BPI/RESNET training is recommended, but not required. The software is intuitive with tooltips on every data field.
contractors, energy auditors, home performance companies, utility programs
12 months of utility bills, zip code, age of home, conditioned square footage, age and type of heating and cooling equipment, and thermostat settings are all that are needed to create an effective base model. Details for insulation, blower door results, windows, doors, and appliances are necessary only if the replacement of those items will be recommended.
The user has the ability to edit all recommendations and easily add custom text, photos, and photo captions. A live html report is generated, which can be viewed with the homeowner on site. A PDF version of the report can be quickly generated for printing or sending via email.
Each recommendation in the report addresses savings to investment ratio, installed costs, rebates and incentives, annual savings, comfort health and safety, observations and notes, photos and captions.
The tool is simple enough for a "lightly" trained contractor to perform a quick energy assessment or "clipboard audit" with good estimates of energy savings and minimal inputs. However, it is powerful enough for a BPI-certified professional to perform a comprehensive energy audit with highly accurate energy savings predictions.