilities. By 2019, every home will need an EnerGuide Rating prior to sale - a better rating means added value.

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5 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home
Published on February 08, 2018

5 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

While many home improvements may appear to increase the value of your home, home energy retrofits and upgrades are definitely going to increase the value of your home. Improving home energy efficiency will have both short term and long-term benefits. To begin with, every upgrade will shrink your utility bill (summer and winter). And when its time to sell, the efficiency features will add value to the sale price. In fact, by 2019, home energy will be an integral part of a listing.

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Having an Energy Audit Can Save You Money on Utility Bills
Published on January 16, 2018

Having a formal home energy assessment can be very valuable in determining how a home is operating mechanically. In fact, a professional energy audit can save you money by setting the stage for lower utility bills. A home that is performing poorly is wasting valuable energy and wasting precious money. Worse still, it’s happening winter and summer throughout the year.

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Thermal Imaging Inspection Helps to Reduce Energy Bills
Published on December 24, 2017

Infrared thermal imaging is one of the most accurate diagnostics for measuring home energy efficiency. A comprehensive thermal imaging inspection can easily identify home insulation that is damaged, or existing insulation that has been poorly installed. A thermal imaging inspection can also isolate pockets of air leakage, as well as moisture intrusion in the building envelope. All of this can contribute to inadequate home energy efficiency and therefore higher energy bills.

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Energy Upgrades with a Certified Energy Auditor in Hamilton
Published on December 18, 2017

Energy Upgrades with a Certified Energy auditor in Hamilton

For the best results with home energy efficiency, it’s best to go with a professional approach. With a certified energy auditor in Hamilton, homeowners are assured of a comprehensive energy audit that will determine if a home is operating at optimum efficiency. Any home that has been poorly performing is wasting valuable energy and money. When contracting a certified energy auditor in Hamilton, property owners receive an accurate diagnosis and practical remedies.

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What To Expect From A Home Inspection Report
Published on July 31, 2017

Unfortunately, home inspections are often undervalued. But the truth is - a comprehensive home inspection can be extremely valuable. In fact, the information garnered from a home inspection report can be an excellent roadmap going forward for any homeowner or property owner.

When professionally expedited, a good home inspection can be of value when selling a home, buying a home, or renovating a home. As such, the home inspection report will serve a number of purposes. Here again, it’s the professionals who deliver more salient evaluations and data.

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A Comprehensive Home Inspection Can Be Very Valuable
Published on July 15, 2017

It’s often underestimated - but a good home inspection can be very valuable. Professionally managed, a home inspection can be valuable when buying a home, selling a home, and even renovating a home. The aim is to address problem areas, discover “hidden” issues, and then implement suitable remedies. With Barrier Sciences Group, home inspection services are comprehensive, reporting is objective, and remedy options reflect the best return-on-investment.

For some, a home inspection might be a pre-requisite (buying or selling a property). For others, it might be purpose-driven (undertaking a major renovation). Whatever the situation, the more comprehensive the inspection, the better the overview. And here, Barrier Sciences Group offers an in-depth home inspection checklist that is thorough and exhaustive. For clients who might need more specialized inspections, a customized checklist can be designed as supplementary.

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Many Good Reasons For Getting a Home Inspection in Toronto
Published on June 30, 2017

There are various reasons to get a home inspection in Toronto. For those who are buying or selling a property, a professional inspection can reveal many things, both positive and negative. Even for those who are renovating or retrofitting, a comprehensive inspection can pinpoint issues that should be addressed. What's important is to ensure an objective evaluation that also provides remedies and solutions that will help the homeowner in making practical decisions.

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Building Envelope Consultants Are Energy Efficiency Experts
Published on June 19, 2017

When the earliest homebodies started to settle down 10,000 years ago, agriculture provided a way for humans to set down more than just literal roots - we began building shelters, or homes, as well. Meant to provide more than just shelter from the environment, these structures were also meant to enable us to regulate our indoor temperature. Thankfully, modern-day construction methods and building envelope consultants mean that no longer do we need to stuff our walls with straw; instead, energy efficiency specialists can help you construct the best building envelope for your needs.

 

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Compartmentalization in multi-unit (multi-family) residential buildings
Published on May 03, 2017

Not surprisingly, in a large residential building, the last thing anyone wants is air leaks between the individual units. This is especially noticeable with cigarette smoke, as the second-hand smoke travels to all of the adjacent apartments. Also noticeable with cooking odours, these smells tend to linger and often remain in the air. To be sure, these are annoyances that are part of living in a multi-family residential building – but it doesn’t have to be that way.

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The Province’s HRRP Now Offers New Eligibility, New Territories, & New Incentives.

There’s great news for homeowners who are planning to do residential renovations or upgrades! The Ontario Government has significantly enhanced the province’s Home Reno Rebate Program. And the bottom line for homeowners - higher rebates! By doing renovations or upgrades that will improve a home’s energy efficiency, homeowners may be eligible for substantial rebates of up to $5,000 from Union Gas. Simply put, there are long-term payoffs with an energy efficient home.

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