envelope in the vast majority of structures.
The key to utilizing this concept is conducting
laboratory research on the air leakage of
various building materials and assemblies.
Energy Wise has conducted its own research to
establish an extensive database from which to
project leakage rates for any given structure.
“Once you isolate a structure to where you
know the leakage rates, then you can very
accurately project what the leakage is going
to be in an entire house,” Rue explained. “We
can tell you without blower door testing, plus
or minus five percent, what your air leakage in
that house is going to be.”
Factoring an accurate projection of air leakage
with the properties of a thermal envelope made
of spray foam allows for the installation of a
more efficiently designed–or in Energy Wise’s
view, properly sized–HVAC system. Rue is quick
to point out that what EnergyWise considers
properly sized is what much of the industry
might view as being undersized. This primarily
has to do with Energy Wise’s view on make-up
air, relative to that of the industry at large.
When putting it all together, EnergyWise’s
specifications allow for the accurate projection
of the most relevant figure to a customer’s
bottom line: the cost of their monthly energy
bill. The company’s projections are so reliable
that they’re guaranteed.
“It’s a one-page guarantee that’s no-nonsense
and isn’t limited,” said Rue. “There’s really not
much you can do to void the guarantee unless
you don’t contact us if you have a problem.”
EnergyWise’s guarantee compensates
customers for bills in excess of the projected
monthly energy cost, and also for interior
humidity rates that exceed 50% relative
humidity. However, a problem is a vastly rare
occurrence for an EnergyWise-specified home.
In a span of more than three decades, the
company has yet to engineer a system that
didn’t fulfill the guarantee.
“We’ve done over 40,000 structures and we’ve
never had to pay the difference,” said Rue.
Indeed, Energy Wise’s engineering expertise
results in the kind of reliability applicable to
“everything short of high-rise buildings.” On
the commercial/industrial end of the scale,
EnergyWise contracted with a school system
in Missouri to specify an elementary school.
“The first school we designed for them to our
specifications averages one-tenth of what the
school system’s best LEED platinum school
was,” said Rue.
To be precise, the school’s energy cost now
averages less than a penny per square foot.
That may sound amazing, but by no means is
it an anomaly. Among the notable residential
mechanical systems Energy Wise has designed
is an estate located in Tennessee. With over
13,000 sq. ft. under air, the home has a monthly
energy cost documented at only $166.
With results that are both measurable and noteworthy,
EnergyWise is positioned to make a major impact in
the energy-efficient specification and construction
of residential and commercial buildings. Raising
homeowner awareness about their services is critical
to achieving the company’s initiative.
understand the benefits of an EnergyWise system.
The digital nature of these sample manuals allows
for the limitless sharing of EnergyWise’s services
through mediums like email and social media, which
is something the company views as being exceedingly
beneficial to its future.
To illustrate exactly what an EnergyWise
specification entails, customers are typically
given manuals delineating what has been
analyzed, what needs improvement, how those
improvements will be implemented, and what
results the customer can expect. The company’s
customers can share these printed materials,
but only in a limited manner, if at all.
With that in mind, EnergyWise has opted to
enter the digital domain with regard to how
it promotes its services. The company has
leveraged the level of detail in its manuals
to present potential customers with digital
sample manuals from which to better
About EnergyWise Structures
Texas-based EnergyWise Structures is a mechanical
engineering firm specializing in ultra-energy-efficient
construction utilizing its proprietary EnergyWise
System. The EnergyWise System incorporates spray
foam insulation, air quality, comfort requirements,
and equipment efficiency, which translate into
cost-effective options for saving energy and saving
money. Beyond saving money, every Energy Wise
energy analysis report considers humidity control,
air quality and the general health and comfort of
the environment within the structure. For more
information, visit www.energywisestructures.com.
Click here to view a sample manual.