What is an energy advisor?
Energy advisors are third party consultants that work on residential homes both new and existing. They provide energy modeling and airtightness testing as a portion of the requirements for delivering Natural Resources Canada’s EnerGuide Rating System, ENERGY STAR for New Homes, and CHBA NetZero Labelled homes. In BC, they are also specialists in providing support in demonstrating compliance with the BC Energy Step Code for Part 9 residential buildings.
An energy model calculates how much energy a proposed building is expected to use. Modelled energy consumption in a building can relate to space heating, ventilation, lighting, appliance and plug loads. An energy advisor understands the modelling software, construction details and BC Building Code requirements. The advisor evaluates the size and geometry of the building, the climate at the building’s location, the effective insulation values of assemblies such as walls, ceilings, windows and doors, and the mechanical systems that keep the house comfortable and provide hot water.
How can an Energy Advisor help me?
We provide guidance on Step Code compliance metrics, Net Zero building, and EnerGuide labelling. Concentrating on the house-as-a-system concept, while respecting the balance between increasing energy efficiency and cost effective solutions.
We work closely with our clients, helping to improve the comfort, health and energy efficiency of their home through energy modelling, and air-tightness testing. Carefully creating detailed roadmaps to aid in the renovation process.
Regardless of your project, using an energy advisor gives you comfort and peace of mind by ensuring that your home is modeled, tested and verified for it's energy efficiency levels.
Who are we?
Meet John and Tessa…Just a couple of energy advisors working with residential contractors, helping them to build better houses.
Because we love it!
John and Tessa have known each other for almost 15 years and have both been working in the construction industry for most of that time; John in the glazing industry and Tessa in residential fenestration. They enjoyed their respective jobs, but they also wanted to branch out on their own. With a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor’s in Business Admin between them, they knew they had the skills to run a company. So, John & Tessa started looking at options and quickly realized that energy advising was a perfect fit for them. A mixture of math and science, analysis, and field testing; part office work, (so we can hang with our dogs), part site visits (because people are cool too!), part consulting and part investigating. Ecolibrium Energy Solutions was born in 2019. A few years in and we wouldn’t trade this profession for the world.